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Newsletter 39: FERRARI 328 … THE MOST RELIABLE MODERN CLASSIC

Trading in the Ferrari 328 model range seems to have ground to a halt lately, but it’s the same with most “modern classics,” as soon as Puff Diddly Daddly or Snoop Doggy DooDoo put out a video with a Ferrari in it, everyone wants it!
Thomas Magnum obviously started the trend with the 308, after appearing in his TV show, it became one of the biggest selling Ferrari’s.
To a lesser extent, Miami Vice did it with the Testarossa and Bad Boys with the 355.
The 328 however, seemed to dodge all the hype over the years, despite, in many ways, being superior to all of them.

Side photo of Ferrari 328

The 328 is a true driver’s car in every shape and form.
It does not have eye popping and ear bleeding amount of horse power like the modern supercars do.
A souped up civic can beat it, but if all you care about is 0 to 60 numbers and quarter mile times then you might as well stop reading now.
Numbers mean nothing when it comes to the 328.
How the car makes you feel is what strikes a chord with a true car enthusiast. Driving the 328 is like driving a go cart. The chassis is stiff and rigid, the handling is amazing, the car is small and nimble, and the sound of the engine is just a joy to behold.
The clutch is light and precise and the gated shifter is from the Gods, there is no other way to describe it.
The cabin is surprisingly spacious with all the controls at your fingertips. It’s a very easy car to drive. As with most Italian sports cars of the era, the seating position is a bit awkward as the pedals are shifted to the right, but you get used to it in no time.

There is really nothing out there that comes close to the feeling of driving a classic Ferrari.
It has to be an event, a sense of occasion.
The simplicity of this car is what draws you in.
There are no infotainment screens, no navigation, and no stupid computers beeping and screaming at you all day long.
It is just you and the car, the way Enzo intended it when Ferrari’s first started rolling off the factory floor.
A drive in a 238 is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face!

Red Ferrari 328 front side

The 328 is considered one of the most reliable classic Ferrari’s.
An evolution of the 308, launched in 1975, it’s a relatively simple car, free from electronic wizardry.
Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection was the order of the day here.
Unlike many Ferrari’s, a 328 cam belt service can be carried out without removing the engine.

Ferrari 328 drawing of the engine

Fuel economy is quoted as 12.9 L/100km at a constant 86 km/h, and probably mid to high teens if you give the car a workout.
That’s better than some modern cars!!
So, if you haven’t got a 328, best you think again and do something about it!
Look after your 328 and it should be an appreciating asset.
With luck, that rise in value could outweigh the running costs altogether.

Newsletter 14: IS THE 348 THE WORST CAR FERRARI EVER MADE?

So is the 348 the worst car Ferrari ever made? Nope!………. is the quick answer. Sure there are numerous articles, blogs and videos complaining about how twitchy at high speed it is, how ugly it is,  how it doesn’t compare to the 355 etc. etc. Equally, there are as many articles about how good it is, how competent, user friendly and reliable it is. 

The Ferrari 348 was the replacement for the 328 in 1989 and remained in production until 1995. It was the final V8 model developed under the direction of Enzo Ferrari before his death and commissioned to production posthumously. 

The 348 revs to 7500 and produces 300hp, with a 0 to 100km time of 5.5 seconds, no mean feat when you consider its closest rival, at the time, was the Honda NSX.

Here’s the comparison:

Comparison: Honda NSX vs Ferrari 348 acceleration

The 348 was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, from the Pininfarina stable,  the same guy responsible for the 308, F40, 288 GTO, 512 BB and many others. The 348 was also manufactured by hand, no robotic production lines churning out thousands of cars a minute, no mass-produced plastic interior bits, the 348 was designed, developed and manufactured using something that other carmakers seem to lack, passion!

DRIVABILITY: 

Some say that the 348 is unstable at high speed, twitchy and unpredictable,  well………. easy fix, put a 10mm spacer on the rear wheels and the track  becomes exactly the same as a 355, problem solved! 

What people don’t tell you is that the steering is better than a 355, more precise. The running costs are also generally less. 

The 348 is the last real drivers Ferrari. None of the electronic nonsense that  always fails at some point, no computer suspension, no power steering, no  cruise control. It is a seat of the pants car. It’s a relatively inexpensive entry  into the Ferrari lifestyle and after all, it’s a Ferrari, a good looking Ferrari!

The fear with buying anything old, and especially Italian, is that it will grenade its engine the first time you take it out, instantly rendering your investment worthless.  

But the truth is, if you buy sensibly, don’t drive it to death and you stay on  top of the routine maintenance, then that’s an unlikely scenario.  

Beyond the big jobs – cambelt, brakes, clutch, – running costs shouldn’t be  too crippling either. 

CONCLUSION: 

This is definitely not the worst car Ferrari ever made. Mostly the 348 has had a  bad rap, brought about by people perpetuating the unsavoury ramblings of the few misguided individuals who don’t really understand what this car is. 

The value of the 348 has risen steadily over the past few years and is a sound, reliable, driveable investment.

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