1980 Ferrari Mondial 8 Coupé Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. ZFFLD14B000046213
'Ferraris have always been exciting beautiful and exclusive. Blend those attributes with the charisma of virtually unequalled racing success and it's no wonder that the name Ferrari has spread throughout the world as the pinnacle of motoring pleasure. The Ferrari Mondial carries much of that pedigree while at the same time offering an everyday practicality unmatched by most exotic cars.' - Exotic Cars 1.
Introduced at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show, the Mondial 8 was Ferrari's first effort at building a car suitable for markets throughout the world. A mid-engined coupé, the Mondial 8 deployed the 308 GT4's 3.0-litre quad-cam V8 engine in a lengthened version of the latter's chassis. Transmission and running gear remained much the same, with five-speed transaxle and independent suspension all round. Although reckoned by some to be less sporting than other Ferraris, the Mondial was still good for 140mph-plus and its ride quality and comfort scored over long distances. Considerably roomier than previous Ferrari 2+2s, the Pininfarina-styled Mondial has been described by Car magazine as, 'the closest you'll get to supercar family transport.' Developments included a proper (non-Targa) Cabriolet, the introduction of a more-powerful 'Qv' (quattro-valvole: four valves per cylinder) engine in 1982 and enlargement to 3.2 litres for 1985. But Ferrari had not finished with the Mondial just yet. For 1989 the V8 engine was increased in capacity once again - this time to 3.4 litres - and, demonstrating that racing really does improve the breed, transmitted its 300bhp to the road via a trasversale (transverse) five-speed gearbox developed using experience of this transmission arrangement gained in Formula 1. The Mondial 't' featured two other Ferrari 'firsts': power-assisted rack and pinion steering and cockpit-adjustable ride quality control. Anti-lock brakes were another standard feature, as was air conditioning.
This left-hand drive Mondial was first registered in the Italian province of Padua and subsequently to a lady owner in Brescia. The last registered owner has owned the Ferrari since 1989. A manual transmission example finished in red with tan leather interior, the car is described as in generally good original condition and offered with Italian registration papers. Arguably the most practical and easy-to-live-with of all Ferraris.