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Yow... that's bad going.

More pics available to view on the original Silodrome article: https://silodrome.com/field-of-abandoned-ferraris/ 

Though I had to titter at the article's opening line,

"A series of unfortunate events led to a sight we only very rarely see in the car world – a dozen Ferraris parked out in a field and forgotten, as though they were little more than a rag tag collection of ’96 Dodge Neons."

If it had been a whole field of '96 Neons, then there may have been even more interest on these fair pages...

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2 hours ago, Faker said:

Read this article the other day..  definitely not much of a friend to push potentially a million quid worth of prancing pony stock out in to a field for years...

There’s not a million quids worth in those fields. The stuff they’ve got in there look like the black sheep stuff like 400is and 348s. 

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55 minutes ago, sierraman said:

There’s not a million quids worth in those fields. The stuff they’ve got in there look like the black sheep stuff like 400is and 348s. 

There might be, provided the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is stuck in the boot-mount CD changer of one of them...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_Upon_a_Time_in_Shaolin

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Irrespective of the monetary value, it's downright tragic that they've been left to for like that.
I'm no massive Ferrari fan boy, but there is *something* about them, at least up until the 90s...

Had the pleasure of driving a Testarossa for most of a week a few years back, and for all it was the model that the purists loved to have, I'd have been very happy to have it as part of my fleet.  Only thing I remember actively disliking was that it was an absolute pig of a thing to clean.

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25 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Irrespective of the monetary value, it's downright tragic that they've been left to for like that.
I'm no massive Ferrari fan boy, but there is *something* about them, at least up until the 90s....

I've travelled in a 246GTS and a 456. They were nice enough to look at, but I wouldn't be able to cope with cars of that calibre. I am firmly of the view that you need to be in a certain income bracket to keep on top of one.

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I suspect they are mostly ‘parts’ cars now, although given Testarossa values that one might get restored - also the 308s.

Something like that yellow 400 convertible will need a total rebuild, and that would cost way more than whatever it’s worth (I’m guessing about £50k these days?)

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42 minutes ago, AnthonyG said:

....Something like that yellow 400 convertible will need a total rebuild, and that would cost way more than whatever it’s worth (I’m guessing about £50k these days?)

I thought the 400s were as low* as £35,000 but your guess is likely more accurate.

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11 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

There might be, provided the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is stuck in the boot-mount CD changer of one of them...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_Upon_a_Time_in_Shaolin

I spent a lot more time looking at this than those Ferrari's. What a fantastic idea.

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Talk of Neon', did the news of the barn with 150 brand new 1997 Chrysler Neon's go under the radar here? 

 

Personally its a shame seeing them in that state, even if they are the 'unloved' models. Personally I like the 400 series, something about the basic design! 

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Always loved these 400 series especially in black, kind of a stealth Ferrari!

I remember looking longingly at adverts for them in the motoring section of my percents copy of the Sunday Times in the mid 90s when you could pick up a good one for around £10k. I bet even these 'wrecks' would go for considerably more than that now.

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A friend recently sold a cat c 1985 328 gts which was a damned nice car in fairness when he got it a dozen or so years ago.... sold around 2 years ago for 50k needing a bit of tlc. There's some pretty high end classic ponies hiding in that field...

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13 Ferrari and 2 rollers. Both rollers and 2 Ferrari vanish

3x 328, at least 3x348, one or more 308, couple of 400, testorossa.

Using todays prices... That's a hell of a lot of money to push out in to a field for 10 years. 

10 years ago they were worth about half the present value going by what my mate paid for his 328 gts

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1 hour ago, Faker said:

.....Using todays prices... ....

10 years ago they were worth about half the present value going by what my mate paid for his 328 gts...

What was the average wage 10 years ago? Are they more or less affordable* now?

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My mate gave 35k for it, ten years ago. It was pretty mint (even though a cat c.. maybe d). 

It sold for 50k needing a respray! It was used for fun, and not necessarily kept in a heated garage. It developed spiders webs all under the paint. Was valued in excess of 70k if he'd have got it painted. Quotes of 10k were being bandied about...

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I'm a huge fan of Ferrari.  @Zelandeth - how did you end up swanking around in a TestaRossa? 

As for the moneygrabbers who left the cars in the field for a decade,  despite receiving  back payments from the ill fella's family...I sincerely hope karma catches up with them. 

Utter bastards.

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14 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

image.thumb.jpeg.e2f3062ebc305916a7258dbf9b9bbe6b.jpegThe 400 with the horrible roof conversion has already sold and surprisingly doesn't look too bad for an Italian car that lived in a field for years.

https://www.beverlyhillscarclub.com/1983-ferrari-400i-spider-conversion-c-9198.htm

 

To be fair, that does look an awful lot better than I expected it to look 🙂. I’ve reread the article and note the mention of a rescue by a ‘local Ferrari expert’ based in Houston, so it looks like this happened in Texas or elsewhere in the South-West.

If it had been in New York State I suspect the 400’s floor would have been missing in action after a few years...

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Am I the only one who wondered that there was paperwork for two Ferraris that weren't there and two Ferraris there without paperwork. Is there a chance that the storage chap pushed two wrong cars in the field that he was storing for someone else and still has the others (and the Rolls Royces) in his lock up?

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That's further inland than Houston, the shrubbery is wrong. 

Plus, despite the heat is really quite humid. Might have been TX, they have front plate holders.

 

Phil

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13 hours ago, Dick Longbridge said:

I'm a huge fan of Ferrari.  @Zelandeth - how did you end up swanking around in a TestaRossa? 

As for the moneygrabbers who left the cars in the field for a decade,  despite receiving  back payments from the ill fella's family...I sincerely hope karma catches up with them. 

Utter bastards.

Basically because one of my friends back up north was someone whose approach to special cars was that they were pointless to own if people couldn't enjoy them, and he trusted my driving.

I was stuck for wheels for a week while I was waiting for a part to arrive, and he always be a few things kicking around that were looking for a new home, I knew at that point that there was a Sierra and a Bluebird round the back of his place and was expecting one of those to be lent to me.

I got home with my folks that afternoon to find a Ferrari in the driveway and an envelope on our doorstep containing the keys and a note simply saying "Have fun :)"

Only cars of his that nobody was under any circumstances allowed to drive were the Ferrari Daytona and his orange X plate Escort 1.3 2-door estate. The first new car he ever bought, and possibly the most pampered mass market car ever to have existed.  Anything else was fair game for me, which meant I had a shot of some pretty exotic stuff over the years as he always had something interesting, but tended to change the exotic motor in the fleet every few months.

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