How Do You Flood A Fuel Injected Ferrari? Ask Sandy!

In 2012, a category three Hurricane (Sandy) turned most of the east coast into a giant swimming pool causing an estimated $71 billion in damages and claimed thousands of cars in the process...but it's just water and it'll buff right out...

Find this flooded and recovered 1983 Ferrari 308 GTSi with twin-turbo engine for sale in Olivehurst, CA currently bidding on ebay for $16,000 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go.

How Do You Flood A Fuel Injected Ferrari? Ask Sandy!


The seller claims that this Ferrari was owned by a famous chef, but we think this piece of Italian horsemeat was marinated a bit too long. A simple google search for its VIN returns a rap sheet like searching for Robert Downey Jr's mugshot. The original copart auction started at $8k but it isn't clear from the data we can see what the final sale price was to the "entrepreneur"/towel boy in California. Ferraris are supposed to conjure up images of Maranello or Monza, not Venice and the Queen Mary.

How Do You Flood A Fuel Injected Ferrari? Ask Sandy!


The 308 Quatrovalve was a "rare" version, with its 2.9 liter V8 sporting four valves per cylinder and fuel injection for a total of 235 horsepower. This wasn't enough for a previous owner, so two Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries (IHI) turbochargers have been bolted in place for additional juice.

How Do You Flood A Fuel Injected Ferrari? Ask Sandy!


Inside Noah's ark the seller reports that the flooding didn't reach the dashboard or the fuse panel and that aside from a salvage title it is difficult to tell anything bad happened to this car. That is probably because even a perfectly dry mid '80s Italian car will suffer from rust and electrical gremlins similar to a '50s British car. At least they scrubbed the mold off the seats...

How Do You Flood A Fuel Injected Ferrari? Ask Sandy!


We can imagine that in good shape this car would have been worth something in excess of $30k, being a turbocharged Ferrari 4V, but now the uncertainty associated with an extended soak brings the value closer to a used Hyundai minivan. In all fairness it probably won't fall apart like a Twix left on dashboard in the Phoenix summer heat...but..if it is your Hyundai minivan cash are you willing to get your feet wet...literally?

Originally published as 15k: Slippery When Wet: 1983 Ferrari 308 GT4 Twin-Turbo; Sandy Flood Salvage on dailyturismo.com

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Thanks to edlo500 and kevin who pointed out this is a GTSi and not a GT4.