The Mondial saw Ferrari return to Pininfarina as its choice of styling house, and it was sold as a mid-sized Coupé and, eventually, a Cabriolet. Conceived as a ‘more usable’ model, offering the practicality of four seats with the performance of a mid-range Ferrari, it was aimed at attracting a slightly wider audience than their traditionally more focused two-seaters. The car’s body was not built as a monocoque in the same way as a conventional car but instead, the steel outer body was produced by the famous Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Scaglietti, just down the road in nearby Modena and clothed a lightweight steel box-section space frame. The Mondial was the first Ferrari where the entire engine/gearbox/rear suspension assembly was mounted on a detachable steel sub-frame, making engine removal for a major rebuild or cylinder head removal much easier than it had been on earlier models.
This early 1985 Mondial Quattrovalvole Cabriolet was first delivered to the dry state of New Mexico where it resided for a number of years before being brought into the UK in 2016. During its time in the US we have a Carfax report to show the Mondial was never involved in an accident, in addition to evidence of servicing work. In its current UK ownership the Mondial has benefitted from a number of improvements such as new and expensive Michelin TRX Tyres all round, newly refurbished alloy wheels, a replacement cabriolet roof and four electric window motors, a new clutch master and slave cylinder, also servicing including timing belts. Notably in the US a Tubi stainless exhaust system was fitted (at a cost of over $3,400), which improves breathing and sounds fantastic under acceleration. The Mondial is offered with the correct wallet, handbook, manuals, tool-kit and bills and receipts for works completed.
During the previous keepers ownership the vehicle was only used in fair weather and stored under cover in a climate-controlled garage. Finished in Rosso Corsa with a Nero leather interior, this is a highly accessible entry into classic Ferrari ownership and a lovely car for the summer months.