During its nine year production, the first generation Ferrari Mondial strangely always stood in the shadow of its two seated in-house rivals such as the stunning 308. As a result, the Mondial was always curiously undervalued despite its unique appeal and relative rarity. First and foremost, it is the only Ferrari and one of very few production convertibles to feature a rear mid engine while accommodating four passengers and their luggage. This makes it perhaps the most practical of all classic Ferraris, adding to its great potential for future increase in value.
This particular specimen is a 1988 model year UK supplied car in classic Ferrari red with cream interior. With the desirable third generation engine – the 3.2 litre “quattrovalvole” (Italian for four valve) – this car combines classic looks and handling with performance figures closer to modern supercars. Pop-up headlights, a dog-leg manual gearbox and metric wheels with TRX tyres are just some of the features that make this an essential 1980s sports car. Despite being from a wilder time, this Ferrari is just tame enough for an inexperienced enthusiast to handle; but thrilling nonetheless.
With only 57 original RHD cars supplied and an unknown number surviving today on British roads, this stunning specimen is one of the best Mondial convertibles on the market today. The bodywork is in immaculate condition, following a high-end bare metal respray a few years ago and meticulous care ever since. The unusually shaped soft top is equally in pristine condition and does not leak. The cream interior is in unmolested, original condition with very few signs of wear. Most importantly, the car is mechanically solid and has passed all of its recent MOTs with no advisories.
This is because this car, unlike many less fortunate Mondials, has enjoyed devoted care from its keepers and is supplied with an extensive history file. The car’s current keeper of seven years is a trained mechanic himself and has spared no expense in maintaining it to the highest standard. Thus, the car has been frequently serviced and has recently seen costly maintenance works, including a timing belt change and front suspension overhaul. The genuine mileage is warranted by a multitude of old invoices and MOT certificates.
The car is supplied as seen with a custom Larini stainless steel exhaust and original metric wheels. The original exhaust and wider aftermarket wheels may also be supplied to buyers willing to pay the asking price. The car is currently on a private registration, 451 MV, which is not included in the sale but available by separate negotiation.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any queries of reasonable offers!
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