Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. I've finally found a Ferrari on the island; sure, it's not even 20 years old and the Mondial isn't the most beloved of Ferraris, but it's the real thing. I was going to save this car for a special occasion, but it seems appropriate that we continue to honor Pininfarina in the wake of Andrea Pinafarina's death.
To be honest, I can't swear this is an '89. The Mondial T convertible was made until 1993, and the lack of license plates means I can't check the state smog check site. But we know it's no Fierrari, because the Mondial wasn't loved enough to inspire Fiero body kits. You Ferrari experts can show your stuff now by pointing out the details that nail down an exact year on this lil' red devil.
Depending on the model year, the V8 in this car delivers between 296 and 312 horsepower- pretty decent for a 3,462-pound car. I've been seeing this car in the neighborhood for a couple of months now, and it still doesn't have license plates. That makes me suspect it was brought over from Europe and its owner is still navigating the DMV's bureaucratic maze.
We've seen a fair number of Pininfarina designs down on the Alameda street, so let's have a poll to see which one is the readers' choice. I may have overlooked a car or two (check here and let me know if there's a Pininfarina car I've missed), and the Graduates and MGs might split some of the votes, but I think there's enough choice to make it interesting.