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>The Ferrari Mondial is one of the most affordable Ferrari cars out there today. If you are planning on buying one, you are at the right place as we will take you through some of their common problems seen along with their current valuations.

Owning a Ferrari at least once is high on the list for all true Ferrari enthusiasts. The prime Italian sports cars have been in the focus of automotive enthusiasts for over 70 years, constantly introducing world-class performance cars that pushed the limits further.

Of course, such accomplished vehicles were never cheap with the prices of classic models like the Ferrari Testarossa rising.

However, what if we say to you that there is a way that you can experience classic Ferrari ownership for the price of a well-appointed mid-size family SUV?

The Ferrari Mondial is an affordable Ferrari with many great attributes. Featuring the styling by Pininfarina and bodywork by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, the Mondial is very comfortable, sounds great, and has loads of room in the back for the kids.

Simon Clay ©2014 Courtesy of RM Auctions

Despite these attractive features of this classic car, the Mondial has received criticism due to its disappointing performance. Regardless of this, having a car displaying the Ferrari badge is something achievable. Today we will provide some great tips you should be aware of when buying a Ferrari Mondial. 

Background of Ferrari Mondial

The Ferrari Mondial was the last 2+2 V8 prancing horse produced by Maranello before the California arrived in 2008. It was unveiled at the 1980 Geneva Auto Salon and offered for sale later that year.

The new Italian sports car had modern styling, pop-up headlights, a low profile, and 2+2 seating configuration, making it a practical and daily usable model.

The Mondial was built on a modified Ferrari 308 platform with a mid-engine chassis and featured the same engine and components, although with more interior room and practicality. 

Simon Clay ©2014 Courtesy of RM Auctions

The production of the Mondial commenced in 1980 and was discontinued in 1993, with several updates being implemented throughout its life cycle, being the Mondial 8, Quattrovalvole, 3.2, and T.

Mondial 8

The first variant was known as the Mondial 8 and was produced between 1980 to 1982, with a total of 703 vehicles constructed. Although this early Mondial was exclusively built as a coupe, the three succeeding iterations included Cabriolets.

1982 Ferrari Mondial 8
Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

With the 308 GT4 having limited room for passengers in the rear seats, its replacement, the Mondial 8, was 100mm longer, wider (35mm at front and 85mm at rear), and 40mm taller to provide a more spacious cockpit for the back seats.

Behind the passenger compartment, the well-known Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 3.0-liter V8 engine was transversally mounted and featured a modern K-Jetronic fuel injection system. Despite generating 214 horsepower at 6600rpm and 181 pound-feet of torque at 4600rpm, the Mondial 8 was considered slow and underpowered. It took 8.3 seconds to sprint to 60 mph and had a top speed of 143mph.

When the Mondial 8 was produced, only a five-speed manual was fitted, which remained standard until 1989 when the Mondial T also offered an automated manual.

Mondial Quattrovalvole

Due to criticism regarding sluggish speed, in 1982, the Mondial Quattrovalvole coupe was introduced, featuring a 4-valve per cylinder technology. The engine produced an increased output of 240 horsepower, which slightly improved the performance, sprinting to 60mph in 6.4 seconds.

1983 Ferrari Mondial QV 0 1 1
Guido Bissattini ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Its appearance resembled the Mondial 8, though it featured red engine heads and a striking”Quattrovalvole” script at the rear.

The Mondial QV was available in both coupe and cabriolet (released in 1983), which attracted more buyers. Almost immediately, Mondial became one of the best-selling Ferrari models both in Europe and United States. In total 1,145 coupes (1982 – 1985) and 629 cabriolets (1983- 1985) were

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Ferrari Mondial Buyers Guide: Essential Knowledge Before Buying
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/ferrari-mondial/
Published Date: Thu, 27 May 2021 00:34:19 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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