- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (August 22, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1870979788
- ISBN-13: 978-1870979788
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Original Ferrari V8: The Restorer's Guide for all models, 1974-1994: 308 GT4, 308/328 GTB/GTS series, Mondial, 348 series, 288 GTO and F40 Hardcover – August 22, 1997
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The newest 328 is already more than 15 years old, and Bluemel's book will give you a benchmark for how a well-kept, original car ought to look. This is more important than you might think, as the Ferrari owners 'circle' really does care about originality and honest preservation -- if you're a buyer, you'll undoubtedly be more educated after reading Bluemel. Production for the 328GTS, easily the most successful regular production car in this period, was only 6000+ cars over 5 years - paltry compared even to niche companies like Porsche. The Ferrari world is a small world, and an expensive one in which to make mistakes, so consider this your essential desktop reference.
While there is some commentary interspersed regarding aesthetics, there is close to zero information on driving and maintenance, and it is certainly not a buyer's guide listing the weak spots of the various models. Also, even car fanatics are unlikely to read this straight through, as it discusses all aspects of the cars section by section. So unless you plan to go to be reading about the tires and wheels on the 348, for example, it is largely a reference. But at that it is quite a good one, and it gets pulled from my shelf frequently.
TOO BAD Keith Bluemel is the Ferrari's top guy for details. He is a regular contributor to Cavallino [Ferrari's Offical Magazine] etc. and his price guides are usually near correct every issue. If anyone should be able to inspire a good book on Ferrari, it would be Keith, but he must have dozed during this one [almost made me feel he was just issuing a book for some quick money....].