Lot 286 - 1990 Ferrari Mondial T Convertible

Lot 286 - 1990 Ferrari Mondial T Convertible

Lot 286 - 1990 Ferrari Mondial T Convertible

Lot Number 286
Registration G28TRR
Chassis Number ZFFKC33C000083290
Engine Number 19804
Odometer reading 13,415 miles
Estimate No Reserve

The Ferrari Mondial is a 2+2 coupé or convertible produced by Ferrari from 1980 through to 1993; the 'Mondial' name came from Ferrari's history - the famed 500 Mondial race car of the early 1950's. The Mondial saw Ferrari return to Pininfarina for styling and was sold as a mid-sized coupé and, eventually, a cabriolet. The Mondial was conceived as a 'usable' model, offering the practicality of four seats and the performance of a Ferrari. The car had a slightly higher roofline than its stable mates, with a single long door both sides, offering easy access and good interior space, reasonable rear legroom, while all round visibility was excellent. The Mondial was produced in fairly high numbers for a Ferrari; with more than 6,800 produced in its 13-year run, and was one of Ferrari's most commercially successful models. The car body was not built as a monocoque in the same way as a conventional car; the steel outer body was produced by the famous Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Scaglietti, just down the road in nearby Modena, built over a lightweight steel box-section space frame. The Mondial model was the first Ferrari where the entire engine/gearbox/rear suspension assembly was mounted on a detachable steel subframe, making engine removal for a major rebuild or cylinder head removal much easier than it was on earlier models. The 'T' called attention to the car's new engine/transmission layout: the previously-transverse engine was now mounted longitudinally whilst the gearbox remained transverse, thus forming a 'T'. By adopting this layout, a longer engine could be mounted lower in the chassis, improving handling dramatically. The 'T' configuration was used by Ferrari's Formula One cars of the 1980's, and would be the standard for the marque's future mid-engined V8 cars, beginning with the 348 model.

This Mondial Convertible is finished in the most desirable Rosso red and trimmed in the finest double stitched cream Connolly hide leather. Rolling off the production line in January 1990, this model is fitted with the 3.4 litre Quattrovalvole power plant. Boasting four valves per cylinder, this engine was purportedly based on the early 1980's Formula 1 racing engine. When new, this engine design produced an impressive 240hp at the flywheel - immensely powerful for its time and can easily hold its own today. The Mondial Convertible has the added distinction of being the only 4-seat, mid-rear engine, convertible automobile ever manufactured in regular production. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document and a new MoT test certificate.

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