- 1990 Ferrari 348 tb
- Only 24,000 miles from new
- Recent cambelt service
- Original books and excellent service history
Presented in superb condition and with only 24,000 miles from new, this Ferrari 348 tb must be one of the best examples currently being offered for sale.
Finished in Rossa Corsa and wearing new Pirelli tyres on its unmarked five-spoke alloy wheels, chassis number 86200 boasts extensive service history. Each of the all-important cambelt changes are marked in the paperwork, going all the way back to 1994.
In more recent years, this 348 has been meticulously cared for by independent specialists. It has covered less than 3000 miles in the past decade but the service book still shows eight stamps in that time – including a full cambelt and pulley service on 15 June 2021.
The Ferrari was first registered on 12 September 1990, and was one of only 130 right-hand-drive examples of the 348 tb – in total, the factory built 2895 of that model between 1989 and 1993. Originally registered H887 FPF, it has retained the leather wallet that contains its Warranty Card – dated 20 September 1990 – as well as the Owner’s Service Book, the Technical Manual, and the Sales and Service Book.
The Crema interior and red carpets are in excellent condition and, for any car enthusiast worth their salt, it’s always a thrill to sit behind the Prancing Horse on the three-spoke steering wheel and look down at the evocative open gate for the gear lever.
Few sports cars quicken the pulse in the same way as Maranello’s ‘junior supercars’, and this low-mileage, beautifully maintained Ferrari 348 is the perfect example of that.
Launched in 1989, the 348 was the latest development of Ferrari’s famous line of two-seater V8 sports cars, which started in 1975 with the 308. That car subsequently morphed into the 328, which shared its basic outline – but for the 348 Pininfarina came up with an all-new shape that carried echoes of the Testarossa in its distinctive side strakes.
The quad-cam, 32-valve V8 engine was enlarged to 3.4 litres, and drove through a transversely mounted five-speed manual gearbox. It produced 300bhp – or 320bhp in the US-only Serie Speciale – which was enough for Car & Driver magazine to record a 0-60mph time of six seconds and a top speed of 166mph.
The monocoque chassis was much stiffer than the spaceframe used in previous models, and at launch the 348 was available as the tb coupé or the targa-roof ts. The Spider was added in 1993, at which point the other two models became the GTB and GTS respectively – and all of them received the 320bhp engine.
The suspension geometry was revised at the same time and the extra power reduced the 0-60mph time to 5.4 seconds and raised the top speed of 171mph.
When Steve Sutcliffe drove a 348 to Le Mans for Autocar in 1993, he wrote that ‘crowds gathered like bees to honey wherever and whenever we parked it’ and that ‘the further we travelled and the harder we drove… the more special, the more unique the Ferrari felt’. The steering came in for particular praise, as did the noise of the V8 under hard acceleration, and Sutcliffe described driving the 348 as ‘a deliciously rich experience’.
Motorsport outings included the Ferrari Challenge of 1993-95, plus a homologation run of 50 348 GT Competizione models for use in international GT racing.
In total, almost 9000 examples of the 348 left the Maranello factory before the model was replaced in 1994 by the heavily revised F355.