"Perhaps one of the most recognisable designs ever penned for Ferrari by Pininfarina is that of the 308. The 308 was much different from Ferrari’s first two-seat, mid-engined road car, the 246 Dino, as its design was angular, sharp and more forward thinking. Nevertheless, the 308 was an instant hit and it came to define late ’70s and early ’80s sports cars. As successful as the 308 was, Ferrari’s engineers found ways to refine its design and mechanics without losing the flair that defined it. What emerged was a car that was improved in every aspect; a car that could stand tall amongst its siblings; that car was the 328. It exhibited several subtle differences from its predecessor, including moulded bumpers, a slightly smaller front grill and a roof spoiler. Pininfarina’s designers also smoothed out the shape of the body to make it appear slightly less aggressive overall. Inside, Ferrari introduced new and more supportive seats and refined ergonomics with improved general quality to make the car’s driving experience more intuitive. Mechanically, overall capacity was raised to 3186cc through increasing the bore and stroke which helped to bring maximum horsepower to 270 at 7000rpm. It could also reach a top speed of 160mph and travel from 0–60 in a brisk 5.5 seconds.
This stunning Ferrari was originally supplied by H.R.Owen on 1st January 1989 and has covered a mere 2,181 miles since. Finished in Ferrari’s traditional colour combination of Rossa Corsa and Crema interior, this 328GTS has had the targa panel painted, thus at first glance giving the appearance of being a Berlinetta. Having only been serviced periodically due to the car being professionally stored, any purchaser is recommended to have the car serviced and cambelts changed, the last being carried out by marque specialist DK Engineering in April 2014 at 2,135 miles. Supplied with a V5C registration document, the original service books and leather folder and spare keys, this right hand drive Ferrari 328 GTS not only looks like new, when you open the door it even smells new.
Photos courtesy of Luke Papworth from Hampshire photography