Wed, 16th Oct 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 55

1989 Ferrari 328 GTS

Estimated at £120,000 - £150,000

Lot details
Registration No: EU-Reg
Chassis No: ZFFWA20B000081550

- Possibly the lowest mileage 328 GTS in existence - 283 miles from new!

- A European specification car supplied new via SA.MO.CAR S.p.a. of Rome complete with tool kit, bulb kit, torch and original Goodyear tyres

- Carefully dry stored for almost all its life but recently treated to a cam belt service and recommissioning by Dick Lovett etc

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, while 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 engine 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 boasted 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 some 1,344 GTB and 6,068 GTS derivatives had been made. Synonymous with speed and style, the targa-roofed model's cult status was enhanced via roles in Dallas, Falcon Crest, Beverley Hills Cop II, Nikita and LA Story.

Supplied new by SA.MO.CAR S.p.a. of Rome, this exceptional 328 GTS is understood to have changed hands immediately thereafter for twice its list price such was the `gold fever' surrounding Maranello's more sought after models in the late 1980s! Unfortunately, the following decade brought with it a global recession which decimated values. Rather than face a sizeable loss, the Ferrari's second owner chose to place it into professional storage. Fast forward twenty-four years, and with prices back at pre-crash levels, he had the two-seater recommissioned by Ferrari Rome before selling it to the vendor. Forming part of a significant private collection since then, chassis 81550 is warranted to have covered just 455km (283 miles) from new. A true `time warp', the 328 GTS still has delivery stickers affixed to its driver's side front and spare wheels. Both inner sills carry plastic protective covers and the internal trunking which draws air from the side vents to the engine has yet to discolour. As well as its original tool kit, jack and Goodyear tyres, the Ferrari boasts a spare bulb kit, torch and Prancing Horse logoed Red bag.

Understandably described by the seller as `nigh on as new', this is the lowest mileage 328 GTS we have encountered. A worthy addition to any serious marque collection, chassis 81550 has recently been entrusted to Dick Lovett Ltd for a £5,000 cambelt service and brake overhaul etc should a new owner wish to have some appreciation for what it would have felt to drive a `showroom fresh' Ferrari thirty years ago!

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