The 328 GTS model, together with the fixed roof 328 GTB, were the final developments of the normally aspirated transverse V8 engine 2-seat series. The 328 figures in the model title referred to the total cubic capacity of the engine, 3.2 litres, and 8 for the number of cylinders. The new model was introduced at the 1985 Frankfurt Salon alongside the Mondial 3.2 series.
Essentially the new model was a revised and updated version of the 308 GTS, which had survived for eight years without any radical change to the overall shape, albeit with various changes to the 3-litre engine. The 328 model presented a softening of the wedge profile of its predecessor, with a redesigned nose that had a more rounded shape, which was complemented by similar treatment to the tail valance panel. The revised nose and tail sections featured body colour bumpers integral with the valance panels. The exhaust air louvres behind the retractable headlight pods on the 308 series disappeared, coupled with an increase in the size of the front lid radiator exhaust air louvre, which had been introduced on the 308 Quattrovalvole models, whilst a new style and position of exterior door catch was also provided. The interior trim also had a thorough overhaul, with new designs for the seat panel upholstery and stitching, revised door panels and pulls, together with more modern switchgear, which complemented the external updating details.
This 1989 example is one of the last cars built, delivered new by JCT600 the car was one 542 U.K Cars. The car was originally specified with ABS (an option on cars after 1988) as well as optional air conditioning and leather dashboard. This 328 was used very sparingly in the first keeper's ownership and when sold to the current owner in 1998 by M.H.T the car had covered approximately 5,000 miles. The car was placed in dry storage in 1998 and as such the mileage remains at just a fraction over 5,000. In November 2012 the car was treated to a major and thorough recommissioning at DK Engineering which included new tyres, a major cambelt service and new injectors.
This extremely low mileage example is in superb cosmetic and mechanical condition is ready to be used and enjoyed by its new owner.
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