• Outstanding Pininfarina design, aerodynamics, and performance
• Excellent modern classic Ferrari model in ‘GTS’ Targa form
• Final-year example with just 30,000 actual miles of use
• Excellent livery, refreshed interior and recent belt service
PLEASE NOTE: The timing belt service was performed during July 2013, not within the time frame stated in the catalogue.
3,185 cc DOHC 32-valve V-8 engine, Bosch K-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, 260 BHP at 7,000 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones, coil springs, and anti-roll bars, four-wheel hydraulic ventilated disc brakes with ABS; wheelbase: 91"
Launched at the 1985 Frankfurt show alongside the 3.2 Mondial 2+2, Ferrari’s new 328 continued and built upon the mid-engine V-8 layout of Ferrari’s two-seat sports cars established by the Pininfarina-designed 308 GTB and GTS models. Featuring taut bodylines clearly descended from its more curvaceous predecessors, the new 328 was also offered in Berlinetta (GTB) and Targa-type (GTS) body styles. Aerodynamic enhancements ushered in by the 328 included bumpers closely integrated with the bodywork, a new frontal treatment with a wider grille, and a discreet rear spoiler mounted atop the rear roofline. Aesthetics aside, lowered aerodynamic drag and improved downforce at high speeds were dual benefits of the redesigned body of the new 328.
Mechanical updates heralded by the 328 included a larger-displacement 3.2-litre development of the four-valve 308 Quattrovalvole engine, hence the new Ferrari’s ‘328’ designation, denoting 3.2 litres and eight cylinders. Designated by Ferrari with type reference number “F 105 CB 000,” the 328’s engine retained Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, but now utilized a Marelli MED 806 A electronic ignition system. For European models, factory-rated output was 270 BHP at 7,000 rpm and 260 BHP in America. As with the preceding 308 models, the 328’s engine was transversely mounted in unit with the all-synchromesh five-speed gearbox assembly, which was positioned below and to the rear of the engine’s oil sump.
A recent article from the UK’s Octane magazine summarized the 328 experience best, stating “There’s the same glorious howl from the mid-mounted quad-cam V-8 but, in the 328, it uses an extra 200 cc to provide 30 BHP more than its predecessor along with a lot more torque.” That extra power output made the 328 capable of accelerating from rest to 60 mph under 6.0 seconds en route to a 163-mph top-end charge, representing a significant performance increase over the prior 308. Handling was outstanding, with braking to match, and enhanced by mid-1988 with the addition of ABS. Striking “flat-face” five-spoke alloy wheels were utilized during the 328’s early years, becoming reshaped to a convex shape to accommodate the new ABS-type braking system of the later-production cars. In addition to cutting-edge styling and performance improvements, the 328 also delivered greater interior comfort with optional air-conditioning and reshaped seats, plus further attention paid to driver-and-machine interaction. Seat upholstery and stitching and updated switchgear were other areas of improvement with the 328.
The 328 was produced for only four years until the fall of 1989, when the 348 ts debuted as its replacement, making the 328 the last of the long line of transverse mid-engine Ferrari models dating back to the 1960s. The 328 is also historic as the last “pre-computer” Ferrari and one of the final models launched during the lifetime of Enzo Ferrari, the company’s legendary founder. Just 7,412 examples of the 328 were produced in all, with the targa-top GTS the most popular with 6,068 built, outselling the GTB by a factor of five to one. While the early 328s followed the time-honored Ferrari odd-number road car format, later examples – built after chassis 75000 – were consecutively numbered.
Having traveled only an approximate 30,000 actual miles and showing only the slightest wear at the time of writing, this excellent 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS was built in November 1988, finished in Nero (black) paint over tan Connolly leather upholstery. Documented history shows it was first sold in Chicago but moved to Florida for the bulk of the 1990s until it was sold to its third owner, a resident of Georgia. A timing-belt service was completed within the past year and approximately 500 miles ago. In keeping the presentation of this Ferrari, the lower front valance remains in extraordinary condition, showing no blemishes. Retaining the factory-original radio, equipped with power-operated window lifts, and accompanied by a tool roll, plus books and records, this final-year 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS rides on new Pirelli tires and stands ready for an abundance of continued enjoyment. As offered, this 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS stands as an outstanding modern classic choice for astute collectors and enthusiasts who like to drive one of the best Ferrari V-8s ever produced.
1989 Ferrari 328 GTS