First seen in prototype form in 1987, the Ferrari 348 entered production in 1989, replacing the immensely successful 328GTB/GTS. Mid-engined like its predecessor, the 348 differed by mounting its four-valves-per-cylinder, quad-cam V8 engine – now enlarged to 3.4 litres – longitudinally, enabling it to be positioned lower in the chassis. Another new departure was the transversely mounted five-speed gearbox – a spin-off from Ferrari’s contemporary Formula 1 technology – which enabled weight to be concentrated within the wheelbase, thereby further improving the already brilliant roadholding.
Initially typed ‘TS’ and ‘TB’ – trasversale berlinetta and trasversale spider – the 348 reverted to Ferrari’s traditional GTB/GTS nomenclature part way through production. With its aerodynamic skirts, spoilers, minimal overhangs and distinctive gill slats feeding air to side-mounted radiators, the stocky 348 looked very much like a scaled-down Testarossa and, with around 300bhp on tap and a top speed of 170mph, gave little away in terms of outright performance to its larger, 12-cylinder sibling. Production ceased in 1994 after 8,745 348’s of all types had been built.
This wonderful example was first registered in France before being imported to the UK in 1998 and has been owned by the current vendor since 2002. Showing a mere 41,300 miles on the odometer from new, the car is said to be in a very good condition throughout. Finished in brilliant Giallofly paintwork and Nero leather interior, the car has been kept in a garage during its current ownership and benefits from a recent service in July of this year. Included is a history file along with warranty book, owner’s manual, V5C registration and a current MOT. Here is a chance to acquire a superb V8 Ferrari spider that has been excellently maintained and benefits from a limited mileage.