Why this Ferrari Mondial is perfect for Alaska | Your Projects

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Aug 23, 2022 | Ferrari, Your Projects, Alaska, Ferrari Mondial

Why did forum member crankwalk just ship a 1984 Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet coupe up to Alaska? Because he lives there and has wanted a V8 Ferrari for years.

A lot of Ferrari people hate Mondials,” he posted. “A lot of non Ferrari people hate Mondials. I don’t get it and don’t care. I have thought they were cool since I saw Gary get one in ‘Weird Science.’”

Read more about the Ferrari in the 1984 Ferrari Mondial QV coupe - a sensible vehicle for Alaska build thread.

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Slippery
Slippery GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/23/22 11:36 a.m.

Cabriolet coupe? surprise

Driven5
Driven5 UberDork
8/23/22 11:50 a.m.

I've occasionally heard the sirens' call of the Mondial, thinking of it as an underappreciated and unique family fun car... But that line of thinking always comes back around to the "Well... Sometimes I think can do crystal meth, but then I think hmm... better not."

This has me squarely back around to the first thought again.

crankwalk (Forum Supporter)
crankwalk (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/25/22 9:32 a.m.
Slippery said:

Cabriolet coupe? surprise

Sawzall time!

crankwalk (Forum Supporter)
crankwalk (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/25/22 9:36 a.m.
Driven5 said:

I've occasionally heard the sirens' call of the Mondial, thinking of it as an underappreciated and unique family fun car... But that line of thinking always comes back around to the "Well... Sometimes I think can do crystal meth, but then I think hmm... better not."

This has me squarely back around to the first thought again.

The coupes really aren't family cars. You can kind of get kids in the backseat of a cabriolet with the top down but it's almost impossible to have room to drive and have anyone in the back of a coupe. It's a great place to put "stuff" just not people.

 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
8/25/22 9:52 a.m.

In reply to crankwalk (Forum Supporter) :

I don't know if they share any dimensions, but I've driven a Dino GT4 2+2.  I'm 5'-10" with a short inseam, like 30".  In my driving position the leading edge of the back seat physically touched the back of the front seat.

To paraphrase P J O'Rourke, "There isn't room for kids in the back seat - at least not the normal kind with arms and legs and everything."

 

crankwalk (Forum Supporter)
crankwalk (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/25/22 12:21 p.m.

In reply to Duke :

 

It's perfect for the road trip essentials.. 

Driven5
Driven5 UberDork
8/25/22 1:17 p.m.

In reply to crankwalk (Forum Supporter) :

Is that pic of the drivers seat in a useable position? What's your height/inseam? As shown, that would be tons of rear legroom for a family-fun car.

crankwalk (Forum Supporter)
crankwalk (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/25/22 1:48 p.m.
Driven5 said:

In reply to crankwalk (Forum Supporter) :

Is that pic of the drivers seat in a useable position? What's your height/inseam? As shown, that would be tons of rear legroom for a family-fun car.

I'm 5'9" with a 32" inseam I guess. I have the fire extinguisher  in the back but no, if you are older than 4 years old you can't slide your feet under the front seats and have your head straight up in a coupe. 

 

Here's a shot from a cabriolet to give you an idea. They have a slightly different seat design and smaller center section. If everybody is 5'6" or shorter then maybe.

 

 

 

iansane
iansane Dork
8/25/22 2:07 p.m.
Driven5 said:

I've occasionally heard the sirens' call of the Mondial, thinking of it as an underappreciated and unique family fun car... But that line of thinking always comes back around to the "Well... Sometimes I think can do crystal meth, but then I think hmm... better not."

This has me squarely back around to the first thought again.

I know of a sweet f355 that's just sitting...

Tom1200
Tom1200 UberDork
8/25/22 3:39 p.m.

My two favorite are the 340 America and the Mondial.  As the 340 is ever so slightly out of my price range I'd have to go with the Mondial. If were to ever actually buy lotto tickets and win then I'd also buy a 340. 

I've actually driven a F355, 360, 456 and 410 Super America (wanna drive my 7 million car?) . While I know the Mondial isn't earth shattering; I just like the looks of them and the motor sounds great. 

Driven5
Driven5 UberDork
8/25/22 5:12 p.m.
iansane said:

I know of a sweet f355 that's just sitting...

Me too... I'm just not sure if that's more of an enabling, or a warning.

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