Introduced in 1985, the ‘328’ was the third of Ferrari’s highly successful family of V8-engined road cars that had begun with the 308 GT4 of 1973. Originally badged as a Dino, the all-new 308 GT4 2+2 took over from the preceding Dino V6. Built on a shorter wheelbase, the stunningly beautiful 308 GTB marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling.
Subsequently updated with four-valves per cylinder, the 308 was superseded by the mechanically similar but larger engined 328 GTB in 1985. By increasing both bore and stroke, the quattrovalvole engine’s capacity was raised to 3,186cc which, together with a higher compression ratio, revised pistons, and improved Marelli engine management system, lifted maximum power to 270bhp at 7,000rpm. Top speed was raised to within a whisker of 160mph, with the sprint to 60mph covered in 5.5 seconds. On the outside, the addition of Testarossa-style moulded bumpers, a deeper rear valance and an unobtrusive roof spoiler could not disguise its underlying beauty.
This charming 328 GTS was delivered new to California in 1986 and has recently benefitted from both a new interior and an engine rebuild courtesy of Nijsmans Classic Cars, an established Carrosserie in Belgium. Said to be in excellent condition, this 80’s icon comes with its original service book and history, and has undergone a desirable Quicksilver exhaust upgrade which compliments the car nicely.