Mondial only 4 seat, mid-engine, convertible, in the world…

I love that aspect of this car – the two other cars that come close are

1) Porsche 911 (rear engined, not mid)

2) Lotus Evora (there has been talk about a convertible – but nothing so far)

So the Porsche is still the closest car out there that pretty much matches the Ferrari.  So why didn’t I go with the Porsche?  I saw about 4 911s on my 1 hour drive around town – how many Ferrari did I see?  Just mine.


Got rid of the clear bra today

So I’m quickly becoming friends with “Danny” are really friendly mechanic at Dino Motors.  He’s been doing the bulk of the work on my car.  He said he was able to get to red-line with no problem – so not sure if the problem is a bad tach or perhaps intermittant – he suggested that Johannes take a spin.  One of the things I requested was that they get rid of the “clear bra” that was on my car.  It was installed from what I gathered a long time ago – and it was well past it’s expiration date with crazy stains and marks on it.  He said they were able to take it off and the car looked great! 

I’m still waiting to hear in addition to the red-line issue the following

1) Hood Latch

2) Antenna Stuck

3) Seat Belts

4) Broken Driver side vent

5) Replace the shifter

I think the car will be in great shape after I address these few things…


Mondial Shop Update

Okay, so Dino Motors knows their stuff, but a warning to others – they are sloooowwwww.  I have to chalk it up to that fact that they have a ton of cars in there and I think many of them are of much higher “premium” – so when they are prioritizing: they probably have to address the million dollar Muira in there before mine.  I don’t take this personally – basic law of supply and demand.

So the engine was only firing on half the cylinders because of bad relays – during this investigation – they found a bad water hose (replaced.)  The headlights were permanently on. (fixed that) They also fixed the Seat Belts – the previous owners really committed  all the horror stories you hear about Ferrari’s – Some examples?  The steering wheel was backwards, various installs electronic nonsense.  The car had a pretty slip-shod state for all the interior bits which were misaligned and generally blocking things.  Dead pedal was installed wrong so it had the potential to block clutch – general crazy stuff like that

Some folks should just not own Ferraris – basically too many folks that go into it half-cocked and end up messing up a masterpiece up…sad really.

Abandoned Legends Automotive 17


What can I say?  I’m a masochist, and I’ve been enjoying ‘righting’ the wrongs of previous owners.  I mean a hobby is as good as the challenge it presents to you – and I’m for it short of catastrophic failure that results in a parts car.

So I took the car for a spin and it was a lot of fun – sounded and drove great – gets lot of attention.  Still need to work on the following however.

1) Hood Latch

2) Antenna doesn’t work

3) Cheese grater has missing “teeth” on driver’s side

4) Lap belts won’t retract

5) Exhaust leak somewhere….

More updates to come!

So one of the many things I’ve been learning about Ferrari ownership is the different paradigms about practically everything.  Case in point, the length of time one would expect for work to be done on the car.  Since these are exotics, everything takes 10 times as long and unfortunately, things of course cost 10 times as much as other cars.  Just one of the things about these hand built masterpieces to know.

Johannes at Dino Motors has been working on my car, and he has been really cool.  He’s one of the most sought after Ferrari/Italian independent shops in the San Francisco bay area so he’s always in demand.  His shop is full of different Ferraris of varying vintage and he and his trusted partner, Danny – are always swamped.

It’s been about a month since I’ve dropped off my car and he’s been fixing a bunch of few things…thankfully nothing has broken the bank (yet.)

So far the culprit of the engine stall was electrical – (Fixed)

While fixing that – the water pipe busted (Fixed)


They replaced the Transmission fluid as what was in there was pretty old.

They checked the belts and they are cool

The fuse box is in good shape.

Spark Plugs, Fuel/Air Filter are okay.

Some things that they are checking out now is:

Broken hood latch

Broken Antenna motor (won’t go up/down)

Seat belts are stuck

Missing screws in the interior

Smog Check

I’m hoping to get the car back soon

Not Firing On All Cylinders…literally…

So I got a call from Dino motors and they said that half the engine banks are not firing – that’s what’s causing the funky engine performance.  He hasn’t pinpointed the exact problem, although it sounds very similar to what some people have suggested previously…bad ignition system, bad fuel system….hopefully the pain won’t be too bad…

More info to come.Image

Dino Motors

The closest shop to me that I’ve always seen was Dino Motors.  I gave them a call a couple weeks ago and was greeted by the friendly owner, Johannes Huwyler.   I had scheduled to have the car dropped today, and I was looking forward to meeting him in person and checking out the shop.

Dino Motors was amazing.  While small and cramped – it felt I was in the halls of an automotive temple.  Everything was nicely laid out and right in front of me was a Lamborghini Miura!  I just finished watching Jerry’s Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars getting Coffee” with Chris Rock and this car last week – so it was cool to see it first-hand.

Joahannes was the consummate professional – very friendly, and he took all the time to explain to me amazing things about the car.  He gave me a full tour of the shop and it was awesome to get a first-hand commentary on different Ferrari.  Saw beautiful 330s, Daytonas, 308/328s, even a 400.  I’ll report back on what is ultimately wrong with the car, but so far based on my experience – I feel fortunate to have such a shop close by my home.

Dino Motors

Johannes Huwlyer
1321 S. Railroad Ave
San Mateo, CA 94402

Workshop View from inside
Workshop View from inside


Ferrari 400
Ferrari 400
Alpha Romeo
Alpha Romeo

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Window Sticker

Here is the original window sticker for the car – I thought the $3,000 Gas Guzzler Tax was interesting.

So this was $109,950 in 1991 Dollars – With tax (about 8.5% in California) We’re looking at $119,295 in 1991 Dollars – If this was adjusted for inflation – we’re looking at roughly $200,000 in 2013 dollars.   Crazy