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    Back to the topic, any car thats done 126,000m is going to have an awful lot of parts that have reached or are close to the end of their lives, and we all know parts on Ferraris and labour aren't the same as a Ford..

    By the time you'd spent that money, you'd have a nicely working motor thats however still only worth bargain basement prices, and could have bought one with say 70-80k for the same total spend that will be worth a lot more when youve done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoreThanPolish View Post
    Back to the topic, any car thats done 126,000m is going to have an awful lot of parts that have reached or are close to the end of their lives, and we all know parts on Ferraris and labour aren't the same as a Ford..

    By the time you'd spent that money, you'd have a nicely working motor thats however still only worth bargain basement prices, and could have bought one with say 70-80k for the same total spend that will be worth a lot more when youve done.
    Montezemolo introduced testing regimes that were beyond 300,000km and then upped the game with the 612 / 599 platform by doing the Panamérica rally project. He knew that much of Ferrari’s reliability stories came from lack of use than fundamental engineering or level systems of tune of the Engines etc.

    It is likely that at that mileage many of the ancillaries such as start motor, alternator, brake servo and the like have already been done. I am sure that many parts have plenty of life left in them BUT show it has been used and maintained will be much more important.

    I was very closely involved with a project that used 456GT’s as its basis. They were being bought up in numbers and mileage was actually the least reliable way indicator of condition. 456GT’s because of their steel chassis ‘Feran’ intermediary sheet and aluminium panels have their own problem areas that good storage could mean are never an issue whilst other chassis were Swiss cheesed.

    Thorough examination by tipo specialist recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mon the fish View Post
    Without defending an abhorrent practice, AFAIK the theory in adjusting mileage being legal is that you could buy a second-hand instrument cluster to replace your broken one which showed more miles than your car had done; hence adjusting it down.

    But it's clear that that is a very rare occurrence compared to actual clocking
    Correct. It's fairly commonplace to have an instrument cluster fail and need to be replaced. I had assumed clocking was 95% a thing of the past, but from this and other things I've heard recently, apparently not!

    Although I'd have thought service history was as vital as mileage in a used Ferrari, so to fudge the two to match would be difficult, as long as buyers are diligent enough to get the history verified, which again you'd hope would be the case with such a vehicle.

    On a somewhat related note, the best driving Ferrari I have ever experience was a 360 manual with over 200k on the clock!

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