1986 Ferrari 328 GTS

Highlights


  • Beautifully cared for by just four owners since 1986
  • Detailed and refurbished in 2019
  • Huge history file containing many invoices


The Appeal


Anyone who grew up during the 1980s cannot fail to remember with fondness the television exploits of Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I., tearing around Hawaii in his Ferrari 308 GTS, which became quite the automotive pin-up. 

Admittedly, this car isn’t a 308, but if anything it’s even better. 

The 328 succeeded the 308 as Ferrari’s eight-cylinder berlinetta in 1986, the same Pininfarina styling as its screen-star predecessor, modified just slightly for better aerodynamics, but with much-improved engineering.

Chiefly, the 328 had a larger, more powerful engine, which ought to sell it to anyone who believes Ferraris are strictly about performance, but let’s not overlook the fact that enthusiasts also regard it as one of the most practical Ferraris to own and use. 

The easily accessible engine makes maintenance straightforward – in many other Ferraris it is necessary to lower the engine to undertake basic tasks, but not so with the 328.

Available as the GTB (Berlinetta) or GTS (Spider, with removable roof panel), the 328 appealed enormously to wealthy sports-car enthusiasts and 7,412 were sold between 1986 and 1989. 

This very early GTS has withstood the past 36 years extremely well, with only four caring owners. 

It has always been well-maintained with regular services and the occasional spruce-up, so it would make a wonderful addition to any collection, or an ideal entry into classic Ferrari ownership.

The History and Paperwork


  • Originally supplied in Rosso Corsa with Beige leather interior
  • Sold new on 6th February 1986 by Maranello Sales of Egham, Surrey, to Mr. Jonathan Miller of London NW1
  • Sold through Maranello Sales again on 11th September 1991 to Mr. Nigel Barrett of Chertsey, Surrey
  • Entered in the Ferrari Owners’ Club’s National Concours at the Silverstone International Historic Festival in July 1992
  • Purchased by its third owner in 2003 and more recently by its present owner
  • Paperwork includes the current V5, many MoT certificates issued between 1991 and 2018, a very large collection of letters and invoices dating back to Mr. Barrett’s purchase in 1991
  • The owner’s literature, which includes the owner’s manual and service book, is contained within the original Ferrari leather wallet
  • Several booklets relating to the original Blaupunkt Toronto radio-cassette player

The Interior


  • Beautifully presented with its original Beige leather
  • Upholstery refurbished in 2014 and 2019
  • Very well-appointed, with radio-cassette player, heater, air-conditioning and more

For a 36-year-old car, this 328 has a phenomenally good interior, much of which may be attributable to the upholstery being refurbished in 2014 and again in 2019, although we very much doubt it has ever been less than highly presentable. 

The earlier renovation involved the cleaning, degreasing, resealing, refinishing, revarnishing and conditioning of the leather. More recently, it was cleaned and re-Connolised with a colour-matched dye.

All the leather in the car now really is like new, with a delightfully supple texture and very rich colouring. 

The beige is offset nicely by the red carpeting, which is appropriately darker than the paintwork. The carpets, naturally, are in very good condition, and their thick pile is quite suggestive of prosperity.

The dash is leather-covered with plastic inserts and is all in excellent condition, having been kept extremely clean, just like everything else. We did not see any evidence of age or wear on it, nor on the centre console.

Being a mid-engined sports-car, there is not much in the way of luggage space, but what there is also very clean and well-presented.

The Exterior


  • Finished in the original Rosso Corsa
  • Comprehensively detailed with paint correction in 2019
  • Alloy wheels in outstanding condition

There is perhaps one word which best describes the way the 328 looks, and that is ‘striking’. 

It was intended to be so when new, of course, but the fact it remains so almost 40 years later is testament to the skill of Pininfarina’s designers to create a timeless and enduring shape. 

The graceful, flowing curvature of the front wings merges quite seamlessly into a more straight-cut and business-like rear, with a gaping air duct lifted straight from a fighter jet and razor-like vents feeding air into the hard-working mid-mounted V8.

It does, of course, look its absolute best in Rosso Corsa, and the paint on this car is exceptional. 

There may be a few minute blemishes on the bumpers, but the general impression, especially following detailing work in 2019 which included paint correction and waxing, is that the paint finish is very close to perfection. 

Indeed, the whole car is astoundingly good, with all the other parts such as glass and plastic items, and the various badges, all presented in fantastic order.

We are especially impressed by the wheels which, at almost 40 years old, pretty much defy belief. Even cars which are only driven by the most careful owners and habitually cosseted might expect to have picked up a few little scuffs or scratches on their alloy wheels after such a long time. 

All we can say is that this one hasn’t, and we’re a little bit taken aback by how good they are. 

Perhaps they have been refurbished at some point in the past, we don’t know, but we do know that they’re among the best you’re likely to see.

The Mechanics


  • Cam-belt serviced in 2018
  • Last MoTed in 2018 with no advisories
  • Starts, runs and drives beautifully, and sounds fantastic!

The good looks are only half the appeal of a Ferrari; the rest lies in their sublime engineering, and the 328 GTS doesn’t disappoint. 

The 3.2-litre, fuel-injected, transverse-mounted Dino V8 produced 270bhp and would take the car to 166 mph, so this car should give you everything you’d want from a Ferrari.

While Ferraris do, of course, require occasional maintenance to stay on song, this car has never been neglected, with its most recent cam-belt service occurring in 2018, which is also when a used ECU was fitted and some wiring faults rectified. 

At the same time, it received its last MoT, which it passed with no advisories.

Since November 2019, the 328 has been SORNed, but it has been started and maintained even while off the road and, when we went to see it, it fired up beautifully, ran well and pulled away, stopped and changed gear very nicely. 

With a long strip of tarmac laid out before it, it is happy to demonstrate just why Ferraris are so covetable. 

It shoots off like a rocket, with the howl of the fast-revving V8 providing a soundtrack which is music to any enthusiast.

Evidently, this car is in excellent mechanical health, and we do not anticipate that anything should prevent it from passing its next MoT so that you can get out on the road and really enjoy it.

Summary


Tom Selleck may have made the Ferrari 308 more famous, but the 328 was the better car on a technical level and the one offered for sale here is about as good it gets. 

It is simply fantastic from all angles, inside, outside, and under the bonnet, thanks to the care and regular maintenance it has received continually from new.

As we said, enthusiasts tend to regard the 328 as one of the best classic Ferraris on a practical level so, if you’re looking for a Ferrari you can really use and enjoy this summer, we’d strongly suggest going for this one.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1986
  • Make Ferrari
  • Model 328 GTS
  • Colour Rosso Corsa
  • Odometer 66,971 Miles
  • Engine size 3185
  • Town Braintree
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
12 bids from 8 bidders
  • plus8fa•••• £68,000 19/08/22
  • simon s•••• £67,000 19/08/22
  • plus8fa•••• £65,000 19/08/22
  • morgan1•••• £62,000 19/08/22
  • mexicos•••• £61,000 19/08/22
  • MARCO.P•••• £60,000 19/08/22
  • nigel61•••• £58,500 18/08/22
  • damon-c•••• £56,000 17/08/22
  • nigel61•••• £55,000 17/08/22
  • damon-c•••• £50,000 12/08/22

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