Arizona | Lot 141
1988 Ferrari 328 GTS
$99,000 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
28 January 2016
- Approximately 10,250 miles from new
- Particularly desirable in open spider form
- Recent service by Autosport Designs
- Complete tool kit and owner’s manuals
- Retains its original engine
270 bhp, 3,185 cc DOHC transverse-mounted V-8 engine, five-speed manual transaxle, independent front and rear suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar, and telescopic dampers, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.5 in.
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.
Over time, Ferrari’s engineers were able to gradually improve the 308 platform without losing the original car’s character, and they eventually introduced the improved 328. Externally, the 328 exhibited several subtle differences from its predecessors, including molded bumpers, a slightly smaller front grille, and a roof spoiler. Pininfarina’s designers also smoothed out the body contours to make it appear more organic overall. The interior was addressed as well; new, more supportive seats were fitted, and ergonomics were refined.
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.
Surely one of the lowest mileage examples available, this particular open-top 1988 328 GTS has just under 10,250 miles on its odometer from new. Finished in Rosso Corsa with an unusual and attractive brown leather interior and carpeting, the car presents as one would expect for such a low-mileage example. The car received its last major service in September 2011 at Continental Auto Sports of Hinsdale, Illinois, and has been driven very sparingly since. More recently, the car has been serviced and maintained by Autosport Designs of Huntington Station, New York, and is reported to be ready to drive and enjoy in every way. Furthermore, it is accompanied by a complete tool kit, its owner’s manuals, and a file of previous service documentation confirming its mileage.
In terms of an “entry level” Ferrari, it is difficult for one to do better than a 328. With a reputation for being well built, reliable, relatively affordable, and easy to maintain, it is no wonder why the model has such a passionate following. With approximately 10,000 miles from new, this example is unmolested and immaculate; it would be difficult to find a similar example to that which is available today.