• Purchased new by the Oakland Raiders NFL Football Organization
• Believed to have been used by the Raiders’ legendary owner Al Davis
• Highly original and well-equipped ‘QV’ in desirable colors
• All original books in factory folio plus clean history reports
This vehicle is titled as a 1983.
2,926 cc DOHC alloy V-8 engine with four valves per cylinder and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, 240 BHP at 7,000 RPM, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 104.3"
Launched in 1980, the Ferrari Mondial 2+2 Coupe replaced the Bertone-bodied 308 GT4, heralding Ferrari’s return to its long-running partnership with Turin’s Pininfarina design house for road-car design. While closely related in technical details to its predecessor and utilizing the V-8 engine powering the 308, the new Mondial carried a longer and wider chassis providing improved passenger comfort. Routine servicing also became much easier with the Mondial’s V-8 engine and gearbox now mounted on a separate removable subframe. Ferrari buyers and the motoring press alike embraced the new model. As Britain’s CAR magazine stated, “Mondial 8 – superbly blending dynamic ability with masterful body design, clever electronics and Porsche-like build quality – is proof positive Maranello is reaching bright new heights.”
The Mondial also garnered praise for its sophisticated interior and user-friendly nature, features that were appreciated by Ferrari buyers and its dealer network, especially in the important American marketplace. However, these crucial virtues are all too often glossed over. As the late New York Ferrari dealer-principal, author, and marque authority Stanley Nowak wrote of the Mondial in Ferrari: Forty Years on the Road, “While the look was new and different, the real breakthrough was in interior technology.” Among the advancements were new touch switches for interior controls, a troubleshooting indicator panel for the vehicle’s systems, a new tilting steering wheel – a Ferrari first – and an electrically-operated sunroof that was standard equipment for Mondials delivered to North America.
Ongoing development of the Mondial brought the uprated Quattrovalvole (‘QV’) engine in 1982, now equipped with four-valve cylinder heads, boosting output to 235 SAE-rated peak horsepower and allowing easier compliance with U.S. exhaust-emission requirements. Performance of the Mondial Quattrovalvole was exhilarating, with measurably quicker acceleration including 0-60 times of 6.4 seconds and top speed climbing to 146 mph. Just 1,145 examples of the Mondial 2+2 Quattrovalvole Coupe were produced from 1982 to 1985.
Numbered 49491, this highly desirable 1984 Ferrari Mondial 2+2 Quattrovalvole Coupe was completed in December 1983 and sold new on March 8, 1984 through Ferrari of San Francisco. The Owner’s Warranty booklet records its first owner as the Oakland Raiders Organization, and this particular car is believed to have been in the possession of Allen “Al” Davis, the legendary American football coach and executive, who was the principal owner and general manager of the Raiders for 39 years until his eventual passing in 2011. One of the most successful and popular of all NFL teams, the Raiders are likely best known for their motto, “Just win, baby” coined during the Al Davis era.
Featuring handsome Argento (silver) over black leather upholstery, the Mondial is very well-equipped with full power amenities, sunroof, radio, and air-conditioning. The vehicle retains original trim, largely original paintwork, rare factory Speedline wheels, original etched glass and factory leather. The powerful four-valve V-8 engine is tidy with upgraded stainless exhaust, while underbody is similar in condition and the front luggage compartment contains an unused spare wheel with a Michelin TRX tire.
Prior to acquisition by the current owner, this Mondial was serviced and fitted with a new clutch. Most recently, a new Scuderia Rampante Innovations electrical fuse box was installed, ensuring all future caretakers of the car will enjoy heightened electrical reliability and ease of maintenance. Please note, the air-conditioner requires servicing for cooler air and the sunroof motor is not currently functioning. Clean Carfax and AutoCheck reports accompany this excellent Mondial Quatrovalvole, along with a Ferrari car cover, supplemental Ferrari floor mats, and all original books, charts, and California Emissions Statement in the proper Ferrari cloth document folio. A rare offering at auction, especially with its excellent provenance and remarkable preservation, this 1984 Ferrari Mondial 2+2 Quattrovalvole embodies the best virtues of a true thoroughbred with its gorgeous Pininfarina styling and legendary Ferrari performance.
1983 Ferrari Mondial 2+2 Quattrovalvole Coupe