Ferrari 348 GTS
Although James Hunt was a childhood hero of mine, I have always had a passion for Ferrari ever since my father introduced me to F1 and the blood red Ferrari cars and the mysterious Enzo Ferrari, who lived for racing. Ferrari’s history and the Italian countries passion for the marque enthralled me. My ambition was to always own a Ferrari and in 2002 I finally decided that I was in a position to buy one, and I decided upon the Ferrari 348. After spending some time searching I came across a 348 GTS, one of the last 348’s made. It was located at the Ferrari specialist Foskers and was in the classic colour combination of Rosso Corsa with a Nero interior.
The Ferrari 348 GTS was one of the first usable supercars. It was a stunning car to look at, although it’s successor the 355 took it a step further. The targa top meant you could enjoy open top driving and enjoy the sound of the amazing 3.4 litre V8 that produced 320bhp, which was the highest output of almost any normally aspirated road car at the time. The interior was beautifully made, with luxury leather and pile carpets, and the driving position was low. The 348 GTS was not a straightforward car to drive with the open-gate manual gearbox taking time to master. It also took a few miles for everything to warm up, this included the gearbox and suspension. But once on an open dry road it showed great grip and handling.
Following on from the Ferrari 308 and 328 was never going to be an easy task, but when the 348 was launched at the 1989 Frankfurt Auto Show it’s fair to say that Ferrari appeared to have hit the spot once more.by Auto Express
After purchasing the Ferrari 348 GTS registration number L348 AKN, I realised that it was a very rare car with only 16 348 GTS being delivered to the UK. I decided to purchase a magazine with a Ferrari 348 GTS review and there was my car being driven in the review. I then wrote to Maranello Concessioners to see if they had any information about the car and I was thrilled to find out that my Ferrari 348 GTS was the official UK press car and had been to a number of prestigious car events including the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It also had some very rare options including Kevlar kick plates and a sports exhaust. As a press car it was also guaranteed to make the full power Ferrari had quoted.
I drove the car most days to work and also attended a number of events, after joining the Ferrari Owners Club. The highlight was a Jonathan Palmer experience day at Bedford Aerodrome organised by the Ferrari Owners Club. After the event you were able to drive your own car on track and I took my 348 GTS with an instructor for a number of laps. It was amazing drifting the car through the final corner and also spinning it a couple of times through a tricky complex before finally mastering it.
After two and a half years of very enjoyable ownership I sold the car and purchased a Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa.
The Ferrari 348 GTS specification was as follows: