Ferrari 328 GTS

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Ferrari 328 GTS

With a desire to go racing, Enzo Ferrari founded Scuderia Ferrari in 1929. Based in Modena, Italy, Ferrari raced Alfa Romeo racing cars, functioning as a racing division of Alfa Romeo. For the 1933 season Alfa Romeo withdrew their in-house racing team, with Scuderia Ferrari taking over as the new works team until 1938, when Alfa decided to once again go in-house for their racing efforts. With this, Enzo was hired as manager of the new racing department, and Scuderia Ferrari was disbanded.

The following year, in 1939, Enzo left Alfa Romeo under the conditions of not using the Ferrari name in racing for four years. 1943 saw the factory move to Maranello, with the first Ferrari badged car produced in 1947 called the 125 S.  The rest is history, and part of that history came the 328 GTS.  The 308 and 328 are considered a family of Ferrari road cars as they share similar (but not identical) body designs and appearances, chassis, and engine designs. Essentially the new 328 model was a revised and updated version of the 308, which had survived for eight years without any radical change to the overall shape, albeit with various changes to the 3-litre engine.  The 328 was the final evolution of the transversely mid-mounted, conventionally aspirated 90 degree V8 Dino engine. The transversely

mounted engine is a popular way to save space on the rear-mid, rear wheel drive layout. The 328 has been described as one of the most usable classic Ferrari's because of its durable road record, history of appreciating value, and classical aesthetics.

The original Pininfarina design was carried over from its predecessor but included subtle changes from the carrozzeria. The effect was both aesthetic and an improvement in overall aerodynamic characteristics. The car's body was still largely built by hand coming from the coach builder Scaglietti works.
The 328 model remained in production for four years (1985 to 1989). By the time it was replaced by the 348 in the Autumn of 1989, a total of 7,412 vehicles had been made. GTS production totaled 6,068
vehicles in the chassis number range of 59301 to 83136.  GTS production outnumbered the GTB version almost five to one. GTB production totaled 1,344 vehicles in the chassis range of 58735 to 83017.  The early part of each series were numbered in the Ferrari odd number road car chassis sequence, and later examples (post chassis number 75000) in the continuous number sequence.

The 308/328 family was, at the time, one of the most commercially successful for Ferrari with nearly 20,000 produced.  The very first developmental prototype for the 328 model was manufactured in the summer of 1984. Chassis number 49543 was certified, road-registered and extensively tested through the spring of 1985. Interestingly, the original prototype was manufactured as a full soft top cabriolet convertible.  The story is that while the technical departments were pleased with the performance of the prototype, the marketing influence feared that as a convertible, it would compete with the Mondial Cabriolet model. It was subsequently produced, like its predecessor, only in Berlinetta (GTB - coupe) and removable hard top Spider (GTS - targa) variants. As of 2018, cabriolet chassis number 49543 was
still in existence and registered for road use in Italy.  The last production year for the 328 GTB/GTS was September 1988 to Sept/Oct 1989 (model year 1989). 1338 total vehicles were manufactured that year. With Enzo Ferrari's death in August 1988, many of these last cars were purchased either as a tribute or with speculation in mind. Decades later, it is still not unheard of to occasionally find a 328 for sale from the last production year that was never registered for road use. 

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