- Body Type: Coupe
- Full Service History
- 25,367 Km
- Year Built: 1992
- Engine Size: 3.4L
- Trans: Manual
- Ext color: Red
- Int color: Black
First seen in prototype form in 1987, the Ferrari 348 entered production in 1989, replacing the immensely successful 328 GTB/GTS. Mid-engined like its predecessor, the 348 differed by mounting its four-valves-per-cylinder, quad-cam V8 engine – now enlarged to 3.4 litres – longitudinally, enabling it to be positioned lower in the chassis. Another new departure was the transversely mounted five-speed gearbox – a spin-off from Ferrari’s contemporary Formula 1 technology – that enabled weight to be concentrated within the wheelbase. This combination of a lower centre of gravity and better weight distribution addressed one of the perceived shortcomings of the 328: a lack of composure when cornering hard. Initially typed ‘tb’ and ‘ts’ – trasversale berlinetta and trasversale spyder – the 348 reverted to Ferrari’s traditional GTB/GTS nomenclature part way through production.
Wider, taller, and longer in the wheelbase, the 348 nevertheless contrived to be 2″ shorter than the outgoing 328. With its aerodynamic skirts, spoilers, minimal overhangs and distinctive gill slats feeding air to side-mounted radiators (the front grille is a dummy), the stocky 348 looked very much like a scaled-down Testarossa and, with around 300bhp on tap and a top speed of 170mph, gave little away in terms of outright performance to its larger, 12-cylinder sibling. As well as the extra horsepower, the 3.4-litre engine brought with it a useful increase in torque from 224 to 238lb/ft, which arrived at lower revs: 4,200 as opposed to 5,500.
According to Fast Lane: ‘The extra urge lower down really is noticeable, and the smoothness of delivery is matched by very few engines from anywhere in the world: since this is conjoined with exquisite driveline smoothness, you can brutally stand on the throttle at low revs, and it’ll just light up and take off without any hesitation.’ Clearly, owners of the Ferrari 348 have much to enjoy. Production ceased in 1994 after 8,745 348s of all types had been built.
The Ferrari 348tb we offer was supplied new in Milan, Italy via Lightspeed SRL in Italy on 23th January 1992.
On 9th May of this year Sportwagenservice Ingo Laging GmbH (Germany) did a big maintenance service of 4000 EURO (timingbelt + tensioners, airconditioning service). The car also comes with its book pack, tool kit, and two keys.