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 spyder – 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 348s of all types had been built.
The Ferrari 348ts we offer was first delivered through Francorchamps Garage in 1993. Finished in arguably the most desirable colour of Bianco over Nero this car comes with its original tool kit, leather holder, 2 sets of keys and user manuals and service books.
The 348matching numbers engine with 41,000 km displayed on the odometer, this is an immensely talented and rewarding Ferrari which also offers gilt-edged investment potential for the future.