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Sold for: £90,000
• Left-hand drive delivered new to Italy in 1990 and one of the 60 pre-production cars
• Just 2,500 km from new and Classiche certified
• Complete set of official Ferrari luggage, tools and jack and a full leather book pack
• Now UK-registered and recently main dealer serviced
• A best-of-breed example and one for the true collector
The Ferrari 348 Series marked a radical departure in the way Maranello constructed its cars, replacing as they did a chassis of traditional steel tubes with a much stiffer monocoque structure and a tubular rear subframe. Suspension remained independent, front and rear, with wishbones, springs, telescopic shocks, anti-roll bars and revised geometry. The ventilated disc brakes were much larger than those of its predecessor, the Ferrari 328, and used anti-lock technology. A midship-mounted V8 returned, but it was larger and more powerful displacing 3405cc, mounted longitudinally and mated to a transverse gearbox with the displacement accounting for the new car's Ferrari 348 designation. The suffix ‘TB’ was derived from the transverse gearbox and closed 'Berlinetta' body style. A higher compression ratio and updated fuel injection helped generate 300 horsepower, 30-40 more than the Ferrari 328, whilst a dry-sump oiling system gave the new Ferrari a lower centre of gravity. The 348 was 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.
This beautiful, left-hand drive, 348 TB was supplied new to Idropi SpA of Verona, Italy on the 1st February 1990 and is one of 60 pre-production cars that were released to Ferrari dealers. The only differences between this and subsequent production cars were that the battery is located in the rear of the car, not the front, the Prancing Horse is painted black as opposed to silver, and the underside of the bonnet is finished in red, whereas production cars were black. Finished in Rosso with a tan interior, this superb example has been used infrequently, as reflected in its incredibly low mileage. During its life, the previous owner was a member of the prestigious Automotoclub Storico Italiano, a well-respected car club in Italy. In September 2014, when the mileage was recorded at 2,490km, the car was sent to Toni Auto of Maranello to be serviced.
In 2015, the previous owner sent the car back again to the aforementioned specialist for a full engine recommission and it was removed, dismantled, machined and cleaned before being reassembled and put back in the car. Photographs of this work and the €8,000 invoice are contained within the history file. 'Ferrari Classiche' has been prepared by Toni Auto of Maranello at a cost of €2,580 as shown by the invoice and certificate in the history file.
This superb 348 TB is supplied with a complete set of official Ferrari luggage, tools and jack and a full leather book pack containing all the relevant literature. It has been privately owned by our vendor for the past couple of years as part of his significant private collection and during his ownership he has UK registered the 348 and sent it to H.R. Owen for a service with the bill on file. Presented in exceptional condition, this car is a rare opportunity to own a 2,500km from new 348 TB - a model that is now getting the attention that it richly deserves. This car ticks all the boxes and wouldn't look out of place in any car collection.