The mainstay of Ferrari production during the Seventies and Eighties was the mid-engined V8 range, the first 308 GTB of 1975 boasting stunning bodywork from master stylists Pininfarina, race-bred engineering along with excellent performance and was hailed by several magazines as being the best Ferrari yet.
The need to meet stringent new emission legislation saw the adoption of Bosch fuel injection in 1980 and the consequent drop in performance was rectified in 1982 with the introduction of four-valves-per-cylinder heads on the Quattrovalvole model.
Evolving from the beautiful 308 series in 1985 was the new 328, the new designation indicating an increase for the V8 engine capacity to 3185cc. Power rose to a healthy 270 bhp at 7000 rpm, the Marelli electronic ignition changed to the latest Microplex system, a hydraulically-operated clutch was adopted and ABS was standardised from mid-1988.
Answering criticisms regarding cabin ergonomics, the 328 series had a comprehensive interior redesign while externally the styling was refreshed with new panels below the beltline along with a variation on the classic five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels.
The 328 is both a practical and very usable Ferrari, offering plenty of performance, sexy looks whilst being relatively affordable. Much rarer than its GTS counterpart, only 1,344 GTBs were made in total and the model was never officially sold in Australia, making them comparatively rare in this country.
Finished in the Italian racing colour of red with contrasting tan leather upholstery, this vehicle is an excellent example of the classic mid-engined Ferrari sports car.
An original right-hand drive car, the Ferrari came to Australia from Hong Kong and has been upgraded with a wide-body kit by renowned German tuner Koenig.
In addition to the flared guards, deeper front air dam and rear spoiler, the car has 17-inch Compomotive rims with Pirelli P-Zero rubber.
The current owner has kept the Ferrari in immaculate condition and it has needed only routine maintenance in the six or so years he has owned it, including brakes, timing belts etc.
To be sold registered in New South Wales until April 2010 (the current personal plates are not included in the sale), the Ferrari comes with two sets of keys and the owner's handbook.
Engine: V8, 3185cc
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Body work: Coupe
Engine No.: F105C01435
Chassis No.: ZFFWA19C000065203
Wheels: Cast Alloy
Edit: just noticed this is a *past* auction