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Initially ordered by Maranello Concessionaires/Ferrari UK ,and confirmed by the factory on the 24th May 1993, order number 1461 was for a metallic Black 901/C with Crema hide 3997 and Rosso carpets. This order was later amended by Maranello Concessionaires Allan Mapp, to Grey hide 3393 and Black carpets ,although it seems Ferrari seem to have forgotten to update their records, as it still shows with the original colour combination!
This is one of just 14 348 GTB's imported by Ferrari UK ,with at least one having been written off, this being the only Black example.
The car was completed and invoiced by the factory on the 13th December 1993.Two days later my colleague Mark Hawkins took an order for it ,from a Mr and Mrs Martins da Silva of Buckinghamshire.
Invoiced by Ferrari UK/Maranello Concessionaires Ltd to Maranello Sales Ltd on the 25th April 1994.The car was registered to Mrs Deborah Martins da Silva on the 23rd April 1994.
The then list price was £78,999.95 plus delivery charges, number plates and road tax and included a two year warranty.
Twelve months later the car was purchased by the second owner Mr Basil Mavros of Hertfordshire, on the 26th April 1995 with some 3,000 miles. Six months later it was purchased by Mr John Lloyds of Gloucestershire on the 8th October 1995 now with just over 4,000 miles. Mr Lloyds kept the car for two and half years when it was purchased, on the 10th April1 1998 with 6,500 miles by Mr Jonathan Kemp of South London. Once again two years later it was purchased ,with 11,000 miles by Dr David Milne of Scotland on the 7th July 2000.Dr Milne plainly enjoyed the car, doubling the mileage to 22,195 miles in the three and bit years he owned it ,when it passed into the ownership of Mr William Reid, also of Scotland, on the 15th November 2003.
Mr Reid added some 3,000 miles before selling it to Ferrari specialist ,Nick Cartwright of Derbyshire who went on to sell it to Mr Syeed Ali of Essex on the 23rd June 2005 with 25,193 miles for £35,000 ,who initially registered it to his brother ,then to himself on the 1st December 2006,thus making him technically the eighth and penultimate owner.
During Mr Ali's ownership a large file of invoices was acquired with particular attention paid to the vehicles geometry and set up ,fitting 355 seats and wheels .Mr Ali ,was a very enthusiastic owner, replacing the 348 with a 360 , and was well known on Ferrari forums with his car
The last owner from Yorkshire bought it from a Ferrari specialist on the 24th January 2017 with 53,000 miles part exchanging his 348 TS and joining a 328 GTS, which I had supplied in November 2006.This owner has returned the car to "standard" save for having had the seats re-
trimmed in Black rather than Grey hide.
The car is complete with a factory original service book, as well as a continuation book, handbooks wallet and tools.
Modified from the 348 TB, the 348 GTB was a two-seater berlinetta with dynamic performance characteristics worthy of the marque’s highest traditions. Its sports orientation was best expressed on the track, as proven by the 348 Challenge, which saw this car race on circuits in Europe and the US. Its styling was harmonious and aerodynamically efficient, and the mid-mounted V8 engine ensured perfect weight distribution and class-beating power.
This was a two-seater berlinetta with all of the characteristics drivers had come to expect from Maranello. Although extremely versatile to drive, the 348 GTB really only came into its own on the track thanks to its extreme sportiness, a fact demonstrated amply in the 348 Challenge in Europe and the USA. It was styled by Pininfarina.
The 348 GTB had superbly balanced, efficient lines that took a strong lead from the classic Ferrari styling cues, and sported a steel and aluminium body. It was a particularly beautiful car too, thanks to intensive work carried out in the wind tunnel to refine its aerodynamic shape. Its interior volumes and driver position were designed for maximum comfort given its sporty set-up, while the seats and trim were a plush Connolly leather.
The 348 GTB had a steel monocoque with differentiated tubular elements and a tubular rear sub-frame for the engine-suspension assembly. The suspension was independent unequal-length wishbones front and rear. It had coil springs over gas-filled telescopic dampers, and stabiliser bars. The steering was rack and pinion. The car also had self-venting disc brakes with ATE antiskid.
The mid-rear 3405 cc 90° V8 engine was mounted longitudinally and punched out 320 hp. It had twin overhead cams with four valves per cylinder and a Bosch M 2.7 control unit. The 348 GTB also had dry sump lubrication, a five-speed plus reverse transverse gearbox in unit with the self-locking differential, and a single-plate dry clutch.
Taken from Ferrari's own website
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