Lot 240 - 1993 Ferrari 348 TS
|Odometer reading||60,300 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £46,000|
|Result||Sold - £53,204|
The Ferrari 348 was a mid-engined, rear wheel drive V8 powered two-seater replacing the 328 in 1989 and continuing until 1995. Badged 348 TB for the coupé (Berlinetta) and 348 TS (Spider) for the targa versions, it features a naturally aspirated 3.4 litre version of the quad-cam, four valve per cylinder engine which was originally found in the 288GTO. As with its predecessors, the model number was derived from this configuration with the first two digits being the displacement and the third being the number of cylinders. The engine, which produced 300bhp, was mounted longitudinally and coupled to a transverse manual gearbox similar to the Mondial T with which the 348 shared many components. The 'T' in the model name TB and TS refers to the transverse position of the gearbox. The 348 was equipped with a dry-sump oil system to prevent oil starvation at high speeds and during hard cornering. The oil level can only be accurately checked on the dip-stick when the motor is running due to this setup. The 348 was also fitted with adjustable ride height suspension and a removable rear subframe to speed up the removal of the engine for maintenance.
This fabulous privately owned and cherished 348 TS is offered in Daytona Black with full black leather trim, both of which are in very good condition. This is a later revised 1993 example which features the battery to the front for improved handling. Only 261 righthand drive TS examples were produced and in the desirable black on black combination this car can be considered a rare example. Originally supplied to Graypaul Motors in April 1993, this example has a comprehensive history with no less than 14 service stamps in the original service handbook, the most recent with Ferrari specialists, Kent High Performance Cars in March 2019. From the history file we can ascertain that the cambelt was replaced in 2017 with 58,413 miles on the odometer, at the same time a new clutch was fitted, all less than 2000 miles ago. Inspecting the car and the history file will lead any interested party to view this as a very well cared for car. Offered with MoT test certificate until March 2020, a full Ferrari toolkit and book pack, this is car we strongly advise viewing to appreciate what is an appreciating example of the great Italian car manufacturer.
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