Models like the Mondial got no love, but that doesn't seem to matter.
Despite what little kids on the Internet may tell you, Ferrari doesn't always build good cars. Cars like the 348, Mondial, 412, and the 208 GT4 all show that the automaker is capable of building crap. However, will Ferrari's crap be worth something some day? These models are all relatively cheap compared to cars like the Testarossa and F40. While we know the Mondial will never be a million dollar classic, will it (along with its stablemates) ever stop being something that Ferrari just wants you to forget?
Even "Top Gear" questioned whether or not buying a cheap Ferrari like Richard Hammond's 308 GT4 could actually work out. In one of the show's funniest bits ever, you see why these cars became so cheap. However, times have changed a little bit since "Top Gear" filmed this scene.
The 308 GT4 came with a tiny 3.0-liter V8 with just 240 horsepower. The lesser 208 has an even smaller 2.0-liter V8 with only 170 horsepower. Despite being some of the most maligned cars in the company's history, models like the Mondial, 348, and 308 can still command price tags of over $100,000! Collectibles don't always have to be the best looking cars of all time, and they certainly don't have to be one of the best when it comes to driving. That is why you can never fully discredit any Ferrari from being a future classic. The Ferrari badge may be the most future-proof badge of any car in the world. Seriously, at this point you could slap it on a bicycle and feel secure in your investment.
Even though many Ferrari cars have been terrible, some divine force manages to keep prices on the rise. Everyone knew about how bad the Mondial was and yet we can still find many of them for sale with price tags that can best be described as insane. We don't think that any Ferrari will ever be completely worthless and so far we haven't really been proven wrong. The 348 was outclassed in almost every way by the Acura NSX, but it is still worth more. If you are looking for a car to stash away for your kids, the prancing horse might be a can't-miss option.