Debuted at the 1985 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Ferrari 328 was the second model in Ferrari’s long and popular line of mid-engine V8 sports cars, continuing through to the present day 488 GTB. The 328 was the replacement to the popular 308 and featured notable performance and design advancements over the outgoing model.
Under the engine cover is the same transversely-mounted, fuel-injected V8 from the Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole, with an increase in displacement. By increasing both bore and stroke, the ‘quattrovalvole’s capacity was raised to 3,186cc which, together with a higher compression ratio, revised pistons, and an improved Marelli engine management system, lifted maximum power to 270bhp at 7,000rpm. Top speed was raised to within a whisker of 160mph (258km/h) and 60mph arrived from a standing start in 5.5 seconds.
A significant difference from the 308 is the use of galvanized steel, which greatly reduces potential rust problems compared to its forebear, however, beneath the skin, the tubular steel chassis remained much as before, with all-round independent suspension by double wishbones, four-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes, and aluminium-alloy wheels, though the latter were increased in size. The interior too had come in for some subtle revision and now featured improved instruments, switchgear, and heating.
The iconic Leonardo Fioravanti-designed body was updated for a smoother, more contemporary appearance with integrated bumpers and revised cooling ducts, resulting in a more cohesive and streamlined profile. Pininfarina built two variants of this mid-engine sportscar, the Gran Turismo Berlinetta Coupe and the Gran Turismo Spider, featuring a removable Targa top. The GTS offered an exhilarating open-air driving experience and afforded the driver and their fortunate passenger unbridled access to the unmistakable sound of the dry-sump Ferrari V8. In the short four year run of the 328, 6,068 examples were produced, a great success which, combined with the success and popularity of the 308, ensured the position of the mid-engine V8 in Ferrari’s permanent stable.
The car presented here is a desirable early UK-market, 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS with just 31,000 miles and is as good an example as you would hope to find. It left Ferrari’s Maranello factory finished in the classic combination of Rosso Corsa with contrasting Crema leather sitting on Cromadora ‘Star’ alloy wheels and factory-fitted with air conditioning.
Supplied new to the captain of the QE2, it has led a cosseted existence, having covered fewer than 1000 miles in the past decade and, as such, remains in superb, original condition. In the care of just a handful of owners since new (our vendor and five others), it has been religiously maintained and the gearbox synchros were recently replaced by the well-respected ‘Zul Racing’. The striking Rosso Corsa paintwork shines vividly accentuating Leonardo Fioravanti’s timeless design and the original leather interior possesses a lovely patina, appropriate for the age of the car. A large history file, two keys and a stack of service records tell the story of caring ownership and regular attention. Absolutely ready to use and enjoy…