Rusty Monday: Ferraris Beyond Fixing

It’s pretty amazing when someone comes upon a derelict Ferrari. Straight out of the factory everyone knows a Ferrari is a special beast. They’re normally garaged, pampered, and rarely driven. But Ferraris beyond fixing are out there. Whether from neglect, Mother Nature, or fire, these Ferraris are too far gone to fix. So read and weep for these special Rusty Monday choices.

Rusty Early 1970s Ferrari Dino

Ferrari 246 Dino | Facebook

Considered almost a non-Ferrari when new this 246 Dino looks to still be used, but what a mess. From the missing rockers to the half-gone front clip this Ferrari has been attacked by the tin worm. Surprisingly, there is an entire front clip for sale on eBay that would go a long way toward restoring. It is anything but cheap, however. 

The metal fenders and aluminum frunk will cost you $22,500. Of course, if you’re in the league to be able to rebuild this Dino then you can afford $22,500. It looks like a decent Dino will run around $400,000, give or take $100,000. 

As this looks like it will require lots of man-hours you have to wonder if you could come out of the other end with a deal. Our guess is this would easily take 200 hours to get back in shape. If the shop you choose gets $100 per hour you’re going to easily drop $200,000 just in labor. Any way you look at it, restoration is an expensive hobby.

Rusty 1987 Ferrari Mondial

Ferrari Mondial | De Ooyevaar Autodemontage/Facebook

This past July this 1987 Mondial was found in a canal in Amsterdam. It had been stolen in 1994. After being returned to its owner it was sent to a scrapyard. The scrapper says that there has been so much interest it wants to see it displayed in a museum. But after interest dwindles it will dismantle the Mondial and try to sell parts to collectors.

Ferrari Mondial | De Ooyevaar Autodemontage/Facebook

We would guess that there are those enthusiasts looking for Ferrari wall hangers. So, what parts can’t be reused- and that looks to be the case for the majority of the car, will likely get displayed in someone’s man cave. Not every Ferrari is meant to be saved.

Ferrari 246 Dino

Ferrari 246 Dino | Facebook

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Would you tackle this restoration if the car were given to you? Some projects aren’t even worth the cost of returning to their former factory glory. We think that applies to this poor Dino. Even dumping an LS motor in it would still run a lot of money. We’re sure you could find specialty dealers who could supply that missing door and other random pieces. 

We wouldn’t, however, suggest trying to restore this. And we can’t see the majority of it. Even if the floors are good and that passenger door that looks like it is sagging is in good shape this will be expensive to bring back. What would you do with it if it was discovered on a piece of property you just purchased?