Introduced at the 1989 Frankfurt Motorshow, the Ferrari 348 was a truly innovative design. Utilising a robot-welded sheet-steel monocoque that not only broke with Maranello tradition but also brought considerable gains in torsional rigidity and dimensional accuracy. The newcomer was powered by a longitudinally-mounted ‘quad-cam’ 32-valve 3405cc V8 allied to five-speed manual transmission.
Developing some 300bhp and 238lbft of torque, the two-seater had need of its all-round independent suspension, ventilated ABS disc brakes, self-locking ZF differential and rack-and-pinion steering.
A near performance match for its Testarossa ‘big brother’ (contemporary road tests spoke of 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds and a 171mph top speed), the two also shared a number of styling cues. Though, the similarity was unsurprising given that both models were clothed by Pininfarina and featured side-mounted radiators. King of the junior supercars until the arrival of its 355 successor during 1994, the 348 could be had in coupe, targa and eventually spider guises (each variant enjoying leather upholstery, air-conditioning and an adjustable steering column as standard).
Described to be in as new condition and thoroughly original, this stunning 348 has only covered 20km since it’s last service which included the all-important cam belt change. Prior to the current ownership this car formed part of a large private collection and although meticulously cared for, was used very sparingly. Supplied with a service history, original books, leather wallet and full tool kit, this car is worthy of the most detailed inspection and should be.