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Introduced at the September 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ferrari 328 shot straight to the top of the 'junior supercar' league. Borrowed from the preceding 308, its tubular-steel chassis was equipped with double-wishbone independent suspension, front / rear anti-roll bars and potent disc brakes, and the adoption of a 288 GTO-specification steering rack brought notably sharper responses. Transversely mid-mounted, the newcomer's Tipo 105CB 'quad-cam' 32-valve V8 displaced 3185cc. Credited with developing 270bhp and 224lbft of torque, it was allied to five-speed manual transmission and gave suitably authoritative performance (0-60mph: 5.5 seconds / 158mph). Styled by Pininfarina, the 328 retained the same iconic silhouette as its forebear but added a larger 'egg crate' grille, new bumpers and reworked bonnet and boot lids. Available in both GTB (berlinetta) and GTS (spider) guises, the Ferrari also benefited from a revamped interior - again inspired by the 288 GTO - complete with improved switchgear, redesigned centre console and more cosseting seats. Beloved by the press and public alike, the 328 remained in production until 1989 by which time just 542 GTSs are thought to have been despatched to the UK.

This car was supplied new in the UK by Maranello Concessionaires, and the vendor is confident that the mileage of 26,000 is genuine, based on old MOT certificates and an HPI report, citing the condition of the interior trim as proof, plus he believes that most of the paint is original too. It has been recently recommissioned following a period of inactivity at a cost of circa £1,000, including a full service. The rare factory-fit air conditioning was fettled and regassed, and there are four new tyres. He says: "coachwork and paint are as new, all of the electrics work, the engine is exceptional with only 26,000 miles, and the transmission has exceptional synchros". Commenting that: "This is a beautiful, original, low-mileage GTS, with the last change of keeper in 1997", the vendor points out that as a February 1988 car it will be attractive to Australian buyers, having much lower import duties than a 1989 example. This gorgeous Ferrari is sold with V5C, fresh MOT and full set of Ferrari tools.

Image and description kindly supplied by H&H Classic Auctions

Ferrari 328 GTS 1978

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