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In February 1993, the 348 line-up was further enhanced by the arrival of Ferrari's first two-seat convertible since the 365 GTS/4 Daytona, production of which had ended way back in 1973. The 348 Spider was given a public debut on Los Angeles' Rodeo Drive and immediately became a big hit. Development work had begun around the start of the decade, these gorgeous Spider's having been designed as convertibles more or less from the ground up in an attempt to eliminate many of the structural problems normally associated with roadsters.
Lowering the manually-operated hood involved releasing a lever in the middle of the header, moving the top halfway back and then lowering the handbrake-like catch located next to the drivers seat. All that was then required was for the elegant hood cover to be fastened into place. Pininfarina's stunningly executed bodywork made the 348 Spider perhaps the best-looking convertible of the nineties, strengthened door gussets, hinges and shut posts meaning it sacrificed very little in the way of structural rigidity. On its launch, the Spider also pioneered a number of upgrades that would soon become standard on the rest of the 348 range. These included a more efficient exhaust system, new valve springs, timing belt and final drive ratios plus Bosch's improved Motronic 2.7 engine management. Options were limited to a set of fitted Schedoni luggage, metallic paint and a leather-covered tonneau. Production continued until 1996 by which time 1146 examples had been completed.
The car offered here by DK Engineering was delivered new in 1994 to Hong Kong and remained with it's first owner until importation into the U.K in 1999. During that 5 year period the car covered around 10,000 miles and was serviced no less than six times by the same HK based specialist. In the U.K the car has had four owners the last of which has owned this car since 2004. DK have serviced and looked after this 348 for the current owner since 2007 and can testify to the car's exceptional service record. The car will be supplied having had a fresh annual service (the cambelts were replaced in 2010). Presented in Rosso Corsa with Crema leather this spider has covered 27,000 miles form new. The car is currently in our showrooms just outside London and is absolutely ready to be used and enjoyed.