“If the sublime purity of the original shape has been corrupted, its striking appearance has not. In our book, this is still the most beautiful of all contemporary exotics – a gorgeous looking car.” – Motor magazine reviewing the Ferrari 328.
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. 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Subsequently updated with four-valves per cylinder, the 308 was superseded by the mechanically similar but larger engined 328 GTB in 1985.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.
This wonderful example was part of a considerable private collection for 19 years before the current vendor took ownership and as such has been meticulously maintained. With a mere 44,000 miles showing on the odometer and presented in the ever popular rosso corsa with sumptuous tan leather interior, is showing little sign of its age. The leather presents with a lovely patina, the interior shows to be in very good condition and the targa roof fits securely with a neat and tidy headlining. The car comes complete with owners manual, tool roll, targa tonneau cover and has had the relevant taxes paid ready for registration within the EU. Offered at no reserve this is a wonderful opportunity to own a true Ferrari icon from the 1980’s.