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 extraordinary 328 GTS was originally sold and delivered to Mr C Renshaw (of Chesterfield), on the 1st of August 1989 by JCT 600. The car was specified in Rosso with Crema leather and ABS (an option on cars after 1988) as well as optional air conditioning and a leather dashboard. The car remained with the first owner until 1993 when the car had covered just a fraction over 1,000 miles and was then bought by its second Yorkshire based owner. The second owner, Mr Sall, sold the car to the current owner in 2007 with just 1861 miles on the clock. Today the car has covered only 1,900miles from new. The cars history file includes a number of mileage validating MOTs as well as all of the original books and leather pouch. The car's condition is as close to "brand new" as one could possibly expect. The car will be supplied following a major and cambelt service, this must be the closest thing to a brand new 328 possible.
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