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First registered 16th November 1988, still on the red bordered tax free number plate F802 PUW . Collected on Saturday the 26th November 1988 from Maranello Concessionaires Ltd ,by its one and only owner ,a former Cathay Pacific captain. The car was actually part of the Hong Kong agents, Andrew Turner's 'Italian Motors' allocation. Reallocated and handled by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd, hence its immediate availability at a time when there was a four year wait in the UK with cars fetching up to £150,000 in the 'over's' market.. Maranello Concessionaires Ltd's invoice shows the base car costing £37,325.00.air conditioning £1,350.00,anti lock braking (ABS) £1,250 beige leather headlining and rear window surround £650.00 and £460.00 respectively colour coded rear aerofoil £225.00 ,export registration and delivery charges £450.00 bringing invoice number 2733 to a total of £41,710.00 excluding vat. The car was invoiced to a Hong Kong address for tax purposes although it never left the British shores, more accurately Horsham! After twelve months the owner decided that as the car was never going to go to Hong Kong he was liable to pay the relevant VAT and Car Tax and contacted the relevant government department namely Customs and Excise. They duly sent out a gentleman to inspect the car at his home in Horsham and after some tea and apparently lunch ,the reason why he wanted to pay the duty, when he could actually sell the car for a healthy profit, was raised by a slightly suspicious HMRC inspector. It was pointed out it was bought to keep and not to sell, even at a profit, after the visit it was decided that £6,816.50 vat was due and £3,438.34 car tax, totalling £10,254.84 which was paid on the 21st December 1989.
Maintenance was initially carried out by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd ,and subsequently by respected marque specialist MHT/ Bob Houghton of Gloucestershire. It was Bob Houghton who replaced the Hong Kong kph speedometer -still with the car -with the imperial item on the 5th July 2011 with 11,731 kms/7,331 miles.
The car has never been deliberately used in the wet ,and still retains the factory fresh look with the cadmium plating still correct.
The car is complete with factory original service book, hand books, leather wallet and both tool kits as well as past invoices and MOT certificates. There are also copies of the order and receipts from Italian Motors and correspondence with Maranello Sales, even an original sales brochure.
Pininfarina paid particular attention to styling details that influenced the car’s CD and aerodynamic lift characteristics – with impressive results. Cabin ergonomics were improved and the shape of the seats revised to better suit the sporty driving style this type of car deserved. On all versions, low profile tyres and 16″ alloy wheels were available as an option.
The 328 GTS model, together with the fixed roof 328 GTB, were the final developments of the normally aspirated transverse V8 engine 2 seat series. The 328 figures in the model title referred to the total cubic capacity of the engine, 3.2 litres, and 8 for the number of cylinders. The new model was introduced at the 1985 Frankfurt Salon alongside the Mondial 3.2 series.
Essentially the new model was a revised and updated version of the 308 GTS, which had survived for eight years without any radical change to the overall shape, albeit with various changes to the 3 litre engine.
The 328 model presented a softening of the wedge profile of its predecessor, with a redesigned nose that had a more rounded shape, which was complimented by similar treatment to the tail valance panel. The revised nose and tail sections featured body colour bumpers integral with the valance panels, which reflected the work done concurrently to present the Mondial 3.2 models, with which they also shared a similar radiator grille and front light assembly layout. Thus all the eight cylinder cars in the range shared fairly unified front and rear aspects, providing a homogeneous family image. The exhaust air louvres behind the retractable headlight pods on the 308 series disappeared, coupled with an increase in the size of the front lid radiator exhaust air louvre, which had been introduced on the 308 Quattrovalvole models, whilst a new style and position of exterior door catch was also provided.
The interior trim also had a thorough overhaul, with new designs for the seat panel upholstery and stitching, revised door panels and pulls, together with more modern switchgear, which complimented the external updating details. Optional equipment available was air conditioning, metallic paint, Pirelli P7 tyres, a leather dashboard, leather headlining to the removable roof panel plus rear window surround, and a rear aerofoil (standard on Japanese market models).
In the middle of 1988 ABS brakes were made available as an option, which necessitated a redesign of the suspension geometry to provide negative offset. This in turn meant that the road wheel design was changed to accommodate this feature. The original flat spoke “star” wheels became a convex design, in the style as fitted to the 3.2 Mondial models, whether ABS was fitted or not.
Chassis and Engine
The main European market 328 GTS models had a tubular chassis with a factory type reference F 106 MS 100. Disc brakes, with independent suspension via wishbones, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, were provided all round, with front and rear anti roll bars. There were various world market models, each having slight differences, with right and left hand drive available.
The V8 engine was essentially of the same design as that used in the 308 Quattrovalvole model, with an increase in capacity to 3185cc, with a bore and stroke of 83mm x 73mm, and a type reference number F 105 CB 000. The engine retained the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system of its predecessor, but was fitted with a Marelli MED 806 A electronic ignition system, to produce a claimed power output of 270bhp at 7000rpm. As with the preceding 308 models the engine was mounted in unit with the all synchromesh five speed transmission assembly, which was below, and to the rear of the engine’s sump.
The 328 GTS continued in production for four years, until replaced by the 348 ts model in the Autumn of 1989, during which time 6068 examples were produced in the chassis number range of 59301 to 83136, the GTS production outnumbering the GTB version almost five to one. The early part of the series was numbered in the Ferrari odd number road car chassis sequence, and later examples (post chassis number 75000) in the continuous number sequence.
Taken from Ferrari own website
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