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Lot 145

1989 Ferrari 328 GTS

  • Chassis no. ZFFWA20B000080644
  • Engine no. 16947

Sold for £156,800

270 bhp, 3,185 cc DOHC transverse-mounted V-8 engine, five-speed manual transaxle, independent front and rear suspension with unequal length A-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar, and telescopic dampers, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,350 mm

  • Offered from a prominent Italian collection
  • Carefully stored since new; less than 200 kilometres
  • Quintessential Rosso Corsa over tan leather
  • Final year of 328 production

The 328 succeeded the vaunted Ferrari 308 line-up, and when it appeared in 1985, it quickly became an icon of the roaring 1980s. Even though it was based on the 308, the 328 nonetheless boasted a cleaner and more focused appearance which was more in touch with the industry’s general push toward softened, aerodynamic designs. Of course, it retained its rear mid-engine layout, with a 3.2-litre, Tipo F105CB, eight-cylinder engine mounted just behind the driver and passenger.

Similar to the 308 Quattrovalvole’s engine, the 328’s powertrain was upped to 3,185 cubic centimetres, and it used a Marelli electronic ignition system to boost output to a quoted 270 horsepower. Motivation was delivered to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, resulting in the 328 being capable of sprinting to 60 mph from a standstill in under six seconds.

Both the targa-top GTS (Spider) and the fixed-roof GTB (Berlinetta) models were on offer, with the former significantly outselling the latter. Interestingly, a version with a downsized 2.0-litre V-8 and an IHI turbocharger was offered exclusively in Italy to avoid a hefty tax charge. Production of the 328 wrapped up in 1989, making the 328 GTS offered here amongst the final models ever built. It was delivered new to its current owner in Northern Italy and has been stored in a private collection since new. It shows under 200 kilometres on its odometer and is absolutely as-new in every way. Outside, it is swathed in Rosso Corsa over light beige, and its interior stands apart thanks to its bright red carpeting. A period-correct AM/FM/cassette audio system is also included.

In 1985, Motor said that the 328 “is as close to a work of art as any modern car could be”, but it wasn’t the styling that won them over; it was the fact that despite both the Testarossa and the 288 GTO were then in production, the 328 was one of the best drivers’ cars Ferrari ever made.

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