Circa 16,500 miles from new 1988 Ferrari 328GTS Targa Coupé Coachwork by by Pininfarina Registration no. F328 RMA Chassis no. ZFFWA20C000079995 Engine no. 15934
Representing the second generation of Ferrari's V8-engined road cars, the entirely new 308GTB debuted at the Paris Salon in 1975. This particular model line had begun in 1973 with the Dino-badged 308GT4 2+2, which took over from the preceding V6-engined Dino 246GT. The newcomer's wedge-shaped styling - by Bertone rather than the customary Pininfarina - was not universally well received but the performance of the amidships-mounted, double-overhead-camshaft 3.0-litre V8 certainly was, and a dry-sump version of the same power unit was used for the 308GT4's two-seat successor. Built on a shorter wheelbase, the stunningly beautiful 308GTB marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling. Further developments included the introduction in 1977 of an open-top GTS version with Targa-style removable roof, the adoption of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection (1980) and, finally, revised cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder (1982).
The 308 was superseded by the mechanically similar but larger engined 328GTB in 1985. By increasing both bore and stroke, the quattrovalvole engine's capacity was raised to 3,186cc which, together with a higher compression ratio, revised pistons and an improved Marelli engine management system, lifted maximum power to 270bhp at 7,000rpm. Top speed was raised to within a whisker of 160mph (258km/h) with the sprint to 60mph covered in 5.5 seconds. On the outside, the elegant simplicity of Pininfarina's original 308 had been diluted somewhat by the addition of Testarossa-style moulded bumpers incorporating both sidelights and indicators, deeper rear valance and an unobtrusive roof spoiler. Its underlying beauty though, could not be disguised. 'If the sublime purity of the original shape has been corrupted, its striking appearance has not,' declared Motor magazine. 'In our book, this is still the most beautiful of all contemporary exotics - a gorgeous looking car.'
Beneath the skin the tubular steel chassis remained much as before, with all-round independent suspension by double wishbones, four-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes and aluminium-alloy wheels, though the latter were increased in size. The interior too had come in for subtle revision and now featured improved instruments switch gear and heating. The 328GTB/GTS continued in production until 1989, by which time almost 22,000 308/328s of all types had been sold, making the model the most commercially successful Ferrari of all time.
Chassis number '79995' was delivered new on 15th June 1989 by Ferrari main dealers H R Owen to Mr R Hussein of Holland Park, West London, and first registered 'P222 PYW'. Extra cost options of air conditioning, anti-lock brakes and a colour co-ordinated rear spoiler added almost £4,000 to the more than £49,000 list price. We are advised that '79995' is one of only 292 of this model fitted with ABS.
In May 1991 the car passed to its second owner, Stephen Worley of Dorking, Surrey, by which time it had covered some 5,000 miles. The third owner, Mark Masserella of Leicestershire, purchased the Ferrari in February 1993 at approximately 9,500 miles. Since 2007, the car has been with the current (fourth) owner, who has covered some 5,500 miles in it to bring the odometer total to 16,500.
The vendor's personal mechanic and Rardley Motors has maintained the Ferrari, which received a new clutch assembly and tyres (2008); cam belts and front shock absorbers (2010); and HT leads, distributor, radiator and a stainless steel sports exhaust system (2012). Bills for these works are on file together with previous service records from H R Owen and Graypaul. The car is finished in Rosso with cream leather interior, and comes complete with its original owner's wallet, handbooks, service booklet and tools. Described as in generally very good/excellent condition, it is offered with current MoT/tax, V5C document and the aforementioned service records. A rare opportunity to acquire a fully documented, low mileage example of this iconic Ferrari.