Introduced in 1988, 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. The newcomer’s wedge-shaped styling – by Bertone rather than the customary Pininfarina – was not universally well received, but the performance of the amidships-mounted double-overhead-camshaft 3-litre V8 certainly was, and a new two-seater car using a dry-sumped version of the same power unit debuted at the Paris Salon in 1975. 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Subsequently updated with four-valves per cylinder, the 308 was superseded by the mechanically similar but larger engined 328 GTB in 1985.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.
The car on offer today is a near concours example as you would expect with less than 26,000 miles on clock (well documented in history file with many past tax discs, MOT Certificates, past invoices etc). We are advised it passed its MOT earlier this year with no advisories, indeed the tester commented just how very clean it was underneath as well as on top. Offered with its original and absolutely complete toolkit including unused chip touch-up paint etc, hazard triangle, battery lifting strap etc, original red Ferrari cloth cover plus modern one, original leather owners handbook, two sets of keys, original Pioneer radio/cassette with remote controller, electric aerial, trickle charger, new behind seat storage cover for targa top, cam belt service several hundred miles ago, 5 new tyres only 2283 miles ago this has to be one of the finest examples of the model, of which only 292 were ever produced.