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OK, it is not a MB, but for our 13th anniversary, my wife bought me a 1987 Eurospec Red Ferrari Testarrosa with just under 14k miles. I drove her home today and all I can say is WOW! Not only is the car fantastic, it was amazing to see how other people on the highway were doing the stupidest things just to get a glimpse of the car. One guy was doing about 70 and pulled behind me just to take pics with his cell phone. It is late and has been a very long day, but I will post some pics tomorrow.
 

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WOW! Congraulations and Happy Anniversary! That's a wonderful gift! You're a very lucky man. :D

I heard the Testarossa does not have power-steering is that true?
 

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Vintage Ferrari? Lucky!!
 

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Better get ready for the repair bills! Classic Italian sports cars = big buck$!!
 

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Here are the pics

OK, I know I know, but it was a long day and late night. I forgot to take a pic of the motor so please don't yell at me! I will post one later. I also added pics of my other MB's and the 20" Giovanni's that are going on the 140, just been to busy with the TR. Here they are:crybaby2: (That's me yesterday in tears of joy)
 

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Here are the wheels and a pic with the wife's wagon. My wife is so great, when I arrive home with the TR, the minivan had been removed from the garage and she left the bay open for the new addition to the family. I am a very lucky man and I know it (she is also a latina beauty).
 

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Nice stable there!

So, what do you plan on doing with those stock wheels once you install the Giovannis? I'm only an hour down the road from you and I'd be happy to take 'em off your hands. :)
 

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Bob, the wheels are 20' Giovanna's, not Giovanni's, my mistake in spelling. With respect to the stock wheels, not sure at this point but I am also picking up a daily driver, 1993 400E original owner with all services records, and might put them on it, if possible. Otherwise, I will keep you in mind if I decide to get rid of them.
 

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NICE TR, BTW w140 stock wheels dont fit on W124 already been down that road :-( front wheel rubs on shock so much you cant even attach the wheel, would need thick spacers at least and longer bolts.....
 

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Brother, that is beautiful. What a nice gift from the missus.

As a past owner of a Ferrari (91 Mondial Convertible) be prepared to spend money on maintenence. No Ferrari is cheap to maintain properly, and the 80's and early 90's cars are quite picky.

Has the motor had it's 15k service yet? It's an engine drop and 6-8k job. Don't miss a single maintenence requirement. If you do you'll not be so happy later on. Most Ferrari's (sadly including mine which I bought with 7k miles on it) suffer from lack of use issues. Starting it and letting it warm in the garage was an issue caused by owners not realizing they must be driven.

Take good care of it and you'll love it for many years, but get it sorted first. I poured twice the cost of my Mondial into it in repairs and maintenance in the eleven years I owned it.

Check the radiator first thing. If the core is even slightly silted, replace it. A few degrees off in the coolant system is a very, very bad thing. The coolant has to circulate a long way and you'd be amazed how hot it can get.

Also, if an engine bank ever shuts down, pull over asap. I didn't and my motor burst into flames. Electrical problems are a small issue. But if sorted works great. Loose or aged/cracked/dried out ground wires are a death role.

Let only a Ferrari specialist touch it. Not even a general Italian specialist. Ferrari only as there are so many specifics to your very special motor. Even a small amount of overage in the oil level, for example, causes horrendous smoking problems.

Please don't let any of this scare you. It's a terrific Ferrari, quintessentially 80's and adored my every teen of the time. But take care to keep it healthy.

Best wishes and many years of joy with your Italian stallion.

Cheers,

R.
 

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Thanks guys, I am living in the twilight zone and believe me, if any of you are ever in the DC area, please let me know because mi casa es su casa! Rhodes1, yes, I know about the F maintenance and I did a ton of homework before we bought the TR. We have been looking for about 9 months before we found this beauty. This car came with all service records, done by a F dealer, from the time it was new and the last major was done less than 1k ago (about 2 years), brand new clutch, brake service, tires etc. Everything works and it came with a builtin radar detector (front and rear). This car is close to perfect and I feel very fortunate to have this car and yes, it was not a garage queen and was driven periodically to keep it pristine. I got this car from a retired race car driver and he showed me how to take care of this baby (warm ups, cool downs, driving, shifting, and proper opening and closing parts of the car, etc). Of course, he said that if for some out of this world reason I want to sell it in the future, would you please give me the opportunity to buy it back first.
 

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A high end German car is a fairly realistic dream. A high end Italian car is a dream not many will ever realize. Kudos to you my friend, kudos. :thumbsup:
 

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Congratulations. I got a V12 in front of me with the S600, but I love the concept of a flat 12 behind me. :) Actually, been thinking of a Mondial some day. 4 seat convertible for the whole family.

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