19-20 January 2017
1988 Ferrari 328 GTS
- Chassis no. ZFFXA20A2J0076919
- Engine no. 12290
Sold for $88,000
- Classic colors with low mileage
Arguably Pininfarina’s most classic design from the 1970s and ’80s is that of the Ferrari 308. Boasting a much more forward-thinking and angular design than its voluptuous predecessor, the 246 Dino, the 308 was an instant hit and became one of Ferrari’s most iconic automobiles.
Considering the success of the 308 GTB and GTS models, Ferrari knew that it was in its best interest to retain the same formula for the car’s successor, the 328. Stylistically, the design remained very similar to its predecessor, save for molded bumpers, a slightly smaller front grille, and its most readily distinguishable feature: a small roof spoiler that was mounted just aft of the rear seats. Pininfarina’s designers took the time to smooth out the lines on the body, making the car appear to be slightly less aggressive but more refined overall. Inside, the 328 received more supportive seats, along with updated ergonomics, in an effort to further refine the driving experience.
Of course, the engine was addressed too, and cubic capacity was increased to 3,186 cubic centimeters through increasing the bore and stroke, hence the car’s designation of “328.” Horsepower was increased to 270 brake horsepower at 7,000 rpm, leading the 328 to a top speed of 160 mph with a 0–60 mph time of 5.5 seconds, estimable performance even by today’s standards.
This car has resided in its present ownership for some time, acquired in Ontario, and currently shows less than 9,200 original miles. As such, the condition, as might be expected, is outstanding, from the red livery to the tan upholstery, and any cosmetic imperfections are only visible upon closer examination. Included in its file are a leather owner’s manual with books, including the radio instruction manual and remote control, all of which are likewise in excellent condition.
Considered by many to be one of the most reliable Ferraris ever built, 328s have always been the enthusiast’s favorite, as they offer excellent performance, wonderful road manners, and service costs that will not break the bank. Simply, this particular 328 is one that checks all the right boxes and will please the most discerning of enthusiasts.
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