Buying a used Italian supercar

Whether you buy an Italian supercar brand new or second-hand, at the end of the day you still get to own and drive around in an Italian supercar and that’s what matters most. The internet has many pre-loved cars to offer at various prices and as long as you know what to check and have done your research, you can get a fantastic bargain.

Buying a used Italian supercar

What are the benefits of buying a second hand supercar?

Older cars are available at a fraction of the cost of their new versions, and this can be a great advantage as this saving can go towards maintenance costs instead. Searching online for a used Italian supercar presents you with a huge range of models for sale and eBay Motors has some tempting adverts right now, including these great examples below:

1999 MASERATI 3200 GT V8.6 SPEED MANUAL

Buying a used Italian supercar

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Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe 2dr 5.0 LP560

Buying a used Italian supercar

Things to look out for when buying a used sports car

A used supercar can be prone to bodywork damage or flaking paint so it is worth having a proper look all over when considering your purchase. Are all the panels different shades of the original colour and are reflections warped? If so, ask what work has been done on the car previously. It is also important to check for loose light units or exhausts – perhaps it has been fitted with an aftermarket sports exhaust – and take note of any signs of ‘kerbed’ alloys (especially common on Lamborghini Gallardos with 19 inch wheels and low profile tyres) before you buy. The weak point of any supercar tends to be the clutch so be sure to look into that when considering a pre-owned model. 

Buying a used Italian supercar

Of course, some listings can look too good to be true but there are real gems out there just waiting to be found!

Eurospares Icon – Maserati MC12

In 2004, Maserati gave us the show-stopping MC12 and here are just some of the reasons we love it so much.

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First of all, this unbelievable beast of a car ticks all the right boxes for any racing fan, whilst being completely road legal!

It is a road-going version of Maserati’s GT race car, decked out with an exclusive white and blue livery to result in a look that is far from anything they have produced before or since.

There is a carbon fiber body and the exterior features include a distinctive large nose, wing spoiler and roof-mounted center air intake.

There is also a set of 4 exhaust pipes to the rear and a removable hard top to transform the MC12 into an even sportier looking spyder.

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When you enter the MC12, via one of the two conventionally hinged doors, you are greeted by a designer blue leather interior but there is no radio or stereo present.

Fortunately, the V12 engine more than makes up for this as the sounds produced are a perfect accompaniment to any journey; although not deafening, the tones are at just the right level and there is also a pleasing lack of wind noise in the cabin.

Reaching over 205mph, this not-so-little supercar packs a punch whilst being remarkably simply to drive and easy to handle.

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The high price of the Maserati MC12, along with its very limited production run, makes this a very exclusive car and those who are fortunate enough to own one are the envy of car fans worldwide.

This iconic hypercar is full of personality and character, with styling that tells the world that this machine is built for just one thing – speed!

To see our full range of excellent quality Maserati MC12 spare parts, visit Eurospares.co.uk and get in touch with our professional team today!

Eurospares Icon – Ferrari F40

To celebrate their 40 year anniversary in style, Ferrari created the stunning F40 and its fair to say that nothing quite compares to this incredible car.

The F40 has a special history since it was the last car to leave Maranello under the supervision of Enzo himself, and his wish was for the engineers to “build a car to be best in the world”.

When you stop for a moment to appreciate this supercar, you realise that the F40 really does have it all; looks, power, speed and on top of all that it is an absolute joy to drive!

Ferrari F40

A worthy successor to the 288 GTO, every little thing about the F40 is exciting and the exterior styling is simply breathtaking.

Whether it is parked up or hurtling towards that 201 mph top speed, thanks to the awesome twin-turbo V8, this turbocharged beauty certainly turns heads.

The Ferrari F40 was first introduced in 1987 with an expected production of around 400; however this had soon skyrocketed to over 1,200 by 1992 when the run came to an end.

Ferrari F40

This was due to there being such high demand at the time and as a result this model isn’t particularly rare, but that does not make it any less special.

Whilst it may be a little on the pricey side to own and run, all of those money worries just slip away once you take it for a spin.

Being sat in the driving seat of an F40 has to be experienced to be believed and while the world flies past in a blur you are reminded that this really is a race car for the road.

Ferrari F40

To keep weight to an absolute minimum, Ferrari used as little paint as possible and it is this level of attention to detail that makes this car one of the best.

Here at Eurospares we specialise in supplying top quality spare parts for Ferraris, including the fabulous F40, so visit our website today to see our full range:

 

Eurospares Icon – Lamborghini Diablo

Over 11 years, the Lamborghini Diablo may have changed and evolved, with 2884 cars being built in total, but it never lost that iconic feel.

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Starting at the very beginning, from 1990-1999 there was the original Diablo that was designed to replace the Countach and it carried a hefty price tag upon release. This exotic supercar offered excellent straight-line performance and a 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds.

Then along came the Diablo VT (1993-1999), the second generation model that was much Improved and updated. With VT standing for Viscous Traction, this car introduced the all-new computerized suspension system.

Lamborghini Diablo

Lamborghini celebrated their 30th anniversary with just 150 special, limited edition Diablo SE 30s in 1994 and one year on, they revealed the SE 30 Jota. This version was slightly different from the original SE 30 since it had an upgraded engine and at that point it was the most advanced Diablo so far.

The 5.7 litre, rear wheel drive Lamborghini Diablo SV (1996-1999) produced 510 bhp, living up to its “super fast” name. Handling in the SV was sharper, acceleration was quick and drivability was superb.

10 years on from the Diablo’s first release there was the VT 6.0 (2000 – 2001) and it was all change inside and out this time around. Modifications included the front bumper, nose, air intakes, dashboard and seats. This is arguably the best Diablo of all, with V-12 power, stable handling and a surprising level of comfort.

Lamborghini Diablo

The Lamborghini Diablo is known for flamboyance and has always had race car aspirations. Being named after the Devil himself, you would be right to expect something pretty spectacular, and Lamborghini delivered. The Diablo was, and still very much is, a head-turner and the excitement surrounding its release in 1990 has not been lost.

Visit Eurospares.co.uk to see our great range of Lamborghini Diablo spares; we specialise in providing top quality spare parts for luxury Italian cars, so get in touch with our expert team today!

Motorsport As An Olympic Sport

Since the dawn of the Olympics, cars have only ever featured once and that was way back in 1900; isn’t it about time they were brought back into the arena?

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The famous Olympic rings

Despite medals being awarded at that special Summer Olympics event in 1900, motorsport was not even considered an official sport at the time and we think drivers deserve a chance to compete for their country just like any other athlete. It is difficult to believe that cars are still being unfairly overlooked, as there have been so many weird and wonderful sports taking part in the hundred or so years that have passed – including croquet and tug of war! There are a lot of exciting options when it comes to motorsports; these range from Formula One, Formula E, Rally, Touring Car, Drag Race, Hill Climb and 24 Hour Endurance.

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Formula E (zero-emission race option)

According to Olympic ideals, sports should be for all nations, religions, ages and competencies with no professionals in sight. However, these criteria have noticeably evolved, even in recent years, so there is hope yet for our nation’s top drivers! One possible obstacle is that motorsport in general is famous for its dependency on funding, which could be an issue as the only adverts allowed are those from official Olympic sponsors.

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Street racing could be the answer!

There is a surprising amount of equipment used at the Olympics, from sleds and bikes to boats and horses, which help competitors to go on and win medals for their country. So, why should vehicles be treated any different? Every motorsports fan knows that racing is not just about the car being driven; hand-eye coordination and lightning fast reactions are just two of the skills required to be a successful racer. Variations between cars could be kept to a minimum, to emphasise the skill of each driver, and all skill levels would be welcome.

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Events could be based on ‘Race of Champions’ (Wembley Stadium 2007)

Figuring out a suitable venue for each event wouldn’t pose too much of a problem; there is always the ‘street race’ option to consider and Tokyo really would provide excellent opportunities at the 2020 Games. Motorsports has the potential to bring something new and truly spectacular to the Olympic stage, here’s hoping we only have to wait 4 more years to see drivers up on the podium!

Breaking A Ferrari For Parts

At Eurospares we have a vast array of great quality second hand car parts, which have all been skilfully sourced and removed from hundreds of Ferraris. These beautifully crafted items are then made available to purchase from us on our website and in this blog we will explain just why this is such a fantastic way to get hold of your luxury car parts.

Watch our timelapse video to see the whole breaking process:

Why break a Ferrari for parts?

There are many advantages to breaking a Ferrari for parts and our ultimate goal is to ensure our customers get the spare parts they have been searching for at the best possible price. As the leading luxury scrap dealership, we work with only the most talented and highly trained team who have years of experience disassembling these Italian cars. Accuracy and precision is key to preserving each part and specialist tools are required to carry out such an intricate process.

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With second hand parts, you get high quality for a low price

When you buy a used part from us, there is always a chance we have the colour you need in stock already and if not, you always have the option of painting it to match your vehicle. A lot of products we supply have actually come from brand new cars so you’ll be guaranteed amazing quality for an even more amazing price. Many insurance write offs still have perfectly salvageable parts and it is worth noting that a genuine Ferrari part will be direct fit, perfect for a quick and simple fitting session.

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Eurospares are experienced Ferrari spares specialists

As we’re sure you’ll have noticed, a second hand spare part is always the lower cost option and our selection is also much more likely to fit better than pattern parts. By using our services, related parts can be purchased together rather than having to shop around to find each individual product which saves you time and effort. We also provide fast global shipping options, so your Ferrari can look good as new sooner than you think.

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We stock thousands of luxury car parts

Our 4 huge warehouses are filled to the brim with precious parts that have all been carefully categorised and valued by trained experts. Raw materials are taken from partly demolished or damaged Ferraris that come in to our garage from all over the world. Deconstruction is undertaken by specialists here at Eurospares to strip each car down to its chassis and parts that have not already been ordered are safely stored away until they are sold. One of the great advantages of buying from Eurospares is that parts are available right there and then; no need to wait around for backorders, just choose your delivery or collection method and we supply the part straight away.

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Talk to the experts at Eurospares about spare Ferrari parts

Eurospares.co.uk is your number one destination for luxury Ferrari parts and our friendly, professional team is on hand to answer any questions you may have, so get in touch with us today!

Email: info@eurospares.co.uk

Phone: 01787 477 169

Last Ferrari To Win Le Mans: 1964 Ferrari 250

Only 32 of these fantastic little cars were ever made and the series is now highly sought after by collectors, but what makes the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM so special?

1964 Ferrari 250

This gorgeous 2 door Coupe competition car was the last Ferrari to be victorious at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race back in 1965 and this was a bit of a surprise since the manufacturer was considered by many to be an international racing circuit newcomer. This V12 was Ferrari’s first mid-engine racing sports car; it was prepared and entered into the event by The North American Racing Team (NART), with Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory as the Circuit de la Sarthe drivers. Second place in the same event actually went to another 250 LM, which just goes to show that it really was an incredible track car.

The little red Ferrari that never gave up!

The 250 LM was first unveiled in 1963 at the Paris Automobile Show and was originally developed from the prototype 250 P, keeping much the same layout. Most of the cars were sent on to compete in global races and a handful of private owners used them on the road, despite them offering a rather uncomfortable ride especially compared to that of the ‘official’ GT cars. The plan was for the LM to take the place of Ferrari’s 250 GTO in 1964 as their Group 3 Grand Touring competition car, however the motor racing authorities had other ideas and would not let it race as a road car. Entered instead as a prototype to meet requirements, the car didn’t even make it as far as the start line that season but one year on everything changed for Ferrari when the 250 LM landed the top podium spot. By 1966 it received full sports car approval and has since gone on to become a rarity with a very interesting history!

1964 Ferrari 250

Previously, Ferrari had won at Le Mans six times in a row, bringing their overall total up to an impressive nine, so surely it’s only a matter of time before they win again, even if we have been waiting for over 50 years….

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Ferrari’s 10 Season Wait For The F1 World Title

Ferrari is the longest standing team in Formula One history, but despite having over spent over 60 consecutive years mastering the sport, this famous team has gone 10 long, arduous seasons without a world title to their name. So we thought, what with all the thrilling Spanish Grand Prix action of late, that it would be interesting to look back at Ferrari’s roller-coaster journey.

The Rise & Fall of Ferrari

1393150_178680782321138_1166462672_nAt the very start, way back in 1950, the Ferrari team was right there and Jose Froilan Gonzalez won them the 1951 British Grand Prix. Fast forward to 1964’s drivers’ championship, this was the year John Surtees became the first man to ever win a championship on two and four wheels, a record he still holds to this day.

In more recent times, Kimi Raikkonen went on to win the final race of the 2007 season, boosting Ferrari back up to the top once more. The team faced defeat against Hamilton a year later, narrowly missing out on the drivers’ title, and then continued to fight a losing battle in 2009 against Red Bull and Brawn for the early half of that season.

Ferrari finished their 60th season in a respectable 4th place, but of course this was not the result they had dreamed of, so in 2010 Fernando Alonso was signed up to the team. Bringing in a two-time champion should have been a real advantage, however this was not to be the case; Vettel beat Alonso by 3 points in the final season of 2012 – not good news for Ferrari!

F1 – Australian Grand Prix 2016

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This year’s Australian Grand Prix was looking very promising and everyone noticed how well Ferrari were performing; right from the first moment they drove very competitively in both the winter testing and practice in the lead up to the big race. At one point we were impressed to see that Ferrari had managed to push Hamilton back down to 7th on the first lap, which must have lifted everyone’s spirits and given the team a real boost. However, this initial positivity was not destined to last as on lap 17 the race was neutralised and Ferrari made a serious error. Unlike their rivals over at Mercedes, who made the better decision to opt for medium tyre compound, they chose to leave Vettel and Raikonen to race with super-soft tyres. This ultimately caused them to pit on lap 36, dropping Ferrari to third place.

Ferrari’s Formula One Future

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Photo credit: formula1.ferrari.com

Ferrari may have finished second and third at the Spanish Grand Prix, but the team has been waiting for a first title since 2007 and it must have been frustrating to have so many near misses, without a single opportunity to bag the number one spot. After looking back at all the trials and tribulations that Ferrari’s team have faced over the decades, since Formula One was first established, lets hope they don’t have to wait another 9 years to celebrate their next F1 victory!

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How Eurospares Turn Luxury Scrap Into Spare Parts

Eurospares is a luxury scrap dealership in Halstead, Essex, with a very exclusive client base. We supply unique, hard to find parts for Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Ferraris, with cars coming from all over the world to our garage.

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Start With Raw Materials

3Our precious spare parts are recovered from luxury cars that have sadly been damaged or partly demolished, with their value being estimated by our experienced specialists. When you come to Eurospares, all the parts are already here and ready to go; we stock everything from racing seats and wheels to water pumps and airbags.

For many years, clients have come to us for spares, since we are often the only place in England that stocks their specific part. We have 4 warehouse halls, filled with thousands of carefully organised items which our experts have archived in a specially designed computer program. When you have more than 130 different car models to check for available resources, attention to detail is a must!

Where To Start?

2Before any parts are retrieved, our team checks each car over, paying particular attention to the engine as this has the greatest value when it comes to supercars. Once a thorough inspection has been carried out, cars are brought into the garage to be disassembled with extreme care, so as not to cause any damage to the valuable parts we plan to recover.

Our trained professionals use a range of specialist tools, an example of which is a hook specifically designed to pick out the delicate plastic parts on car doors, to ensure as many parts as possible are kept intact. The trick to masterful deconstruction, is knowing the correct order to work in; each step is part of a unique process, resulting in a car that is completely stripped down to its chassis.

The Fastest Way To Get Your Supercar Spares

1Sometimes, parts are snapped up by luxury car owners fairly early in the strip down process, while other parts are put into storage for another time. Compared to buying from a garage, where you could potentially have to wait for a month or more, Eurospares offer our clients the possibility of instant results.

 

Visit our site to see all that we currently offer, or get in touch with a specific request and we will be happy to help.

Website: eurospares.co.uk

Email: info@eurospares.co.uk

Phone: 01787 477 169