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1992 FERRARI 348 TB - LHD

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This Ferrari 348 TB is an evocative modern classic supercar, finished in the quintessential Ferrari colour scheme of Rosso Corsa over a Nero interior and benefitting from an extensive service earlier this year. It is powered by the 3.4-litre quad-cam V8 engine, which drives the rear wheels via the transversely-mounted five-speed manual transmission – hence the model’s TB or ‘Transversale Berlinetta’ suffix. The odometer displays 82,800km (51,450 miles) from new.

An original left-hand drive example, this car was first registered in Belgium in 1992 and was first registered with the DVLA in the UK in August 1997. Its log book shows three prior keepers in the UK, and the current owner has enjoyed it for the past six years. During this time it was featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Enzo magazine, as part of a larger 348 group test, with famed motoring journalist Andrew Frankel behind the wheel.

Finished in eye-catching Rosso Corsa, this 348 TB’s Pininfarina-designed bodywork is in very smart condition and appears to be entirely free of dents, scuffs and accident damage. Professionally resprayed during the car’s life, the paintwork is described by the seller as being in excellent condition and exhibits only a few signs of its age, including two small stone chips on the bonnet and chipping around the driver’s door lock; however these are minor issues and do not detract from the handsome overall appearance.

In April 2020, the front valance, side skirts and lower rear bumper section were refinished in their original matt black hue for a factory-correct look and remain in great shape. All of the badging and trim presents well, and the glass is also in generally good order, though there is a hairline crack visible in the rear screen.

This 348 rides on the correct set of 17-inch five-spoke Speedline alloy wheels, with the rear items being pushed further out into their arches by a pair of Hill Engineering spacers. All four are in overall sound condition but would benefit from refurbishment to correct some general scratches and kerb scuffs to their surfaces.

The interior is clad in black leather, which presents very well throughout. Both seats are free of any rips or tears, with the only clear indicators of their age being some light wear and creasing to the upholstery. Taking centre-stage, the iconic gated gear shifter rises from the transmission tunnel, and is in very good order.

There is some general wear to the leather covering the door pulls and some small scuffs to the lower dashboard and door cards, but this is commensurate with the car’s age. All of the interior’s plastic surfaces are smooth and unmarked, having recently been treated by a Ferrari specialist to correct the age-related stickiness that commonly afflicts Italian cars of this era. The interior buttons, switches and electrical items all work without fault and there are no warning lights displayed on the dashboard.

Described by the seller as being in excellent mechanical condition, this 348 TB has been cared for by Ferrari specialists during their six years of ownership. Its last routine maintenance was carried out in April 2020 at approximately 82,000km by The Ferrari Centre in Kent, which also serviced the brakes and handbrake, treated the interior plastics, and repainted the lower front valance in black.

Earlier this year, the car also received a major engine-out service, including replacement of the cam belt, water pump and other items, with bills for 2020 coming to a total of £6,500. Prior to this, it was recently serviced by Ferrari specialist Foskers in 2015 at around 81,000km, before being placed in storage until earlier this year.

Almost entirely original, this 348 TB’s one aftermarket component is a bespoke Nouvalari stainless steel sports exhaust system, which mimics the look of the factory item, but enhances the aural character of the naturally aspirated V8.

Its most recent MOT test was conducted on 2 April 2020 at 82,337km, resulting in a clean, advisory-free pass after the aim of the offside front headlamp was corrected. The wheels are shod in Continental SportContact tyres, which are all in excellent condition, having covered approximately 1,000 miles since they were fitted. The front items are size 215/50 R17, while the rears measure 255/45 R17.

Accompanying the car are all of its handbooks, original tool kit, and various paperwork for previous services and maintenance.

This Ferrari 348 TB is an impressive example of the marque’s first modern-era supercar, presented in iconic Rosso Corsa and maintained by Ferrari main dealers and specialists. Mechanically well-sorted, and in good order both inside and out, this Italian thoroughbred is ready for its next owner to get behind the wheel, put their foot to floor and experience the tactile joy that only a open-gate manual gearshift can provide.

All cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

Please note: the cherished plate shown in the photos is not included in the sale. It is currently registered on the age-related registration of J953 WRD.

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