For $62,000, you can get yourself behind the wheel of all sorts of interesting cars, so long as you’re willing to shop on the used market. That price will get you in the drivers seat of a nice 1990 Ferrari Testarossa, a car which when new, would sell for $164,950. It also puts you in close proximity to a well-equipped, 2014 Z51 Corvette Stingray. Maybe you’ve already made up your mind between those two, but in case you haven’t, Car and Driver pitted the two against one another in a very red edition of New vs. Old.
The Ferrari is, simply put, not for everyone. Any car from Maranello usually proves tedious to take care of and costly to fix. It has a 4.9-liter flat 12-cylidner engine producing 380 horsepower, which helped it reach a top speed of 180 mph, making it one of the faster production cars of the time period. C&D says driving the Testarossa requires your full, undivided attention. By the time they had completed a canyon run in it, their arms hurt, they were tired and the owner of the car, a heart surgeon, had said “Well, that got my blood pumping.”
It should be obvious that the Corvette is the easier and more comfortable car day-to-day, considering it’s almost brand new. The ‘Vette has technologies like a heads up display, a rev-matching 7-speed transmission and satellite navigation. Unlike the Ferrari, the American also has power assisted controls, so going for a drive doesn’t require stretching for 30 minutes prior so you don’t pull a muscle. All these things make it the better car to drive everyday, but for around $60,000, where would your money go? Check out their article here to find out which car got C&D’s pick.