When the time came for Ferrari to follow up on the enormously successful 308 GTB/GTS series, engineers chose to focus on refining the formula that served them so well since the late 1970s as the best-selling model in company history. For the new 328, much of the 308’s chassis, engine, and body styling carried over, but nearly every corner of the car was tweaked. Central to the new model was the 3.2-liter fuel-injected V8 with four valves per cylinder and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. It paired with a 5-speed transaxle as before, though the chassis now featured quicker steering, a lighter clutch, and tuned suspension. The improvements made the 328 one of the best handling and most versatile Ferraris of the period, and the styling refinements by Pininfarina freshened the already iconic looks. Marque enthusiasts herald the 328 as the last of the pure, “analog” Ferrari production cars, combining the best of the 308’s character with improved refinement and build quality.
This beautiful and rare 1988 328 GTB is an exquisitely maintained example finished in the seldom-seen shade of Giallo over natural tan leather trim. It shows just over 24,000 miles from new and is a 2015 FCA Platinum Award winner. Out of 7,412 328s produced between 1985 and 1989, a mere 1,344 were fixed-roof GTB models. This example has been in the same owner’s care since 2014, and it boasts extensive service history dating back more than twenty years. In the mid-1990s, the previous owner acquired this 328 from the legendary dealer Miller Motorcars of Greenwich, Connecticut. He was a local resident and had the car serviced religiously at Miller, including annual maintenance and regular timing belt changes regardless of mileage. In the hands of the most recent owner, it has accrued just a handful of additional miles, and it is superbly preserved in original condition. The yellow paintwork (Glasurit code FER102) is a rare sight on the 328, yet it suits the shape quite well, particularly on this GTB, with its contrasting black accents. The original paintwork is in excellent condition, and the Scaglietti-built body exhibits factory-appropriate alignment and panel fit. Color-keyed bumpers, black body trim, and correct mirrors are all in superb order, including the original 16-inch Cromodora alloy wheels fitted with OE-style Goodyear Eagle Sport radials. The flat-face design of the wheels differentiates this as a non-ABS model.
In the cockpit, the comfortable, supportive slimline bucket seats, iconic gated shifter, and Italianate driving position all carry over from the 308. But the 328 adds a reworked dash, and center console, new orange-accented instruments inspired by the 288 GTO, and light-touch switchgear and HVAC controls shared with the Mondial. This car’s interior features beige leather on the seats and door cards, with a dark chocolate brown leather dash, carpets, and accent trim. The leather upholstery is in excellent condition overall, though some slight fading and minor cracking are noted on the driver’s seat. The leather-covered dash is superb, as is the original tweed fabric headlining. Controls and switches are in good order, and this car features a rare, period-accessory Blaupunkt Dallas SQM 88 “gooseneck” stereo tuner that’s certain to please any enthusiast of 1980’s audio gear.
Behind the driver rests the iconic Ferrari V8 engine, designated Tipo F 105CB in the 328. Displacement is 3,186 cc, and it features four-valves per cylinder, Bosch Jetronic injection, new cams, and revised engine management. The engine compartment is tidy, well-maintained, and true to original specs, with excellent quality paint finishes, yellow zinc plating, and clean bare alloy castings. It runs and drives beautifully, with the smooth and rev-happy character expected of a well-sorted 328. The underside is equally well-sorted, the clean and orderly appearance attesting to this car’s low mileage.
A complete set of original books, tool kit, and jack accompany the sale, along with an extensive file containing service records, ownership history, and awards, including a 2015 FCA (Penn-Jersey Region) Platinum Award. This 328 GTB is an outstanding example, representing the last of the classic, analog Ferraris - unencumbered by electronic aides and ready for many more miles of pure driving enjoyment in the finest Italian tradition.
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