Built between 1985 and 1989 a total of 6068 of these GTS models were built, with a further 1344 of the fixed roof GTB versions. Of these only 542 GTS cars were originally imported into the U.K. Relatively subtle body revisions were made to the flowing wedge shape from Pininfarina's design of the previous 308 model, engine capacity was increased to 3.2 litres maintaining its V8 configuration, hence the 328 designation. The coach work itself was still largely built by hand at long-time Ferrari collaborator, Sergio Scaglietti's works, a stones throw from Enzo's own works in Maranello.
First registered on November 1st 1989 in the classic combination of Rosso Corsa paint over a Crema leather interior with rosso carpets, this 328 GTS was delivered by Stratton's of Wilmslow to a Mr S Pemberton, the director of a Manchester based business. It then passed through the hands of three more caring owners, who all used it sparingly and serviced it regularly, before it came to its current owner in May 2016. He bought the car from Graypaul of Nottingham, where it had undergone a thorough maintenance check, as well receiving it's Ferrari Classiche Certificate in March 2016 and a Swissvax certificate confirming the highest quality paint care regime. At the time the car had done only 16948 miles, and as you can see has been used sparingly ever since, whilst also maintaining its annual servicing schedule, firstly at Graypaul and latterly with respected marque specialist Nick Cartwright in Derbyshire. The car was originally supplied with air conditioning, a body coloured rear aeofoil and, being a later car with convex wheels, ABS (anti lock brakes).
The body is believed to be made from all original panels, although some small rust bubbles were present and so the relevant remedial work and paint correction was carried out when Graypaul was preparing the car for sale in 2015. The paint now appears to be unmarked, with a deep glossy finish, highlighting how meticulously it has been maintained since. All the panels are free from any dents, scratches or any marks whatsoever, and it all appears factory fresh, as you'd expect from a car that has spent it's time since correction, inside and under a cover.
The wheels are in excellent overall condition. If you stare at them long enough you might be able to find an occasional stone chip, but the only blemish of note is one small bubble of oxidisation under the paint at the corner of one spoke on the left front wheel. We are being picky, but on a car so good it becomes a challenge to find any imperfections. The tyres are all matching Pirelli P-Zero's and given the car's low recent mileage appear to have nearly all of their tread remaining.
The quality continues inside with the Crema leather and smart red carpeting. The famous Ferrari open gated five speed manual gearbox provides the centre piece of this smart interior. As you would expect from a car that's only travelled 18000 miles the interior appears only very lightly used. It has the optional extras of matching leather on the removable roof headlining as well as extended leather to the rear window surround. The leather condition is very good, with no tears, rips or scratches visible and just some very light wear perceptible on the seat bases. Some of which may just be a little dye transfer from jeans which a good cleaner may remove. The red carpets are in excellent shape showing no stains or signs of wear. All the switches and controls also appear to be without a mark, and everything functions as intended without any warning lights present. The only non standard addition to the interior is an immobiliser fitted on the dash by Maranello Concessionaires in 1995.
Under the skin
The history of servicing and paperwork runs to two full files for this vehicle. from the original purchase order by Strattons for £45,977 in 1989 all the way up to the present day. The highlights are that the car has always received its annual service on time, at a mixture of Ferrari main dealer and Ferrari specialists. The vehicle received a thorough refresh in 2015/16 when it was being prepared for sale by Graypaul to its current owner. The body received attention to some small spots of corrosion and localised paint repairs were made before the entire car received a quality detail and polish. The mechanicals also received a thorough inspection and overhaul at the same time. Any parts that were deemed to require attention were replaced or corrected before the car received its Classiche Certificate and the was sold as a Ferrari Approved sale to the current owner and vendor in 2016 with 16948 miles on the clock. Since then the car has always been dry stored under a soft cover, only venturing outside on dry days. Despite its low annual mileage the car's annual servicing regime has been kept up firstly at Graypaul and latterly with respected marque specialist Nick Cartwright in Derbyshire. The most recent belts service was carried out in 2019, only a few hundred miles ago.
All in all this adds up to being an excellent low mileage example with an extensive paperwork history, in fine cosmetic and mechanical condition, allowing the new owner to drive it without reservation or admire it as a fine piece of Italian art. Either way it would look good in anyones garage.