September Sale 2018

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1991 Ferrari 348TS Manual

Lot No.: 312

Registration: H369 HKJ
Chassis Number: ZFFKA36C000088350
Engine Number: 25490
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 3405
Year of Manufacture: 1991
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 43,875
  • UK Supplied RHD presented in the classic Ferrari colour combination
  • Recent Service, MoT and Cam Belt replacement 
  • Current indicated mileage is 39,800. Comprehensive history file. 
  • Complete with the original leather wallet containing Service Book & Instruction Manuals
  • An emerging classic offered at an attractive guide price 

 

First seen in prototype form in 1987, the Ferrari 348 entered production in 1989, replacing the popular and successful 328GTB/GTS. It was to be the last design under the supervision of legendary chief stylist Leonardo Fioravanti, and a lot of the styling cues came from the Testarossa, particularly the side strakes, however, its forms were softer than those of the 328 but still curvaceous, and with a longer wheelbase and wider track the interior had a bit more space. Although mid-engined, as was its predecessor, the 348 differed by mounting its four-valves-per-cylinder, quad-cam V8 3.4-litre engine longitudinally, enabling it to be positioned lower in the chassis. A further development was the introduction of a transversely mounted five-speed gearbox using innovative technology derived from the company's Formula 1 program. This meant that the transmission was mounted deeper in the chassis and consequently lowered the centre of gravity which has a beneficial effect on handling and road holding. Initially typed 'TB' and 'TS (Transversale Berlinetta and Transversale Spider) the 348 reverted to Ferrari's traditional nomenclature partway through production. With its aerodynamic skirts, spoilers, a wheel at each corner, and distinctive gill slots feeding air to side-mounted radiators, the stocky 348 looked very much like a scaled-down Testarossa and, with around 300bhp on tap and a top speed of 170mph, gave little away in terms of outright performance to its larger, 12-cylinder sibling. 

This particular 348ts is a UK, right-hand drive, manual gearbox car finished in the classic Ferrari colour combination of Rosso Corsa with Crema leather complemented by Rosso carpets, and was initially supplied by JCT 600 of Bradford. Presented in truly stunning condition and looking showroom fresh, this is one of the best 348 Targa we have seen. 

It has patently been meticulously maintained and enthusiastically cared for since being delivered to its first custodian on 11th March 1991. The accompanying original service book lists the attention from the first 1,000-mile service in April 1991 right up to the most recent service and cambelt change which was completed in September 2018.  Additionally, this fantastic 348ts is also accompanied by a comprehensive history file containing previous MoTs and scheduled maintenance invoices demonstrating the many thousands of pounds that have been spent on this car during its cosseted life including a new clutch and replacement flywheel at 37,000 miles.

In addition to the ‘showroom new’ paint finish, it has benefited from the roof being colour coded (usually finished matt black) in Rosso Corsa providing a cleaner, more modern look.

The odometer currently indicates 39,800 miles and the car is being offered freshly serviced, with new cambelts and a shiny new MoT.

Undoubtedly this 348ts is an emerging classic and represents an ideal investment opportunity when presented in such fantastic condition and at such an attractive price guide.