Lot 403 - 1981 Ferrari Mondial 8
|Odometer reading||61,675 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £14,000|
The Mondial was introduced as the Mondial 8 at the 1980 Geneva Auto Salon. It was the first Ferrari to depart from the company's familiar 3-digit naming scheme and was fairly mild, relative to other Ferraris, in terms of performance, drawing criticism from the motoring press. The Mondial 8 was styled by Pininfarina and sat on a wheelbase that was four inches longer than its predecessor. It used a mid/rear-mounted Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection V8, shared with the 308GTBi/GTSi, mounted transversely. The engine was originally used in the 1973 Dino 308GT4. The K-Jetronic system is mechanical, with a high-pressure pump which streams fuel continuously to the injectors; it does not have a computer, just a few relays to handle the cold start sequence etc. The chassis was also based on the 308GT4, but with a 100-millimetre-longer wheelbase at 2,650mm. The suspension was the classic layout of unequal-length double wishbones and Koni dampers all around. The Mondial 8 is considered one of the marque's most 'practical' vehicles, due to its 214hp, proven drivetrain, four seats, and relatively low cost of maintenance (major services can be performed without removing the entire engine/transmission subframe). 703 examples of the Ferrari Mondial 8 were made.
This righthand drive Ferrari Mondial 8 was supplied by HR Owen in August 1981 and has a continuous history showing that this Mondial was used and regularly serviced up to 2002, when it had completed 60,315 miles, after that the car was stored and used very sparingly having only been taken out for MoT tests. The last service was carried out in 2012 at 61,254 miles, less than 150 miles ago. This very good, rust free, Ferrari Mondial 8 is finished in Rosso Corsa, with black leather seats and black carpets. The car runs and drives superbly, and it is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2014. There is also a file containing invoices, old MoT test certificates and copies of the previous log books. Included with the car is the original hand book pack containing all the hand books and service book. This is a very good example and the perfect entry level to the prancing horse marque.
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