My friend, I have bought 3 amazing cars from you. I respect your integrity, honesty and loyalty to do the best in your power to provide your friends the best car, exceeding their expectations. Also was impressed the follow up that Doug did with the Daytona, and Janet's persistence to make sure all the shipments were done to my satisfaction.
I know I'm young (comparing to most of your clients), but if I ever want any car, not only a Ferrari, you are the FIRST one I will approach. An example of my trust is that please let the money stay with berlinetta, and we will adjust it to my next purchase.
I thank you (all) for the experince of knowing that there is one company that I can fully trust.
-Cheerag [Dubai, U.A.E.]
PS: my special regards to Janet. -- She's always been very nice to me.
“When asked, ‘ What most impressed me with the car ?’ my answer related to the fact that not only did I purchase the car, but also commissioned modifications solely by telephone.”
-Ron Busuttil, M.D., Ph.D.
"Doug, your reputation is beyond reproach. I have bought several Ferraris in my lifetime, and I know when I buy from you I am buying a car from a reputable person."
"The exhaust and engine work you did are spectacular! The car sounds completely wonderful - I can actually hear it swallowing air, and I have no doubt the bad headers were causing all kind of backpressure issues -- the increase in power is kind of breathtaking. Obviously the timing correction has a lot to do with that as well. I feel pretty sure the car runs better than it did when it was delivered new to Sonny Crockett back in 1997. And it sounds like a Ferrari again, not a landscaping truck!"
"The engine compartment is vastly improved as well, and the resurfaced console etc. looks most excellent."
"None of this was cheap, but it was all well worth it. A job really, really well done!"
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"This issue features a two part trivia question, focused around the 275 GTB.
The first question: When did Ferrari go from a short nose 275 GTB to a long nose 275 GTB and why?
The second question: How do you tell from a glance, an alloy-bodied 275 GTB from a steel bodied 275 GTB?"
Our Fun Fact winners include:
Ed got it exactly right: "Part 1) The change from short nose to long nose took place in the latter part of 1965 because the contours and related aerodynamics of the short nose design created front end "lift" at very high speeds. The nose was redesigned with the objective of reducing or even reversing this tendency by aerodynamically increasing "downforce" with increasing speeds."
"Part 2) The quickest and easiest way of identifying an alloy bodied 275 GTB is by noting the open, unfilled seams on each of the 4 corners of the roof (which are not found on steel bodied versions)."
David: "Ferrari went from the short nose to the long nose to reduce lift in the car."
Doug added this to David's answer:
"Hi David: In late 1965, the long nose was introduced as a 1966 model in most countries, especially in the U.S. WHY? Because the short nose tended to cause front end lift at high speed, due to air pushing up under the nose. The long nose was developed to counter that problem."
John: "The long nose 275 GTB was introduced in October 1965 at the Paris autos. Series I (Short nose) alloy cars could be easily differentiated by the three shark gill louvers behind the rear wheels. Series II (Long nose) alloy cars would be identified by the plexiglass side and rear windows and "decorative" bumpers that were attached to the lightweight body rather than the chassis. Additionally, a quick peek under the hood would reveal only three three carbs instead of the 6 on the steel cars. The reason for this was that the alloy car was mistakenly homologated for competition with 3 carbs.
Doug added this to John's answer:
"Hi John: Only the 12 competition 275s -- i.e. 275 GTB/C -- had decorative bumpers attached only to the body rather than the chassis and the plexiglass windows. You are correct that the 275 GTB/C was homoglated with three cars. However, that does not mean that all of the other alloy cars -- or steel bodied cars on the 1966 long nose -- had 6 carbs, unless by special order. All 1967 275 GTB/4 [cam] cars (which of course were only long nose) had 6 carbs."
Thank you for participating guys.
This issue features a two-part trivia question, focused around distributors.
The first question: What was the purpose of Ferrari using two sets of points in each distributor for cars up through and including carbureted 308s?
...and how was it different in the US emissions cars (up through and including carbureted 308s) that also used two sets of points in each distributor?
The first person to answer both questions correctly will receive a Berlinetta Motorcars baseball cap (black or navy blue) and a special super secret Berlinetta Motorcars Christmas present.
The 2008 Formula One season has officially come to an end. When the season started, even before the first race at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, race fans worldwide flooded Internet forums with speculation. In only his second season, Vodafone Mercedes McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was the center of much attention. In the 2007 season, Hamilton finished second, yielding to the veteran Kimi Raikkonen (born exactly five months after me - that could be me out there!), who won his first championship after switching to Ferrari.
If you kept up with the season - watched each race as the teams traveled from country to country, from continent to continent - then you watched as three men battled it out to claim Formula One victory this year. Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa fought tooth and nail, race after race, snatching up as many points as they could. From Istanbul Park Circuit's quadruple apex - with a load of 5 Gs, to the rain in Monaco, and the mishaps under the lights in Singapore, the 2008 season was not over before it started a la the days of the iconic Schumacher.
The 2008 season was one of little technical controversy, but replete with competition. There was only one disqualification all year, Honda's Barrichello in Australia. BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld scored 60 points this season. And even though he didn't win a single race, he ranked higher than both McLaren-Mercedes's Heikki Kovalainen (53) and Toro Rosso-Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (35). But the points of Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa are what decided the season.
Even though Massa won the last race - at his home country's circuit, Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace - Hamilton had enough points to clinch the World Championship title. But not without the inadvertent slicks-in-the-rain fiasco of Timo Glock, whose sudden loss of control in the last corner of the last lap enabled Hamilton to move up one place, securing enough points to beat out Massa for the World Championship title by a single point.
The season, from start to finish, was exciting and raced with pride and integrity. Raikkonen, last year's winner, took third place this year. Massa, from whom no one expected much, proved to be a formidable foe on the track. And Hamilton, the record-setting rookie, was at the top of this year's heap. But even though the headlining Briton proved fierce competition all year, Ferrari still clinched the Constructor's title with 172 points - 21 points more than McLaren-Mercedes. So while Ferrari has the Constructor's title, neither of their drivers could wrestle the World Championship title from the skilled Hamilton. Which only means that we could very well see Ferrari try to bring Hamilton over to the Scuderia. But with the current economic instability - and Honda's withdrawal from the sport - there's no way to predict what the 2009 F1 season will bring.
Images courtesy F1.com
During the summer of 1979, I purchased an early series 330 GT 2+2 Ferrari - better known as the quad head lamp model. After the usual inspection and a brief test drive, I paid the seller $8,100, got into my 15-year-old Ferrari and drove home. It was a pleasant first drive as we motored along the twisting hilly roads of Long Island's lovely north shore. The car is really wonderful to drive. Ferraris are that way.
I had planned to strip and repaint it because I felt that the old paint (bright red) did not look good on such a large car and because it had some bubbling here and there, but not much. And so, the car was stripped to bare metal, primed with urethane primers, and subsequently repainted with RM black acrylic lacquer. Because my restoration business keeps me very busy, the car sat for four years before it was compounded. As a result, there was virtually no more shrinking taking place.
I also decided to remove the valve covers to re-wrinkle paint them, and to adjust the valves. Thinking this through, I realized that freshly-painted valve covers would make the rest of the engine and engine compartment look terrible. So, I removed the engine to make the job easier and the quality better. Since the engine smoked a little, I pulled off the heads and installed new valve guides. Then I wanted to do the whole engine... Following that task, I decided to reupholster the interior and re-chrome every piece of chrome trim. All rubber trim items were also replaced. This is what usually happens once you open a can of worms.
While the car sat on jack stands, the entire front and rear suspensions were completely disassembled, rebuilt and refinished. All nuts, bolts and washers replated with the proper factory-like finish, were used with the new suspension. The brake calipers were also rebuilt and refinished and were reinstalled with new hoses and pipes. The engine was completely rebuilt with new pistons, new liners, new valves, new guides and bearings. The entire unit was balanced and completely detailed along with the engine compartment and suspension.
The end result to this lengthy, labor-intensive restoration was a beautiful Ferrari that we - Berlinetta Motorcars, Ltd. - took to Georgia for the 1989 Ferrari Club of America Annual Meet. At the Concours d'Elegance, which was held nearby on Lake Lanier Island, the car was awarded a "Best in Class" first place trophy. What a great feeling!
It was subsequently on the cover of Cavallino magazine #57, June/July 1990, and the featured article.
Oddly enough, we now have another 330 GT 2+2 that has undergone the same ground-up nut and bolt restoration, and is available for purchase:
Call or e-mail us with any questions about this black beauty.
First, we have a 1973 Dino 246 GTS with the rare factory "Chairs and Flares" package, Campagnolo wheels, sun visors. One of only 95 original 1973 Chairs and Flares cars. A Dino in great condition with only 25,000 miles from new. Mechanically excellent, handles and drives great. This low mileage, all original Dino would be an excellent candidate for a restoration to Platinum level; to be a truly spectacular "Chairs and Flares" Dino. Additional photos and information can be found here.
Next we have another 1973 246 GTS, only this one is Blu Scuro. The car has a complete, NEW leather interior with tan Daytona seats and black inserts. The dash is NEWly recovered in proper mouse fur. Full suspension and brake rebuild and detailing. Undercarriage detailing, all NEW bushings, everything painted or plated to proper standards. Very strong engine, beautifully detailed engine compartment, major service & carb rebuild. Full books & tools, including original warranty and delivery book. Roof storage boot, sun visors with suction cups. Concours ready, this is the closest you are going to find to owning a new Dino Spyder. Please ask about our "Berlinetta Warranty" for this car. We put it in writing. For additional pictures of this car, click here.
Continuing with the Dinos, we have a 1969 246 GT. Beautiful new black paint just completed, new black Daytona seats with red inserts and red carpets. New, rebuilt and detailed suspension; Cromodora knock-off wheels, recent engine out major service, overhauled fuel and cooling systems. Please ask about our "Berlinetta Warranty" for this car. We put it in writing. For additional pictures of this car, click here.
Call today with any questions, or to make an appointment. Click here for more information on this Berlinetta Car.
Lastly, we have this stunning 365 GTB/4-A. Liveried in Fly Yellow, this late model, high performance European production Daytona has an interior outfitted with black leather. A total restoration was done by Berlinetta Motorcars, and it's a Cavallino winner! This car features such pain staking care as a rebuilt and detailed undercarriage and suspension, engine-out under hood detailing, all new chrome and body gaskets and new front and rear glass. She's got incredible paint and just 49,000 original kilometers. Click here to see more pictures of this car.
Please contact a customer indulgence liaison with any questions regarding our inventory.
A "Berlinetta car" is one that has been prepared for sale to the standards established by our shop; it is a reliable mark of quality. Purchasing a car from Berlinetta, you will experience an unparalleled level of quality and service. Berlinetta's reputation is built on integrity. Purchase with confidence. Whether you drive your car away, or unload it from a transporter, you can expect that your Berlinetta car will be as represented and ready for the road.
Berlinetta's highly regarded reputation and approach toward customer service is a consummate one. When Berlinetta offers a Ferrari for sale, you're not simply buying a car; you're acquiring the first class example that you've worked so hard to earn. A select car that is offered for sale is thoroughly serviced and pampered so that you can execute a worry free acquisition.
Berlinetta's reputation is acknowledged and respected by the Ferrari community. Clients benefit from our ability to source the best examples of the most desirable Ferraris both here and abroad. Although many cars are advertised, some of the finest cars in private collections are marketed discreetly by private arrangement, so you need to inquire specifically about cars you might desire. Although advertising generates the most traffic, some sellers have various reasons to offer a car by private treaty, and you may overlook an ideal car if you don't ask widely, or trust us to do it on your behalf.
Additionally, when it's time to sell a car from your own collection, Berlinetta can assure that you get the proper exposure and price in the current market through a widely advertised program or selective confidential presentation to qualified collectors. If you'd like to receive e-mail updates on cars for sale through Berlinetta Motorcars, please click here.
You will find us to be generous in sharing our knowledge of Ferrari automobiles and the current market. We are enthusiasts ourselves and are always available to talk cars. So when you have thoughts of buying or selling, we offer an honest consultation about specific models and their suitability for your collection. Let us help you navigate the sensitive intricacies involved in finally getting the car you want. Building relationships is our goal, and we hope you will want to build one with us.
We are actively seeking the following Ferraris:
If you have one and are interested in selling it, please contact us at your convenience.
Please call for consultation on selling a single car or a collection. Your car will receive wide exposure to highly qualified buyers worldwide; or a selective, confidential presentation to qualified buyers and collectors.
Did you know that Ferrari has used serial number 99999 at least five times? I didn't ...until now.
Within the realm of all things Ferrari, there are myriad groups of collectors. The lucky few collect Ferraris. On a broader scale, there are people who collect Ferrari memorabilia: scale models, magazines, books, key chains, posters - even those big yellow ashtrays from FAF. But the smallest group - and perhaps the least known and most misunderstood - is the Ferrari serial number spotters group.
Scattered around the globe are obsessive, single-minded, camera- and pen-and-pad-wielding Ferrari spotters who will do just about anything to record the existence of a Ferrari. There are different levels of intensity to which spotters commit. Some simply match a serial number to a model; others record every fathomable detail: serial number, engine number, assembly number, gearbox number, numero interno, exterior and interior colors, options, city of origin, ownership history, service history, date of production and more.
Spotters have been around since the first Ferrari was built. The first to publish a book full of serial numbers was Hilary A. Raab. The Red Book and The Green Book, more formally known as Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I: Odd Numbered Sequence to 21399 and Ferrari Serial Numbers Part II: Even Numbered Sequence to Serial Number 1050 respectively, are both iconic books in the spotter world. Raab took an arcane hobby and engraved its relevance and importance into the minds of Ferraristi worldwide.
Now, years later, Matthias Urban has continued what Hilary started. Matthias, a long-time spotter and Ferrari owner, has toiled tirelessly to release this years-long effort which is still, and will always be, ongoing. His book, Handbuch Der Ferrari Seriennummern, Ferrari Serial Numbers Manual, the Raab files - revisited 1947-2007, is a collection of both Matthias's hard work as well as the contributions from notable Ferrari historians such as Wayne Ausbrooks, Alan Boe, Marcel Massini, Gerald Roush, Olivier Bidaud, Kerry Chesbro (330 GT 2+2 register), Lee Sanders (Boxer information), Ivo Pucci and many more.
To behold it, and to try to soak it all in at once, is intimidating and impossible. The sheer amount of information contained in almost a thousand pages is to be referenced often and in small doses. If you tried to comprehend the book's entirety, your head would explode. However, it is a wonderful manual and can be quite informative to beginning spotters and casually interested parties as well as hardcore, seasoned spotters. The book is remiss of private information, such as past and present owners (excluding celebrities), but it is filled with 17-digit VINs, engine numbers, assembly numbers, interior/exterior colors, transmission types, options and other stuff.
The book's introduction is by none other than Hilary Raab, and it is a proverbial passing of the torch to Matthias Urban and the newer generations of Ferraris. The beginning of the book offers information you might not find anywhere else, like model-specific VIN placements and window codes, where to spot, assembly number locations, and much more. If for nothing else, it's fun to flip through the book picking out random numbers. For example, if I want to know which model has serial number 123456, I can just go to that number ...and it's a 550 Maranello! Of course, other cars have more information. Like serial number 100000, whose full VIN is ZFFPA41D000100000, a 1995 model Australian market RHD F355 Berlinetta, red with tan interior, engine type F129G No. 38098
Of course, the book is not without that Ferrari mystique we have all come to know and love. Like the infamous serial number 99999, which has been seen on at least five different cars - a 456 and four different F50s. So the information in this book, one way or another, will prove very interesting to whoever picks it up. If you're interested in purchasing a copy of Matthias's book, you can visit his site, www.vinbook.com. Alternatively, if you would simply like to contribute to his work, you can submit your car's information through that same Website.
There have been plenty of rumors that Ferrari was going to release a limited edition spider version of the 430 Scuderia. Well on Sunday, 9 November 2008, without warning or announcement or a months-long wait, anxiously predicated by a Website with teasing videos, pictures and details, Ferrari revealed the Scuderia Spider 16M.
The name is fitting, immediately following Ferrari's 16th Formula One Constructor's World Championship title. The car was unveiled at the World Finals in Mugello, and has a plaque on the interior that says: 16M Scuderia Spider Limited 499. Ferrari says the 16M is faster around Fiorano than any other open-top road car they've ever built.
Ferrari says the car is available in two signature color schemes, black with gray trim, and a tricolor version a la the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalization Program. But pictures show the car in matte gray, yellow and Rosso Corsa. The car features a new wheel style, and the rear grille is adorned with a badge commemorating Ferrari's 16th Constructor's World Championship, clinched in Brazil at the end of the Formula One season.
The Scuderia Spider 16M weighs 80kg (176 lbs.) less than the F430 Spider. And if the 90-degree 510 horsepower-producing V8 isn't enough music for you, the interior has a customized, removable 16-gig iPod Touch with an in-dash central dock. For those interested in numbers, the 16M goes 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 315 KM (195mph). No word on when the Scuderia Spider 16M will start hitting US shores, but if I ever get my hands on one, I'll certainly give you my in-depth driving impressions ...if I decide to come back.
In other news, rumors abound as to Ferrari's true intentions in giving employees a 20-day holiday season vacation. Some speculate that this is accordance with the current economy, and Ferrari's review of 300 employee and advisor contracts. But Ferrari says that it's just a coincidence. Ferrari has conceded that production will decrease as much as 10 percent, but that sales have always been a bit slower at the end of each calendar year. Ferrari also says that sales of the F430 have slowed a bit due to the introduction of the California.
That's it for this month. If you know something we don't, we'd love to be in the loop.
Images courtesy Ferrari.com
If you're looking for a specific car - Porsche 917, 250 GTO, Enzo - then your best bet is to contact Berlinetta Motorcars so they can source exactly what you want. If you already have a car and want it repaired, restored or sold, then calling Berlinetta Motorcars is the best thing you can do. If you want to take a 308 GTB or a Ford Escort, strip it down and trick it out to be a track-only race car, who're you gonna call? Not Ghostbusters; Berlinetta Motorcars.
But if you want a brand new Ferrari - one ordered from the factory, with all of the details customized to your every whim and fancy - then you need to go to an authorized Ferrari dealership. And of the 35 authorized dealerships in North America, there's really only one place to go: Ferrari of Central New Jersey.
If you're anywhere between North Dakota and Alabama, then your choices are pretty slim. But if you're in California, Texas, or just about anywhere along the eastern seaboard, then you've got choices. If you live in the northeast, then you've got the pick of the litter.
So how do you choose a dealer? You can’t order a Ferrari that’s cheaper at one dealer than another; it’s new, it’s going to cost exactly the same wherever you go. So you’re left with only thing to help make this determination: customer service. Now more than ever, with today’s economy, it behooves any dealer – Ferrari or not, authorized or otherwise – to take a genuine interest in more than just the customer’s wallet. And Ferrari of Central New Jersey’s Sales Manager Chris Miele has known that all along.
Before Roger Penske hired Miele to run the show at FoCNJ, Chris was the top Mercedes-Benz salesman in the country. Three years in a row. Chris’s approach to customers and customer service is what sets him apart from everyone else. A recent discussion on popular Internet Ferrari forum FerrariChat.com unleashed a flood of praise for Chris Miele and the rest of the FoCNJ crew.
Alex Leventhal, multiple Ferrari owner (Testarossa, Dino, 400i and a 365 Berlinetta Boxer), had this to say about them: “Yesterday I drove my 400i daily driver (#049773) out to Ferrari of Central New Jersey from Manhattan to visit with Chris Miele and his staff and to learn more about the new California (which seems like it will make a great daily driver itself). Chris and all of the staff at FoCNJ were so friendly and accommodating…”
Richard P. of Virginia offered his opinion: “FoCNJ’s numerous advertisements on various publications state, "World Class Cars... World Class Location..." But more importantly, why I keep coming back to them is the World Class People.
Your mileage may vary but I do not know why. For me there is no other Ferrari sales and service provider than FOCNJ. I drive over 5 hours (at times with trailer in tow) to service, buy, or trade my Fcars and/or gather with fellow Tifosi at one of their top shelf catered events.
Chris Miele and his crew are always there to provide the full life cycle F-car camaraderie and support. As many others have experienced, the FOCNJ culture and support that he has established is the real deal. To pull from another auto-maker's slogan--- There is no substitute. World class cars---check, World Class Location---check... But the former two aren’t worth a thing without the World Class People like Miele and his crew.”
The praise just goes on and on. Ferrari of Central New Jersey’s sales and service staff are the best you can get for your new Ferrari. Combine that with the events they’re constantly holding (F1 viewings, runs, etc.) and it’s really the place to be. Customer service proves once again that it’s what people want above all else. So if you need a hard-to-find car, or you want to sell or restore the car you already have, then look no further than Berlinetta Motorcars. But for all your new Ferrari needs, there’s only one authorized dealer you should consider: Ferrari of Central New Jersey.
You've read about it; you've seen pictures; maybe you've even been there; John and Alicia Barnes' Cavallino Classic. For almost two decades, The Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida, has been host to one of America's premier Ferrari events. From the earliest iterations of Ferrari racing and road cars, to the latest and greatest track and street manifestations to emerge from Maranello, the lawns of the Breakers are littered with the rarest, most beautiful cars the world has ever known. So what does it take to get your car on that grass?
Berlinetta Motorcars has been restoring, maintaining and prepping cars for concours for three decades. Every year, Berlinetta Motorcars is commissioned to look after various Ferraris and tend to the imperfect minutiae that would otherwise be cause for point deduction. The slightest things of which you may or may not be aware are common knowledge here at BMC. A period correct car is essential to bringing home silver, gold, and especially platinum. From hose clamps to valve stems, books and tools to knock-offs, we know exactly how your car left the factory- even if you're unsure. We presented four customer cars at this year's Cavallino Classic. We came home with two major cups- oh, and four Gold Class awards, too.
Berlinetta has already filled spots for the Cavallino Classic XVIII, taking place 20 through 25 January, 2009. We have some spots open and would love to alleviate any concerns you may have about entering this extraordinary event. Call or e-mail us to schedule an appointment, or just lay all of your questions on us right then and there. We'd love the opportunity to show you why we leave Cavallino with awards every year. We're happy, our clients are happy; shouldn't you be happy too? Click here to learn more about our restorations and awards: