Is This Flood-Damaged Ferrari 488 Spider Worth Salvaging?

When it comes to flood damaged cars, the general consensus is to stay as far away as humanly possible. The fact that this particular example happens to be a Ferrari doesn’t help things, either.

Copart is currently auctioning this red 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider with a salvage title. The provided images don’t reveal any visible damage; the bodywork appears to be in good condition, the interior doesn’t show any stains (actually, it looks freshly vacuumed) while the engine compartment looks clean and tidy.

However, vehicles exposed to deep waters that appear to be looking acceptable still need to be thoroughly examined. The water can ruin everything, from electronics to mechanical components. And then, there are the long-term effects of flood damage that can send the car into a loop of endless repairs.

You get where this is going; you’ll need a rather brave mechanic and plenty of cash ready for burning if you want to register this 488 back on the road.

This specific Ferrari comes fitted with plenty options. These include the carbon-shelled bucket seats, the passenger’s digital display and more, making it probably a very nice parts-car for the right person.

In any case, flood-damaged cars are not for the fainthearted, especially when they come from places like Maranello.

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  • Bash

    No flooded car is worth salvaging imo

  • CJKnox

    The itsy bitsy (Ferrari) Spider

    Drove up the water spout

    Down came the rain and flushed the Spider out….

  • Paul

    The electronics issues alone would be enough to say scrap the thing.

    • Mill0048

      Perfect for a parts car if you want to do a crazy motor swap! Pontiac Aztec 488 anyone?

      • Gabe

        At $50 large (current bid) this thing is already more than the engine is worth. Especially considering the issues you’ll end up with down the road on a flood damaged engine.

        • Mill0048

          Of course! But it’s just fantasy land internet talk. Plus, Aztecs are too special to chop up anyway. 😉

  • Stomy Bugsy

    Well if I had the spare change to buy it. I would. I just need it to drive. The electronics is big deal but not impossible….

  • If someone wants to make a race car out it, why not.

  • KSegg

    I’m sure we’ll end up seeing it on YouTube with “I BOUGHT THE CHEAPEST FERRARI 488 IN THE COUNTRY!”.

    How did that become a thing.

  • Vicu

    Just buy it as a piece of Art, park it in the garden and enjoy the view with a drink. Only if I was that rich))

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