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Weekend Edition – Four Desirable Sports Cars to fit any budget. Which one is to die for?

It’s the weekend, and I thought I would do a poll this time. These are all low mileage Sports Cars, with varying degrees of desirability. There are two Ferrari Models, a Pantera, and a Fiberfab Jamaican Coupe. I know what you are thinking, that Jim has completely lost his mind again… only I haven’t. How many here can really afford a Ferrari F40? Or would you really want to drive a Ferrari featured in a Tom Selleck Television Show? So, let’s see what you really think about these four cars…

This is a 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi, and it is really one of the best looking Ferrari’s ever. According to the listing:

This collector’s Ferrari made in Maranello, Italy, is a 1982 308GTSi that has been sitting in the Garage since it was bought back in 2009. It is in average good condition, with some details in the paint, no scratches. The black leather seats are in very good overall condition with no cracking or splits to be found. All gauges are in good working order as well as the lights, blinkers, windows, horn and wipers. It shows only 9069 miles. Originals tires size and wheels. The engine V-8 (308 GTBi/Si, Mondial 8 Euro version) starts with ease and runs perfectly. The 5 speed manual transmission shifts as it should. It has Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection. Very good condition.

The auction has ended with a top bid of $18,899, without meeting the reserve. All this car needs is you sporting that perfect porn stache that Mr. Selleck wears so well (Ladies, ask me what you should wear if you’re the buyer of this car…). See the listing here: 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi

This is a 1974 DeTomasso Pantera GTS, and it really is my favorite of the four. According to the listing:

THIS IS A RARE DE TOMASO PANTERA GTS WITH ONLY 8219 MILES. THE XCAR BELONGS TO A FRIEND OF MINE WHO HAS A COLLECTION OF OLD CARS. HE BOUGHT IT FROM AN OLD FRIEND SEVERAL YEARS BACK WHO’S HEALTH WAS FAILING. HE NOW IS WILLING TO PART WITH IT. THE CAR HAS HAD SOME PROFESSIONAL PAINT WORK DONE TO IT. THE TOP OF THE CAR WAS SCRATCHED WHEN HE GOT IT. CAR LOOKS LIKE NEW.

This car has standard Ford Running Gear, so what could possibly go wrong? I think the dark red/black two-tone looks stunning, and this car has that bad-ass stance that all Panteras seem to have. With over two days to go, the top bid for this car is $47,599, with an unmet reserve. What do you think it will take to sell this car? See the listing here: 1974 DeTomasso Pantera GTS

This is a 1991 Ferrari F40… Yes, someone is selling an F40 on eBay. This car is priceless, rare, exotic, and way out of my price range. It has been said that this is the Exotic or all Exotic cars, and according to the listing:

1991 FERRARI F-40 5360 MILES PURCHASED CAR IN 03-06 WITH 2450 MILES HAD 30K SERVICE DONE ON 06-06 WITH 3257 MILES NOW HAS 5360 MILES. HAVE SOME PAPER WORK FROM PREVIOUS OWNER THAT CAME WITH CAR. CAR KEPT IN TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED ROOM ITS IN THE HOUSE (SEE PHOTO). DRIVER SIDE SEAT HAS WEAR AROUND SEAT BELT AREA (SEE PHOTO). DRIVER SIDE HEADLINER LOOSE.

This car isn’t cheap by any means, with a Buy-It-Now price of $645,000! You would think the seller would have a proper listing for a car of this caliber, but I guess I’m wrong. See the listing for yourself here: 1991 Ferrari F40

This is a 1980 Fiberfab Jamaican Coupe, and it really can’t compare to the previous three cars at all. It is a kit-car in the first place, and it is relatively affordable. It is still beautiful compared to your average Toyota or Honda appliance, and it will get reasonable fuel economy. But is it desirable? According to the listing:

HERE IS A VERY VERY UNIQUE CLASSIC COLLECTIBLE- CUSTOM MADE “JAMAICAN” COUPE MADE BY ‘FIBERFAB’
ADULT OWNED – I’M 65 YEARS YOUNG AND STILL ENJOY THE TOYS, BUT SOME HAVE TO GO (HAVE TOO MANY)
NOW IN FLORIDA ENJOYING THE CRUISIN’ ALONG THE BEACH’S HAS CUSTOM INTERIOR -’ROLL AND TUFF’ STYLE AND VERY COMFORTABLE, HAVE THE VW ENGINE WITH FRESH REBUILD ON THE CARB, HAS CUSTOM AIR SHOCKS FOR LARGER SIZE TIRES 13″- TO 18″, HAS GM BOLT PATTERN – 5 BOLT AND HAS NOW THE CUSTOM ‘EURO’ STYLE RALLY WHEELS

WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW ONE OF THESE IN THIS CONDITION?? BODY
IS IN FANTASTIC SHAPE WITH ONLY A FEW ‘TINY’ LITTLE CHIPS IN FRONT- I NEVER TOUCHED UP AND THESE ARE HARD TO SEE.
THIS HAS A NEAT TILT WHEEL – GREAT FOR THE DIFFERENT DRIVER HEIGHT AND SIZE GETTING IN AND OUT OF THE CAR—-I’M 5’11″ AND 195 AND FITS GREAT WITH ROOM TO SPARE. UNIQUE AND AN ‘ATTENTION GETTER ‘WHERE EVER IT GOES.

MILEAGE SHOWN IS REAL SINCE I’VE OWNED IT — AND SPOILER SHOW IS REMOVABLE, JUST ADDED TO SHOW WHAT THE JAMACIAN WOULD LOOK LIKE WITH ONE ADDED, GENERIC SPOILER,CAN GET ANYWHERE….. CHANGES THE LOOK I THINK QUITE A BIT…

I HAVE 12 CLASSIC TOYS AND DOWNSIZING MY ‘TOYBOX’– ASK QUESTIONS AND BID TO BUY.

The reserve on this car is under $8,000. The spoiler doesn’t go with the car (Thank God for that). It is an interesting car, and the current top bid is $2,550 with an unmet reserve. So, do you think this car is just as desirable as the others above, or am I completely Mad? See the listing, and you decide: 1980 FiberFab Jamaican 2-Seat Coupe

Which of these four exotic looking Sports Cars would you want to own?

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Currently there are "39 comments" on this Article:

  1. I love me the idea of a Pantera but I think the 308 would be the most enjoyable to drive.

  2. B72 says:

    The 308 is too Selleck
    The F40 is too 3rd world dictator
    the Pantera – Normally I like a nice Pantera, but what's with those flares?
    And the Jamaican – too Maverick

    <img src="http://www.autogush.com/images/ford-maverick-03.jpg&quot;,width=500>

  3. Van_Sarockin says:

    Looks like Red wins everything on this spin of the wheel.

    F40 is a genuine supercar, and the car most likely to have folks asking you about your cool Fiero. Also the car most likely to kill you, without you knowing what it was you did.

    308 is one of the better looking Ferraris – of the 1980s. Which isn't saying all that much. It might be nice if you could find the only specialist in NA who can do the full Sellecktomy. Also a lot cheaper to run than the F40.

    Pantera looks cool and goes fast enough so its bad aero make it want to fly. Far simpler and cheaper maintenance than the Ferraris, and you probably have just as many people asking you about your Ferrari. Presumably the chronic overheating problems have been dealt with by now. Likely my favorite, too, but a bit pricey.

    Jamaican is one of the finest looking original kit car designs ever done. Bulletproof drivetrain is likely to get you where your going with more reliability than the other three put together. Least likely to get you asked Ferrari questions. Downside is you need to do some serious engine work, but it will still sound like a Beetle and a Smartfor2 is a far better vehicle in every way. Some of these problems are solvable with an engine/drivetrain transplant.

    Correct answer is to buy both the Pantera and the Fiberfab.

  4. JayP2112 says:

    F40
    Not that it's a Ferrari.
    This car is insane and looks for any way to kill you.

    If it came with duct tape on all the badgery, I'd still want it.

  5. Devin says:

    Even if I'd buy an F40 if I had all the money, I don't think I could give over half a million dollars to a guy who is unwilling to turn off caps lock.

    • sporty88au says:

      ….. I don't think I could give over half a million dollars to a guy who probably doesn't know how to turn off caps lock.

      There, fixed it for you

  6. Sjalabais says:

    None of them. The Pantera and the Pornrari are beautiful to look at, but where to put my stuff? I'd say any vintage station wagon with performance in that range and a bit more understatement would be more desirable in my driveway.

  7. gearz1 says:

    The Pantera because I can open the engine bay and know what I am looking at,and how to fix it.

  8. Rust-MyEnemy says:

    The Fibrefab would likely update rather nicely and has a high quotient of "what on earth is that?" to it.

    It would also likely be the only one in the UK if I had it.

  9. $kaycog says:

    I've always had a thing for the Pantera. Also……..this:[youtube QRLggRd6y7w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRLggRd6y7w youtube]

  10. mnm4ever says:

    I have always wanted a Pantera, it is also the least dated looking of all of them. The F40 is of course an amazing car, but it looks as much like a kit car as the Fiberfab. And I love the Ferrari 308 but it really looks dated and maintaining it would suck, while a Camry V6 would blow it away.

    Pantera for me, no doubt.

  11. facelvega says:

    Fiberfab by a mile. I love a Pantera, Tjaarda did a great job, but after decades of being undervalued, they are finally now overvalued. The cheapo Ferrari isn't the good cheap Ferrari– that's the 400/365GT4 2+2/412, or maybe that Bertone one. The F40 isn't a car anymore, it's a museum piece. Great, but not for mortals who aren't investment banker dbags. The Fiberfab looks smashing, would cost a small fraction as much to maintain as the others, and is actually unusual and interesting. Win, win, win.

  12. buzzboy7 says:

    308 and F40
    My biggest fascination with the Ferraris are the externally gated shifters they have. I have always wanted to drive something with one, just to see what it's like. Owning either one would be silly though. I couldn't imagine having to keep the 308 running and the F40 would try and kill me.

    Pantera
    In my dreams(and my vote) the Pantera is the best choice. The looks are great and it has performance to back it up. Plus, under the decklid is a 351 Cleveland. Not much can go wrong with an SBF that can't be fixed in a few days and for a reasonable sum.

    Jamaica
    In reality, I want the Jamaica. I worked for a VW mechanic for a summer and around him(read: wasted his shop space) for a few years. The Beetle chassis is amazing. It is so easy to make one handle well. Plus you can rebuild any part of the car in a long weekend with parts that cost nothing. Also the body is great. It's stylish, yet fiberglass. My family is in the fiberglass business, so if anything happens to it, I've got it down. Lastly you may say, "But it's slow." The stock 60hp motor won't blow you away or anyting, but you have so many options. It's not hard to bump an ACVW up to 100 hp, which would be plenty for this little car. Or, being a sports car, you could build up a massive 2332 and push over 200hp. That would be plenty fast. If ACVW isn't your thing there's always the Subaru EJ series to keep the Flat4 feeling going, or drop a nice little 13B in there for some high revving fun.

  13. James says:

    "What could possibly go wrong" with a Pantera? Oh lord. Well besides the notorious cooling system problems, it was bad enough that fat Elvis shot hisl

  14. ConstantReader says:

    Fiberfab=fiberglass deathtrap

  15. smalleyxb122 says:

    The reserve on the 308 was probably at least twice the top bid, but even at that, it is the most awesome per dollar of the bunch. Sure, the F40 is more awesome, but not 20 times more awesome.

    The Pantera is probably more awesome than the 308, as well, but I think the 308 is prettier.

    The Jamaican is just outclassed by them all, and assuming a reserve of $35k on the 308 and $7k on the Jamaican, I have to say that the 308 is easily 5 times more awesome than the Fiberfab.

    308 gets my vote.

    edit: Plus I can grow a pretty bitchin' mustache.

  16. chrystlubitshi says:

    yes please.

    [youtube 7m7njvwB-Ks&list=AL94UKMTqg-9BHNMQd1RIA5KJWlp18qMyC&index=3&feature=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m7njvwB-Ks&list=AL94UKMTqg-9BHNMQd1RIA5KJWlp18qMyC&index=3&feature=plcp youtube]

  17. Rover1 says:

    Rarity is always mentioned in the context of the F40, but many older Ferraris are rarer, (206GT,246GTS )

  18. Mr. Queeg says:

    Pantera – Ford engines are cheap, lots of upgrades available for brakes etc., there's a wiring and rust repair guru in every city now and it just looks so far beyond cool.

  19. Garland says:

    First off, the Pantera. I love those things.

    Following that, the Jamaican. Give it a slimmer rear bumper, rework the exhaust, and give it a new interior. There's enough aftermarket VW parts to make it sufficiently sporty. Plus there's the "what the hell is that" response you'll get from everyone.

    I wouldn't want either Ferrari simply because of maintenance reasons. The F40 sure is good-looking, though.

  20. Guest says:

    Jamaican, notice how the rear window is Porsche 911, the sides are VW Karmen Ghia, and the front is Corvette Stingray?

  21. TDI_FTW says:

    The Pantera is the better choice for me since Ferrari seems so cliche. Also, the F40 seller notes that the car is kept in his house. When checking out the Ebay listing the picture shows it's covered in stuffed animals. Something seems creepy to me with that….. The 308 is nice but I'd have nightmares about something breaking.

  22. HTWHLS says:

    Maybe its me, but the 308 looks not dated…it looks old and dreary. The F40? Please. 645K and he can't fix the dropping headliner??

    The Pantera looks the be the dream car of the group and still fresh. Of course, up until my commuter Focus I've never owned a Ford so I'm not sure about what it takes to keep one..especially after hearing about the overheating and dropped engine issues.

    Now the Firberfab looks like the target acquisistion in this group: affordable, nice on the eyes, and cheap to own/maintain. Sure, it will sould like a Beetle, but tune it, add a Stinger and laugh all day long at 65 mph!

    I'd tint the windows, add bigger barrels and cam, with an exhaust and drive the wheels off it ….all for a fraction of the headache and cost of the other three.

    Of course, I also drive a Corvair..so what do I know?

  23. Chris Burton says:

    For cars that are at least a couple of decades old, those are still in ridiculously great shape. Then again, it wouldn't really make sense to spend so much money on any one of these and let it just slowly deteriorate.

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