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Ferrari, which formed the Fiat Group in the early 1970s, had the unimaginable difficulty of "How can we sell more units?". One answer was to take a look at the strategy of the then-popular Porsche 911.
The Porsche 911 is a + 2 cabin sports car with real utility. As a successor to the Dino 246 GT, Ferrari has developed a 2 + 2 = 4 seater sports car with a V8 engine in the middle. Dino 308 GT4 (Later on to Ferrari 308 GT4). It was 1973.
Despite its exceptional packaging and athletic performance, the neat midship style of Bertone's Marcello Gandini has been overshadowed by the beautiful Pininfarina design 2 Sater Midship 308 GTB series, which debuted in 75.
In 1980, Ferrari unveiled the Pininfarina 2 + 2 Midship Model Mondial 8. We have succeeded in changing to a four-seater model and literally turning the world around.
Like the Dino 308 GT4, the Mondial 8 is based on the 308 GT series, which should have been its long-wheel-based counterpart. Therefore, every time the 308 series has a minor change, the Mondial series will be upgraded.
Model correlates show that Mondial 8 is equivalent to 308 GTBi and evolved into Mondial QV based on 308 GTB QV (Quattro Valvole) in 1982 and Mondial 3.2 based on 328 GTB in 1985. In response to requests from the North American market, Cabriolet, which has a soft-top that utilizes coupe forms, was added in 1983 during the Mondial QV era.
So far, the Mondial has only been available as a set with a 2 seater model, but the announcement was stunning in 1988. Mondial's V8 engine, which has an engine displacement of 3.4 to 3.2, is mounted very slowly from horizontal to vertical. This was also a stepping stone to the evolution to the 348 series, the successor to the 328 series.
This was the birth of the final model, the Mondial t, which was named after the fact that the engine was positioned vertically, resulting in the transmission being positioned horizontally (Draw t for landscape orientation).
The Mondial 8 and QV bumpers were black plastic, but the 3.2 and t have the same body color, giving them a more modern look. Mondial was produced until 1993, but more cabriolet bodies were produced. It is said that more than 30% of them were sold in the North American market.
|Jun Nishikawa’s Highlights!|
It runs only 25000 kilometers. This is the appearance of an individual that has been cherished by one new owner. Mondial is in great demand as a beginner's machine for vaulting horses, so it tends to be difficult to keep good quality animals, but the animals were in excellent condition both inside and outside. I don't even need to report in detail anymore.
In any case, everything is in its original state, and the Rosso Corsa's body has nothing to worry about except a 25000 pound scratch and touchup. I thought it was beautiful at first sight. You don't have to worry about the obvious problems such as the broken tail lamp and the defective rear power window during the interview because they will be fixed by the time of sale.
What surprised me more than the exterior was the interior. Since it's black leather, there are some small scratches, but the cushioning and the luster of the skin are perfect, and it will be finished from now on, so by the time it reaches the next owner, it will probably be shiny like a new car. Anyway, I can't stand this smell. The typical smell of the '80s Ferrari was still in the air.
There was one thing that wasn't original. It's a body-sized sci-fi sticker. This is a standard dress-up item now and in the past, but since it is a sticker, it is better to remove it. SF stickers are not suitable except for high performance models.
The retractable light and mid-ship model has a very low body line, a large cabin, and a 4-seater full open mid-ship, which are unparalleled. Mondial is the first and last to offer the package, layout and specifications (Open). It's too bad to call it an introductory model. If you like Ferrari, you can say that it is a model that you will keep in touch with Ferrari for a long time and will be full of flavor. This is a Ferrari that I want you to ride once, especially when you are tired of jumping up and down following the latest model.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Yukio Yoshimi
Published On August 2019
|Year of Purchase||Dec 1990|