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Ferrari 328: Buying guide and review (1985-1989)

Ferrari 328: Buying guide and review (1985-1989) Classic and Performance Car
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Despite it being a substantially new car when it was launched in 1985, the Ferrari 328 looked like a very familiar product. As a replacement for hugely successful 308, Ferrari wanted to minimise the possibility of putting buyers off its biggest-seller. 
 
Pininfarina was entrusted to modernise the basic design, and made significant though subtle changes to update the looks, paying close attention to improving aerodynamic efficiency. The 328 might have looked superficially similar but many of the older car’s sharp edges were smoothed off, giving the appearance of a longer, lower design. In fact, the 328 was almost half an inch taller. 
 
In a decade where performance across all market sectors took a massive leap forward, and the average family car was now capable of 125mph, maintaining the junior Ferrari’s lead was more important than ever. The answer was to give the V8 more power, and the way to do it was to enlarge it to 3185cc by boring and stroking to 83x73.6mm.
 
Like its predecessor, the 328 retained a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system, but it was improved through the fitment of a Marelli MED 806A electronic ignition system, resulting in improved long-term reliability. The upshot was a maximum power output of 270bhp at 7000rpm and, more importantly, 224lb ft at 5500rpm. 
 
When it was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1985, the 328 GTB/GTS met with a positive reception from the press and public. After the previous year’s Testarossa, it was a clear indicator that Ferrari  was keeping faith with the classically beautiful Fioravanti shape, even if it lacked the visual drama of its new big brother. 
 
On the road, that additional power and torque immediately made itself evident, translating into serious thrust. That all-important 0-60mph dash now took a mere 6 seconds, helped by the shorter first gear ratio, and the top speed was 163mph – recalling the glory days of the original GTB’s launch, when it outdragged the opposition. 
 
To ensure the driver could exploit it all, the 328’s all-independent suspension was further honed to further improve handling – but ride, too, Uprated Koni dampers did their bit, but more importantly, the modernisation of the wheel and tyre package transformed the handling. The 328 ditched the 308QV’s oddly-sized Michelin TRXs, settling for lower profile Goodyear NCTs in 205/55VR 16 (front) and 225/50VR 16 (rear) sizes. It was here, probably more than anywhere else, where the biggest advance was made. 
 
Which one to buy?
 
As with the 308 there were two body styles available fron the factory, the GTB coupe and the targa-roofed GTS. Buyers were far more tempted to go for the open-air GTS, with 6068 units built, versus the 1344 for the Berlinetta. The biggest differences in spec between the two models is that the GTB featured dry sump lubrication, whereas the GTS made do with a more conventional wet sump. This was also standard spec on all cars sold in the US.
 
The Italian-only GTB and GTS turbo models were built in limited numbers to bypass strict engine capacity-based tax laws. Featuring a 2.0-litre turbo engine, which produces 254bhp, these cars are very rare and not easy to find today. They can be identified by the slightly different engine cover, and additional boost gauge in the instrument panel.
 
ABS was offered as an option from 1988 onwards, necessitating a change in the wheel design to accommodate this new setup. With 496 right-hand drive cars produced in total, choice is limited, so do not get too hung up about which side the steering wheel is on.
 
The 328 is a surprisingly solidly-built and reliable car, benefitting from years of development, starting with the 308 and GT4 before it. As long as you pick a healthy example, and service it regularly, you should have a fairly trouble-free ownership experience.
 
Performance and specs
 
Ferrari 328 GTB
Engine 3185cc, 32 valve DOHC V8
Power 270bhp @ 7000rpm 
Torque 231lb ft @ 5500rpm
Top speed 166mph 
0-60mph 5.5 seconds 
Fuel consumption 20mpg 
Gearbox Five-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Ferrari 328 GTB
Wheelbase 2350mm
Length 4255mm
Width 1730mm
Height 1128mm
Weight 1263kg
 
Common problems
 
• Parts are mostly available from Ferrari, but do come at a cost, so finding a good car that needs minimal restoration is the most cost effective proposition. There are a number of Ferrari specialists who know these cars very well and it is worth getting in touch with one to get your car checked over before buying.
 
• Engines are very strong, and can stand up to hard driving all day long if they are well maintained. Cam cover gaskets and cam seals are weak spots for oil leaks. Timing belts need to be changed quite regularly, but the engine doesn’t need to be removed.
 
• The transmission is also tough. Watch out for the car jumping out of first or reverse, indicating a worn out gearbox. Clutches should last around 30,000miles, although expect much less if the car is driven hard.
 
• Rust is much less of an issue on the 328s thanks to the galvanised shell. You should still look out for the common problem areas, which include the front wings, lower door seals and where the bumpers are bolted to the bodywork. Badly repaired accident damage may also result in rust bubbling up on the body panels. 
 
• Evidence of frontal damage can be check by inspecting the box section frame for creases between the pop up lights and the floor. 
 
Model history
 
1985: Comprehensively redesigned Ferrari 328 replaces 308. Changes include new exterior and dashboard interior styling and 270bhp, 3.2-litre V8. Chassis now fully galvanised
1988: ABS made available as option. Wheels changed to convex design to accommodate the system.
1989: Production comes to an end with 7412 328s built
 
Production numbers
 
Ferrari 328 GTS: 6068
Ferrari 328 GTB: 1344
Ferrari 328 GTB Turbo: 308 (Italian market only)
Ferrari 328 GTS Turbo: 828 (Italian market only)

Total built: 7412 
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.ferrariparts.co.uk - Maranello Classic Parts, specialists in Ferrari spares
• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk - UK-based Ferrari owners club and forum
 
Summary and prices
 
As the values of these cars are so closely linked to their condition and mileage, a fully documented service history with verifiable maintenance documentation is essential. A service history filled with specialist stamps is certainly a good sign. 
 
After a period of stagnancy, prices have been rising steadily for the past few years, meaning you will struggle to find a bargain. Gone are the days of sub-£20,000 deals, and you will now have to pay closer to £50,000 for a good one, and well over £120,000 for a pampered low-mile car. This does mean that cars are generally well looked after and you rarely find a ratty example for sale. 
 
In the end, the 328GTB and GTS was the final flowering of the line that falteringly began with the GT4, back in 1973. Although that car promised much, the unpalatable styling hampered its appeal. Once the Fioravanti styled model hit the market, there was no stopping Ferrari’s junior supercar. The 328 continued in production for four years, and in the boom years of Thatcher’s decade, it proved consistently popular right through until its replacement in the autumn of 1989.
 
Some 6068 examples were built, and the later cars proved the most dynamically complete and reliable of all. Tellingly, when it came for replacement, the 348tb and ts continued where the 328 left off, while the slow selling four seat family, kicked off with the GT4 and maintained by the Mondial, ended here.
 
And the Modenese design and engineering teams succeeded in their aims in replacing the 206/246 in style, even if it took customers years to appreciate the fact. Since then, the 308 became the definitive first Ferrari for so many, it has finally emerged from the shadow of the original Dino.
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Last updated: 19th May 2016
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  • FERRARI 328 Ferrari 328 3.2 GTS 2dr

    £59,995 £59,995

    Type: Used Year: 1986 Make: FERRARI Model: 328 Trim: Ferrari 328 3.2 GTS 2dr Body: Coupe Trans: Manual Mileage: 46953 Engine Size: Ext Color: Red Rosso Corsa

    • Mileage: 46953 mi
    For sale
    £59,995 £59,995
    Kahn Automobiles
    01270869747 View contact number
  • 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS

    $76,500(£0) $76,500(£0)

    1987 Ferrari 328 GTS VIN ZFFXA20A8H0071993, engine no. ZFFXA20A8H0071993 Silver with Tan Leather The all-new Pininfarina designed Ferrari 308 debuted to an eager public at the 1975 Paris Auto Show. It’s an understatement to say these were challenging times in the auto industry, so one can imagine spectators’ delight witnessing this all-new sports car given the uninspiring vehicles then proliferating in the automotive landscape. Thankfully Ferrari offered a refreshing option. Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti, having already designed many of Ferrari's most celebrated cars including the Daytona, the Dino, and Berlinetta Boxer captured a taut new energy with the 308. Replacing the 246, the 308 was dramatic and modern, eventually becoming an icon of television shows and movies, while shaping public opinion about what a sports car should look and feel like. Although the initial design was limited to a fixed roof configuration, the GTS arrived in 1977, featuring a removable satin black roof panel, which could be stowed in a vinyl cover behind the seats when not in use, like the 246 GTS which preceded it. After more than a decade, the 328 GTB and GTS (Gran Turismo Spider) replaced

    • Year: 1987
    • Mileage: 44070 mi
    For sale
    $76,500(£0) $76,500(£0)
  • Ferrari 328 GTS 1989

    €129,950(£0) €129,950(£0)

    Originally European delivered 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS. Fully original. The car has only driven 35.400 Kms. This Ferrari has paint in the colour Rosso Corsa with a black interior. Full maintenance history is known and the car has been always been Ferrari Dealer maintained. Car has Belgian title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1989
    For sale
    €129,950(£0) €129,950(£0)
  • 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS

    £119,995 £119,995

    04/03/1991 @ 1277 MILES BY MARANELLO 14/10/1993 @ 6220 MILES BY MARANELLO 08/07/1996 @ 11725 MILES BY VERDI FERRARI 25/07/1998 @ 18200 MILES BY VERDI FERRARI INC CAM BELTS 25/08/2000 @ 21548 MILES BY SHILTECH INC CAM BELTS 27/01/2003 @ 23,454 MILES BY NICK CARTWRIGHT INC CAM BELTS SORN AND IN PROFESSIONAL CARCOON STORAGE 2005-2009 09/07/2009 @ 26234 MILES BY SHILTEC INC CAM BELTS ISLE OF MAN 2009-2014 20/07/2010 @ 27411 MILES BY SCP IOM 09/09/2013 @ 28646 MILES BY A PERFORMANCE INC CAM BELTS 02/04/2014 @ 28824 MILES BY A E PERFORMANCE 06/03/2015 @ 29175 MILES BY NICK CARTWRIGHT 28/06/2016 @ 29253 MILES BY PRE DELIVERY SERVICE

    For sale
    £119,995 £119,995
  • Ferrari 328 GTS

    £69,995 £69,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: 328 GTS First Registered: 06/11/1986 (D) Mileage: 63,580 Miles Previous Owners: Engine: 3.2 Ltr Transmission: Manual Paint Colour: Nero Trim Colour: Crema Leather Carpet Colour: Nero Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: September 2018 TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1986
    • Mileage: 63580 mi
    For sale
    £69,995 £69,995
  • 1989 Ferrari 328 GTB

    $119,800(£0) $119,800(£0)

    1989 Ferrari 328 GTB, S/N ZFFXA19A6K0081569, Prugna with crema, 3.2 litre V8 engine, 5 speed gear box, USA example with power windows, air conditioning, ABS, delivered new August 11, 1989 by Cavallino Classics of Scottsdale, Arizona to the first and only owner Mr. Vern Zimmerman, believed to be the only 1989 328 GTB ever produced in Prugna, complete with original owner’s manuals and pouch, tool roll and jack, original dealer invoice and original window sticker, built in May of the final year of 328 production and one of fewer than 40 USA 1989 328 GTB produced. Comprehensive major servicing to all systems by Ferrari specialist Boston Sportscar. This Prugna GTB has been used regularly and enthusiastically in the Southwest USA and as such has stone chipping on the nose collected during Mr. Zimmerman’s spirited driving. While not concours, this GTB is dialed in for both the collector and driver and presents a rare opportunity to purchase a one owner last year of production 328 GTB.

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 44450 mi
    For sale
    $119,800(£0) $119,800(£0)
  • Ferrari 328

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    Ferrari 328 GTS: Yesterday's entrepreneurial wishes become the dream of today's collectors / investors. The sign 328 referred to the displacement, or 3.2, and the number "8" symbolized the cylinders. GTS ... GREAT TOURISM SPIDER ... There were 6068 Ferrari 328 GTS produced and it is the last car of the two-seater series with a transversal suction motor V8. It was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti for Pininfarina, at the time he became CEO of the new company Pinifarina Studi and Ricerche SpA. In this important role he managed the projects of the F40 and the 328 (which, like the 288 GTO, were all daughters of the 308 GTB prolific The presentation dates back to 1985 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.The Ferrari 328 GTS is a true piece of the story of our "rampant pony" with a declared power of 270 horsepower at 7,000 rpm The Ferrari 328 is a car known and appreciated for reliability, unmanageable maintenance costs and incredibly low fuel consumption. For this reason, it is always required by fans of classic sports cars. Sold by the Motor Service of Modena, this 328 GTS in 1987, is 30 years old On October 8, 2017, with all the facilities provided for these cars, registered ASI but above all certificated "Ferrari Classiche", certification of authenticity which is issued directly by the Ferrari SPA after seeing the car and all the documentation envisaged. Equipped with original Modena plates (an extra plus that is not found every day) is equipped with its use and maintenance booklet, a copy of the bills of the most important maintenance done from 2007 to today, double keys and dual remote controls, working, the precious MED anti-theft and dual security. Of course, she had full tools. Equipped with a car radio with electric chromed antenna, the car traveled an average of 4000 km per year for the first 20 years and less than 8,000 km in total over the past 10 years (currently at 87324), a journey that distinguishes it from health and functionality of the vehicle, including air conditioning, an element that today means comfort and quality of travel. Just polished manually, it still offers the original perfume inside. To highlight brightness inside has just been fitted with new luxury carpet carpet rugs like the outside bodywork. It will be delivered with its specially made red carpet cover, red with the rampant pony.

    • Year: 1987
    • Mileage: 43500 mi
    • Engine size: 3.2
    For sale
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    Carlo Carugati
    3388890387 View contact number
    Carlo Carugati
    3388890387 View contact number
  • Ferrari 328 GTS ABS

    £94,995 £94,995

    1988 Ferrari 328 GTS ABS. Presented in Rosso Corsa with Magnolia leather and Bordeaux carpets. Complete with the original leather wallet, book pack and jack kit. This car is also complimented by a colour coded aerofoil, vinyl roof panel and a sports exhaust. Known to The Ferrari Centre since 2004 where it was supplied by ourselves to the current keeper. A first class, low mileage example in the ultimate colour combination.

    • Year: 1988
    • Mileage: 13090 mi
    For sale
    £94,995 £94,995
  • Ferrari 328 GTB

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    to the vehicle overview Ferrari 328 GTB Year 1989 Colour Grigio Leather Nero PS 270 Hubraum 3.164 ccm Kilometerstand 62.861 Delivered new in Germany through Ferrari Berlin Service book Full known history Ferrari classiche price 99.500,- Get in contact

    • Year: 1989
    For sale
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    Movendi
    0049 211 7888 016 View contact number
    Movendi
    0049 211 7888 016 View contact number
  • Ferrari 328 GTS -One owner/8,000 miles Ferrari

    £129,990 £129,990

    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 releva

    • Year: 1988
    • Mileage: 8000 mi
    For sale
    £129,990 £129,990
  • Ferrari 328

    £109,950 £109,950

    Variant: GTS The styling of the Ferrari 328 GTS and GTB is an obvious evolution of the 308 series. Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti softened his previous design, so that it remained a popular choice with the Ferrari aficionados as soon as it was revealed to the world at the 1985 Frankfurt motor show. Under the engine cover is the same transversely-mounted, fuel-injected V8 engine from the Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole, with an increase in displacement to 3.2 litres. Performance, handling and road holding are a big step on from its predecessor, although it retains all the benefits of the Ferrari 308’s independent suspension and five-speed manual gearbox. Another significant difference over the Ferrari 308 is the use of galvanized steel, which greatly reduces rust problems compared to its forebear. In 1988, ABS became available on the Ferrari 328 series, and these later cars have a redesigned convex five-spoke alloy wheel to accommodate the system. While the 328 GTS was a runaway commercial success for Ferrari, the number of RHD cars built was less than 10% of the production run. This Ferrari 328 GTS is one of just 292 right-hand-drive GTS models with ABS. It is presented in the most famous and popular Ferrari red (Rosso Corsa) with cream (Crema) hide and dark red carpets and has the factory option of having the roof panel and rear shelf components fully trimmed in Creama leather. The car retains its original owner’s pouch, which includes the stamped service book and handbook. Presented with 20,000 miles from new, this 328 GTS is now ready to drive and enjoy. For more information about this Ferrari 328 GTS for sale in Kent, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01474 874555 or 07921 430430.

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 20100 mi
    • Engine size: 3.2
    For sale
    £109,950 £109,950
  • Ferrari 328 GTS Red '86

    €100,000(£0) €100,000(£0)

    Lowered price from €125.000 -> €100.000 The Ferrari 328 GTB and GTS was the successor to the Ferrari 308 GTB and GTS. While largely based on the 308 GTB and GTS respectively, small modifications were made to the body style and engine, including an increase in engine displacement to 3.2 L (3185 cc). 7,400 Ferrari 328s were produced by the time the model was replaced by the new 348 in 1989, bringing the total for the 308/328 generation to nearly 20,000. The 328 is considered by some Ferrari enthusiasts to be one of the most reliable Ferraris; unlike some models, most engine maintenance can be performed without lowering the engine from the vehicle. The GTB referred to the Gran Turismo Berlinetta (coupé) body while the GTS was a Gran Turismo Spider (targa top). In 1985, the 328 retailed from $58,400-$62,500 ($115,300-$123,400 in 2008 dollars) in the United States. This price included a gas-guzzler tax. 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

    • Year: 1986
    For sale
    €100,000(£0) €100,000(£0)
  • Ferrari 328 GTB 1987 Rosso Corsa

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    The Ferrari 328 GTB and GTS were the successor to the well-known Ferrari 308 GTB and GTS. While mechanically still based on the 308 GTB and GTS, small modifications were made to the body style and engine, most notably an increase in engine displacement to 3.2 L (3185 cc) for increased power and torque output. The 328 is considered to be one of the most reliable Ferraris, unlike some models, most engine maintenance can be performed without lowering the engine from the vehicle. 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 refer to the total cubic capacity of the engine, 3.2 litres, and 8 for the number of cylinders. The new model was first introduced at the 1985 Frankfurt Salon alongside the Mondial 3.2 series. The main European market 328 GTS models had a tubular chassis. 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 V

    For sale
    POA POA
    VSOC
    +31 0252 218 980 View contact number
    VSOC
    +31 0252 218 980 View contact number
  • Ferrari 328 GTB Race Car

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    Ferrari 328 GTB 1987 Race Car This is the Ferrari 328 modified by QV Engineering in which David Wilkinson successfully competed in the Pirelli Miranello Ferrari Challenge Championship in 1992-93. In 1995 the car won the Championship, driven by David Barker. The car was stored for about 10 years, fully rebuilt by Modena Engineering and purchased by Tris Simpson who came 2nd in the Championship in both 2007 and 2008. In 2008 the car broke the lap record at Brands. Since then it has been stored and further developed whilst the owner decided whether to race it or add it to his long term collection. The car has two cylinder heads for 465bhp and 370bhp specs, individual throttle bodies, race camshafts, JE pistons, titanium con rods. The car has been fully developed on rolling road. Gearbox by Elite transmissions, straight cut, dog box, strengthened, solid billet selector forks, modified rake differential, 7 different drop gear ratios. Full roll cage and chassis strengthening. 18" Compomotive split rim wheels, adjustable pedal box, 6 pot AP racing calipers and discs front and 4 pot AP racing calipers and discs on rear. Carbon metallic pads. Fully sorted suspension, solid bushed double wis

    For sale
    POA POA
  • 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS

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    This spectacular Red over Black 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS is full of originality and a great starting point in Ferrari ownership. Recently discovered as a “garage find” after being stored for several years, the car features a striking Red exterior, which was repainted by professionals using Sikkens paint. After rediscovery, the Ferrari was professionally serviced and evaluated, which included a compression test confirming a healthy engine with a PSI of 185-200 measured on all 8 cylinders. An oil and filter change was also performed, along with a full detailing of the car. The Ferrari retains its original interior, glass, and factory-applied decals – which include the import VIN tag on the door, as well as the Rosso Corsa BASF Glasurit paint-code sticker on the trunk. The car’s original jack and storage bag, as well as factory roadside equipment accompany the car. More recently, our team has just performed a 30,000mi major service and adjustment to the car, along with a full rebuild of the water pump. Replacements included the following: timing belt, tensioner assembly & both idler bearings; all V-belts and filters; The car's engine and gearbox oil was changed, along with a complete flus

    • Year: 1986
    • Mileage: 22327 mi
    For sale
    POA POA
  • FERRARI 328 GTB

    £79,995 £79,995

    The well known racing 328 GTB 'Roise' has one of the most illustrious racing careers of any modern classic Ferrari. Boasting wins right from its early racing days at the hands of Robin Mortimer in 1989 in Class O of the Maranello Challenge. The car has been campaigned by many well known Ferrari owners club racers over the years including Martin Shaw, Nicky Paul-Barron, Christian Mineeff and David Tomlin. It was last raced by farther and Son Richard and Michael Squire who developed the car into its current group 4 modified Spec with no expense spared. Although the car has been used as a road car by the previous owner it would be great to see the car out racing again. In its current spec the car would no doubt be a front runner in the Pirelli Classic series. Please call for further information.

    • Year: 1986
    For sale
    £79,995 £79,995