Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Ferrari is beige. Gloriously, incomprehensibly beige. That will no doubt make it special to someone, but will there be any whitewashing of its price?

What is it about Canada that makes its so magical? Up there they give away doctor visits like it’s some kind of right. They also never stopped letting their people smoke Cuban cigars, hence often necessitating those doctor visits. And lastly, they gave us the delightful Micheal J Fox, who owned it in the beloved movies Back to the Future Parts I, II, and III. They say Disneyland is the magic kingdom. I say nay nay, it’s really Canada.


You can add to that list of great things about Canada the stewardship of Honda CRXs as yesterday’s Vancouver-located 1984 CRX HF looked about as tidy and ready for a trip down to Timmy Ho’s as you could want. That, and its low Canadian price earned it a spectacular 85% Nice Price win.

Now, after Chris Rock’s cutting remarks about the lack of diversity and opportunity for people of color in Hollywood Sunday night, I feel sort of bad about both yesterday’s Honda, and today’s 2009 Ferrari California being both so, how shall I say this... white.

The thing of it is, the hue is sort of what makes this Italian stallion interesting. After all, sort of like a black person being offered the lead in a summer tentpole film, you just don’t see Ferraris like this all that often.


No, usually you are going to see these in Maranello’s favorite color, red, or rosso in their native tongue. This one, being beige both outside and in, is your creamsicle reminder that it doesn’t always have to be that way.

You all are no doubt familiar with the California. This is a car of firsts for Ferrari: the company’s first production car with a front-mounted V8; first one with a retractable hardtop roof; first with a direct injection engine. The list goes on, but you get the picture.


That direct injected F136 V8 up front displaces 4,297-ccs and manages a healthy 453-bhp without the aid of any breathing apparatus. Backing up the twitchy alloy 8 here is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. You get the choice of letting it do its own thing or getting involved yourself with a pair of flappy paddles behind the three-spoke wheel. What’s your pick, Mario?


That wheel contains the start/stop switch and is leather-wrapped, as is pretty much every other surface in the 2+2 interior. Contrasting piping breaks up the tsunami of beige in there, and everything looks to be as-new.

Strangely, and without further explanation, the ad says that the car is originally from the Middle East and hence has Arabic writing all over it. Huh?


Like the interior, the exterior seems to be in tip-top shape albeit beige. These are not considered to be the most attractive cars Ferrari has ever produced, but I’m sure you wouldn’t kick it out of bed for eating crackers if someone gave it to you. Also, while these are considered to be more GT cars than the raw-edged sports cars that usually get adorned with the prancing horse, be forewarned that they can bite the unprepared in the butt.


It’s somewhat humorous that the seller claims the car to be one of a kind in the ad and then a sentence later notes that he’s including a picture of the same hued car offered elsewhere for more than he’s asking. This guy should run for president.

There’s 15K on the clock which means timing belts and other work need to be done. You’d want to ask about that and any other maintenance records that might come with the car as that’s a critical aspect of even semi-exotic ownership.


To become the owner of this semi-exotic you’d need to respond to the Las Vegas Craigslist ad the seller has posted. Or the one he’s put up in Boston. Does that peg this as a scam? I don’t think so, I think he’s just trying to reach the market. That market is folks who—if the seller is lucky—would spend the $119,000 asking for this beige on beige beauty.


What’s your take on this interestingly hued California and that $119,000 price? Does that seem like a deal to stand out while fitting in? Or, is this just too dull a car to command that kind of cash?

You decide!


Las Vegas Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

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