A snowball from hell
|Written by Michael Sheehan|
|Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:35|
The morality tale of one Ferrari 360 Spider’s never-ending problems
Readers of this column know I’m not a fan of online sales or dealer auctions because it’s usually impossible to have a detailed, professional pre-purchase inspection of the car. As for prior ownership and service records, they are usually non-existent. While some clients have had good luck buying without inspections, others have not.
Our tale begins with a 2001 black-on-black 360 Spider purchased at a local dealer’s wholesale auction. The 360 was nicely equipped with power Daytona seats, Scuderia shields, chrome wheels, red calipers and had just over 20,000 miles. On arrival, the purchasing dealer realized the 360 had a noise in the bell housing and sent it to a local shop for an inspection. The bolts that hold the clutch cover to the flywheel had started to back out and were attempting to machine their way through the inside of the bell housing.