Ferrari GTS Turbo narodziło się zanim popularne stało się sformułowanie „downsizing”, choć zgodne jest z ideą zmniejszania. Jego centralnie umieszczone serce posiada osiem cylindrów i pojemność zaledwie dwóch litrów. Gwarantowane osiągi są jednak na poziomie modelu 328, za co odpowiedzialna jest turbosprężarka. Między 1986 a 1989 rokiem powstało ich zaledwie 828 sztuk – większość wchłonął włoski rynek, którego przepisy podatkowe przyczyniły się do powstania modelu. Ten piękny egzemplarz w kolorze Azzurro Blue zamówiony został przez księcia Jefri Bolkiah’a, brata sułtana Brunei. Stanowiąc część dużej kolekcji, doczekało się do dziś przebiegu zaledwie 2671 km. Licytowane będzie bez ceny minimalnej już w najbliższą sobotę na NEC Classic Motor Show Sale w Birmingham.
1988 Ferrari GTS Turbo
Lot No.: 617
The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Chassis Number: ZFFZA28B000081307
Engine Number: TBA
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1988
The Ferrari GTS and GTB Turbo were launched in 1986 and were the final developments of the transverse V8 engine 2-seater Ferrari series. Essentially the GTS Turbo was, as the name implies, a turbocharged variant of the 328 GTS, but fitted with a 2 litre engine due to an Italian tax law that penalized engines larger than 2 litres. Like the 328 GTS, the GTS Turbo model presented a softening of the wedge profile of its predecessor, the 208 GTS Turbo, with a redesigned nose that had a more rounded profile, complemented by similar treatment to the tail valance panel. The body styling and cabin were the same as the 328 series and included all the latest aerodynamic and ergonomic improvements added by Pininfarina. It is interesting to note that this model offered performance comparable to the 328, which was powered by the naturally aspirated version of the 3.2-litre. 0-100 km/h took just 6.3 seconds and the top speed was 253 km/h.
From 1986 to 1989, a total of 828 GTS Turbos were manufactured by Ferrari. With the company once again turning its attention to turbocharged engines, these GTB and GTS Turbos can be seen as the forefathers of this most recent revolution. Having been made in such low numbers, they are eminently collectable cars today and would be appropriate additions to any collection.
Finished in Azzurro Blue with matching leather interior, this GTS Turbo was supplied new to Prince Jefri of the Brunei Royal Family. It remained in his large private collection until it was discovered by the current owner. After many years of professional storage and very limited use, the odometer is reading a mere 2,671 kilometers (1,659 miles).
The overall condition of this vehicle is stunning and commensurate with such a low mileage example. The panel fit and shut lines are beautifully consistent from every angle. The paintwork retains a superb shine and the interior is one of the very best we have seen. The engine bay looks very original and is in lovely condition. The car runs and drives well, but for added peace of mind, it will be serviced by a Ferrari specialist prior to the auction. A condition report will be made available to prospective bidders.
Supplied with its original service book and all necessary NOVA paperwork for registration in the UK, this has to be one of the lowest mileage examples in the world today. Offered without reserve, it represents an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire one of the rarest Ferraris in recent history.