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    Hi,
    Have been to view what could be a bit of a bargain! Heard that before? I have opportunity to buy a 1990 348 which looks like a 355. defo a 348 as its a 1990 but is really good 355 lookalike. Is this common as i know panels are interchangeable. Gov Mot site says its a 355. only shows 29k miles and have been sorted for a number of years. What is the value? Body is good and engine is fine but needs a service.Red/crema any advice or ideas what to look out for or is there a way of finding out more about the car from chassis number? thanks in advance.

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    Hi David. If you post up details of the car (reg, chassis number etc. ) people may know something about it prior to it's conversion.

    With regards to value the simple answer is each to their own but it'll be worth quite a bit less than a 348 which still looks like a 348 and a whole heap less than an actual 355. From that regard I doubt it's a bargain as such unless it's priced way below a 348 which hasn't been 'converted'. Essentially this form of conversion doesn't add value, it detracts from it.

    Also be aware that it won't be seen well at events where people know what it is such as Ferrari Owners' Club events etc. Just not the 'done thing' to try to make your Ferrari look like a more expensive model (unless you're talking the expensive stuff like 250 GT/Es made into 250 GTO 'recreations').

    If it's what you want then go for it though.

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    Can you clarify, you say itís a 348 but gov website says itís a 355? Typo in your post?

    But as Pete says; unless it is way way below a 348 price, and letís be honest, they arenít expensive, then itís not a bargain. Why, because the market is so limited for such things (unless your in Japan or USA, modified Ferraris are not what the market wants at all) and if you wanted to put it back to standard unlikely you would see your money back given the cost of parts. (Spend some time on ferrariparts, europarts and redbay to see costs).

    But depends what the price is. If it has a 2 in front it might be worth the hassle.

    If you want a 348 or 355, and they are very different cars, then wait till the midst of winter when traditionally prices are a bit keener.

    Good luck.

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    Thank you for replies, here is the chassis number if anyone can shed any light on the cars history-
    zffka36c000086852

    will upload pic once i figure out how to , thanks.

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    348 vin

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    Yes as above, it is an early 348. I would be wary, as a few were fitted with 355 panels after a shunt. Go in with eyes wide open.

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    [QUOTE=Allandwf;845618]Yes as above, it is an early 348. I would be wary, as a few were fitted with 355 panels after a shunt. Go in with eyes wide open.https://www.clubscuderia.co.uk/forum...attach/jpg.gif
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    Interesting. Somebody has spent a lot of money trying to make a 348 look like a 355; probably have been cheaper to just by a 355 in the first place!!!!

    Front and rear bumper
    Rear grill and lights
    Wing mirrors
    Engine bonnet
    Front bonnet air intake cover
    Door slats
    Rims

    Nothing that couldnít be reversed if you wanted by the looks of it; itís all just bolt on stuff.

    As to buying such a carÖas per comments above!

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    I think the bottom line is no matter how good the 'conversion' it detracts from the value of the original car. If it comes with the original 348 panels it might be more interesting but if it doesn't you've got to ask yourself why (possible accident damage as suggested above?), and if you ever want to sell factor in returning it to original spec.

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    If value is not remotely an issue for you then many of the points made above don't matter.

    In Ferrari circles this kind of thing used to be more severely looked down upon almost uniquely. Like no other marque its aficionados were seemingly obsessed with valuezzzzzzz - I maintain that this was largely because, like no other marque it was awash with spend-to-pretend types many of whom had made a massive financial leap to acquire one.

    It was so boring - go and see any other marque shows these days outside of the Ferrari concours scene and you see enthusiasts make all sorts of modifications and upgrades some are unique to the last of the owner and some are good some are bad downgrades but enthusiasm comes in many forms. Perhaps one off the greatest car collections in the world (Jay Leno's) is full of 'modified' cars. Taste is personal so somethings work others don't but...since I have been in the Ferrari scene (two decades now) attitudes have changed significantly. At the recent national meeting a few owners sought me out, one was via and involved the Ferrari representatives at the event, to talk about the revisions made to my V12 in order to understand its three different configurations under which it had done the Mille Miglia Tribute. Two others were interested in similar 'upgrade paths' for their cars.

    If you are buying the car above as a car that you want to enjoy - if it makes sense to you go ahead and do it.

    If you are buying it as a short term 'investment' then avoid because of the way the Ferrari investment enthusiasts view it currently will be dimly.

    If you intend to hold onto it for a long time that will likely not matter much.

    I suggest you try to understand the history and source of the parts if it all checks out go-for-it

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