Lot 170 - 1993 Ferrari 348 Spider
|Odometer reading||55,649 miles|
|Estimate||£36,000 - £43,000|
|Result||Sold - £50,400|
- - In very good order throughout
- - Desirable colour combination
- - Very good history and offered with original Ferrari tool kit
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 288 GTO. 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 348 was equipped with a dry-sump oil system to prevent oil starvation at high speeds and during hard cornering. It was also fitted with adjustable ride height suspension and a removable rear subframe to speed up the removal of the engine for maintenance.
One of only 68 right hand drive Spiders imported to the UK, this beautiful Chiaro Blue with Crema leather example benefitted from a major service in February 2019 by SB Race Engineering and included the all-important cambelts. A bill for the service is included in the car’s fantastic service history and shows exactly what was carried out. The comprehensive history file contains service and maintenance records chronologically filed for reference and the service book demonstrates a consistent and responsible approach to maintenance which is full to capacity, to the extent that the back cover is now being used to record the details with 17 overall stamps.
Whilst the odometer reads 8,929 miles, the 348’s were notorious for speedo head failures and this car indeed suffered from that. The true mileage currently stands at 55,649 miles which can be confirmed by looking at the service book, MoT test certificates, and comparing with the receipts in the service history. The fact that it is so well documented in the car’s service history is testament to how well the car has been cared for throughout its life and any new owner can be reassured knowing it has benefitted from maintenance and service work when required. In more recent times the ‘sticky plastic’ which many Ferraris of this era suffer from has been restored, a new clutch and release bearing have also been installed and a fresh set of Continental Sport tyres have been fitted. The gear change has also been adjusted and lubricated and fresh gearbox oil has been added. Needless to say, the 348 runs and drives very well indeed and sounds fantastic when on song.
Supplied with a service book, Ferrari leather book pack, Ferrari tool kit, fitted tonneau cover, V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until September 2022. With only 68 right hand drive Spiders imported to the UK, this is even rarer in its fabulous colour combination and viewing of the car is highly recommended.
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