There’s a subsection of the “oddly satisfying videos” community that revolves around deep cleaning. Power washers, extreme upholstery shampooers, foam cleansers, and more intensive cleaning supplies take everyday objects from disgusting to delightful. It is one of the most satisfying things to watch, and I follow a few different accounts that feature this type of cleaning. So, I was tickled to see a video of a sad, rusty Ferrari 328 GTS getting the spa treatment it deserved.
Car detailing videos of any kind can be soothing. This one is on a whole different level.
The original owner bought this Ferrari 328 GTS in the early ‘90s, but he hid this classic car away in a barn a few years ago because of peeling paint and a generally sad exterior. That is until Larry Kosilla from Ammo NYC got his hands on it. Kosilla’s mission was to restore the old Ferrari to driveable condition so the original owner could enjoy it himself again or sell it to someone who would.
The owner also had a 20-plus-year-old 12-cylinder Lamborghini Espada hidden away in one of his storage barns. Layers of history were peeled away in Ammo’s visit to this property.
Watch the video to see the before and after of this intensive ‘rrari rehabilitation.
Is classic car restoration worth it?
Many amateur DIY-ers don’t have the skills or the specific tools needed to do this type of extreme restoration on a classic, vintage, or antique car. So, a beautiful sports car like the Ferrari 328 GTS may sit, unloved and untouched, for years or even decades because the effort and cost seem like too much. Is it worth it to restore a destroyed classic car?
The cool thing about this video series from Ammo is that it’s all about the love of cars. By restoring classic cars to their former glory, this team of detailers gives them a second chance at life. Is it worth it to restore an old, rusted car? Or is it better just to junk it?
That depends on a lot of factors. If the vehicle has significant sentimental value—like this Ferraro seems to—or it has the potential for a high resale value, the cost of classic car restoration could be well worth it.
How much is a Ferrari 328 GTS worth?
The Ferrari 328 GTS hasn’t been sold new in over 30 years, so determining its worth can be tricky. Kosilla mentions that the 328 GTS, in particular, is highly coveted as a classic car because it’s easy to work on—at least a typical model is. Its ease of DIY maintenance makes it a good project for amateur mechanics and hobby enthusiasts.
Autotrader lists a handful of classic Ferrari 328 models for as little as $80,000 and as much as $250,000. We can assume that those prices reflect cars in decent or prime condition. When the team first pulled this Ferrari out of the barn, it probably wasn’t worth much. After a good bath and interior scrubbing, it very well could be worth six figures.
Restoration projects are a labor of love
This Ferrari 328 GTS was kept in a non-climate-controlled barn covered only by a tarp and surrounded by equipment. If you’re looking for ways to restore and maintain your classic car, that’s not it. While being covered is better than being completely exposed to the elements.
Check out the full report by Road & Track.