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Ordered new -C/047- by former Maranello Concessionaires sales director and racing driver Mike Salmon, for his Jersey based Ferrari dealership Melbourne Garages, and initially ordered in Rosso Corsa with beige hide on the 26th November 1985.The order ,by now changed to Argento metallic 101/C with Rosso hide 3171 ,Rosso carpets -the only UK car supplied in this colour combination, and the colour combination featured in the brochure and on the launch car-as well as an electric sunroof, was acknowledged by the Ferrari factory . The car was completed and invoiced to Maranello Concessionaires Ltd on the 27th January 1986 for delivery to the UK by truck . Upon arrival in the UK it had the pre delivery inspection by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd, before being invoiced to Melbourne Garages Ltd on the 7th February 1986.The car was registered J4588 to the late Mr Mervyn Frankel of Jersey in the Channel Islands ,on the 10th February 1986.Mr Frankel was a chartered accountant as well as a great Bentley authority and wrote at least one book on the marque. The then UK list price (01-10-85)being £35,500.23 plus delivery charges and number plates. The factory electric sunroof adding £822.25.Mr Frankel was a long time Ferrari owner -including a 500 Superfast we believe -owned the car for approximately three years when it was replaced by a Mondial 3.4t..
The car came to the UK mainland and was first registered C132 WRY, on the 19th July 1989 to Mr John Birtwell of Lancashire bought the car with some 24,000 miles from the Ferrari agents Graypaul. By October 1991 the car had covered 27,792 miles, when it was serviced by Graypaul. Mr Birtwell sold the car to Stratstone, possibly for in exchange for a cabriolet, and has confirmed to us that the car "gave no problems". In September 1994 he bought one of the first 355 Berlinetta's from Stratstone.
Purchased by Mr Simon Darley of Yorkshire on the on the 3rd June 1992 with 30,200 miles from the then Ferrari agents, Strattons(Wilmslow)Ltd for £29,000. Just under four years later it was registered to 47 year old Mr Terry Hodgkinsons company, Magna Holdings Ltd of West Yorkshire on the 23rd September 1996,using John Pogson's Italia Autosport for maintenance. Mr Richard Ellis of West Yorkshire was the next owner from around 1998.
The sixth UK mainland and penultimate owner company directory, Mr Michael Thomas of The Midlands ,became the registered owner on the 21st October 2010 with 55,050 miles, buying the car from specialist JDT Motors in Cheshire. Midland Ferrari specialists MDL Specialist Cars maintained the car whilst in Mr Thomas's ownership. The car was reluctantly sold as his two 17 year twins could no longer comfortably sit in the back. The car was part exchanged with a dealer in Surrey for a Rolls Royce Corniche, apparently not a good move!.
The last owner ,a 47 year old company director from Middlesex became the last owner on the 26th August 2014 with 57,100 miles, having seen the car on the way to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for sale with a garage .The car was replaced by a Ferrari 348 GTB.
The car is complete with all of its original handbooks, leather wallet, and factory service book. Sixteen services plus numerous additional invoices substantiate the maintenance history and mileage. With only 91 cars originally imported to the U.K ,and the only example finished in silver grey. It also replicates the original factory launch colour scheme for the Mondial 3.2 couple
The new 3.2 version of the Mondial offered a more powerful and flexible V8 that significantly improved the car’s performance. New, more efficient and elegant light clusters, a more ergonomic interior and better fit and finish completed the profile of this 2+2. It was comfortable and spacious, and offered excellent visibility for a car in its category.
The Mondial 3.2 model succeeded the Mondial Quattrovalvole, and was available in both coupe and cabriolet form, being announced concurrently with the 328 series of 2 seat models at the 1985 Frankfurt Salon. The 3.2 in the model title referred purely to the cubic capacity of the engine in litres. When necessary, the 3.2 could turn in the kind of dynamic performance expected of a thoroughbred Ferrari.
This model saw the first change in the body styling, with revised front and rear ends incorporating smooth body colour bumper assemblies, and a radiator grille with front light and radiator grille assemblies that mirrored those of the 328 cousin. These revisions had the effect of producing a more instantly recognisable homogeneous range of eight cylinder models in the Ferrari catalogue.
The body shape remained otherwise unaltered from its predecessor, although once again the interior detailing was revamped, the most noticeable being angled top corners to the instrument nacelle.
A leather dashboard and/or headlining was available as an option.
The five spoke road wheel pattern changed from a flat spoke design to a convex spoke layout to accommodate negative offset suspension geometry for the optional ABS braking system, which would eventually become standard equipment. This resulted in an increase of 25mm and 50mm respectively, in the front and rear track.
Engine and Chassis
The main European market Mondial 3.2 coupé models had a tubular chassis with factory type reference F 108 CL 100, which featured a bolted rear sub-frame section, so that the complete engine, transmission and rear suspension assembly could be removed as a single unit, for ease of maintenance.
The V8 engine of the Mondial 3.2 was basically the same design as that used in the Mondial Quattrovalvole model, but fitted with Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection and Marelli MED 806A Microplex electronic ignition to produce a claimed 270bhp at 7000rpm for main European market models, and 260bhp for US market models. It was of a 90 degree configuration, with belt driven twin overhead camshafts per bank, having a total capacity of 3185cc, with a bore and stroke of 83mm x 73mm, bearing factory type reference F 105 C 000 for European market cars.
The engine was transversely mounted in unit with the all synchromesh five speed transmission assembly, which was below, and to the rear of the engine’s wet sump.
As with the concurrent 2 seater models right and left hand drive was available, together with various world market specification models.
From chassis number 75000, odd and even numbers were used for the road production cars, and Mondial 3.2 model production spanned this figure thus they have odd numbers up to this figure, and odd and even above it.
The model was produced in a total of 987 units from 1985 to 1989, in the chassis number range 58277 to 79671.
Taken from Ferraris own website
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