“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Subsequently updated with four-valves per cylinder, the 308 was superseded by the mechanically similar but larger engined 328 GTB in 1985.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 nicely preserved example was first registered in October 1987, forming part of an Italian collection for a number of years before being acquired via specialist Joe Macari in 2017. The team at Macari noted that the car was in “great working order” and still fitted with an older set of tyres and no signs of rust, and as such supplied the car to our vendor serviced and recommissioned. The work in 2017 included a full cambelt change and new tyres all round. With just 30,000 miles recorded, a current UK MoT certificate and V5, this is a wonderful opportunity to own a true Ferrari icon from the 1980’s.