1987 Ferrari 328
Year of manufacture1987
Only 6,000 miles from new
1987 Ferrari 328 GTS
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Registration no. D1 AFT
Chassis no. ZFFWA2C000069231
Representing the second generation of Ferrari's V8-engined road cars, the entirely new 308 GTB debuted at the Paris Salon in 1975. This particular model line had begun in 1973 with the Dino-badged 308 GT4 2+2, which took over from the preceding V6-engined Dino 246 GT. The newcomer's wedge-shaped styling - by Bertone rather than the customary Pininfarina - was not universally well received but the performance of the amidships-mounted, double-overhead-camshaft 3.0-litre V8 certainly was, and a dry-sump version of the same power unit was used for the 308 GT4's two-seat successor. Built on a shorter wheelbase, the stunningly beautiful 308 GTB marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling. Further developments included the introduction in 1977 of an open-top GTS version with Targa-style removable roof, the adoption of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection (1980) and, finally, revised cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder (1982).
In 1985, the 308 was superseded by the mechanically similar but larger engined 328 GTB. By increasing both bore and stroke, the quattrovalvole engine's capacity was raised to 3,186cc which, together with a higher compression ratio, revised pistons, and an improved Marelli engine management system, lifted maximum power to 270bhp at 7,000rpm. Top speed was raised to within a whisker of 160mph (258km/h) with the sprint to 60mph covered in 5.5 seconds. On the outside, the elegant simplicity of Pininfarina's original 308 had been diluted somewhat by the addition of Testarossa-style moulded bumpers incorporating both sidelights and indicators, deeper rear valance and an unobtrusive roof spoiler. Its underlying beauty though, could not be disguised. 'If the sublime purity of the original shape has been corrupted, its striking appearance has not,' declared Motor magazine. 'In our book, this is still the most beautiful of all contemporary exotics - a gorgeous looking car.'
Beneath the skin the tubular steel chassis remained much as before, with all-round independent suspension by double wishbones, four-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes and aluminium-alloy wheels, though the latter were increased in size. The interior too had come in for subtle revision and now featured improved instruments, switch gear, and heating. The 328 GTB/GTS continued in production until 1989, by which time almost 22,000 308/328s of all types had been sold, making the model the most commercially successful Ferrari of all time.
Chassis number '69231' was first registered in Jersey on 9th March 1987 and is one of only 292 right-hand drive examples supplied to the UK. Finished in blue with white leather interior, the car has covered only some 6,000 miles from new and is described by the private vendor as 'Condition 1'. The last service (by Foskers) included a cam belt change and was carried out at 5,904 miles. Offered with four expired MoTs, a V5C document, and MoT to August 2020, this beautiful 328 GTS represents a rare opportunity to acquire a low-mileage example of this iconic Ferrari.