Ferrari 328 GTS – 1989 Beauty
Ferrari 328 GTS – The best sport car from 1989
- Location: New York, New York
- Chassis: ZFFXA20A0A0K0081196
- Engine: 3.2-Liter V8
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Mileage: 14,553 Miles
- Color: Rosso Corsa | Tan Leather
- Production Run: 6,068 (292 with ABS)
Ferrari 328 GTS Video:
PININFARINA’S SUBTLE WEDGE
Thanks to a certain ‘80s television show that revolved around Tom Selleck’s impeccable moustache, you recognize this shape. Even those who aren’t infatuated with automobiles know what the Ferrari 308 is—even if they don’t know the “308” designation they at least recognize the unmistakable Italian wedge.
Debuting at the 1975 Paris Auto Show, the striking Pininfarina design was quite ahead of its time. So much so, that it remained in production largely unchanged for eight years—quite a lengthy cycle for a marque like Ferrari. With a five-speed gated manual, a howling 3.0-liter V8 mounted amidships, flip-up headlights, dramatic functional side scoops, and origami-like sharp creased bodylines, the 308 offered as much style as it did performance.
In 1985, the 308 received its first major update, which consisted of many changes throughout the car both mechanically and cosmetically. Enter the Ferrari 328 GTS. Like the 308, the 328 was offered in two body styles, the GTS (Gran Turismo Spider) or GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta)—Targa or fixed roof, respectively. The Quattrovalvole 3.0-liter V8 was carried over but punched out to 3.2-liters.
The new displacement upped horsepower to 270 equating to a zero-to-60 time of just 5.5 seconds—no slouch in 1985 and still rather quick today. With a top speed of 166mph, it’s reassuring to hear that under the angular Pininfarina coachwork is a nicely kitted-out tubular chassis equipped with four-wheel independent suspension complete with anti-roll bars and four-wheel disc brakes.
Although largely resembling the original 308 design, the 328 was updated with softer lines, most noticeable at the front and rear. The bumpers were redesigned and color-matched instead of the dating black finish worn on the 308. The fascia was revised to incorporate a larger sectioned egg crate grille with larger turn indicators/fog lamps and the fender vents of above the headlight pockets were deleted.
Inside the Ferrari 328 GTS, the cabin received new bucket seats, new stitching throughout, refined materials, modern switchgear, and revised door panels to match the updated exterior. Produced from 1985 to 1989, just 7,400 were produced with all but 1,300-some-odd 328 optioned in GTS targa spec—hey, it was the ‘80s.