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Initially ordered by Maranello Concessionaires/Ferrari UK ,and confirmed by the factory on the 24th May 1993 order number 1461 was for metallic Black 901/C with Crema hide 3997 and Rosso carpets. The order was amended by Maranello Concessionaires Allan Mapp to Grey hide 3393 and Black carpets ,although it seems Ferrari seemed to have forgotten their own records as it still shows with the original colour combination! This is one of just 14 348 GTB's imported by Ferrari UK ,this being the only Black example.
The car was completed and invoiced by the factory on the 13th December 1993,two days after my colleague Mark Hawkins had taken an order for it from a Mr and Mrs Martins da Silva .
Invoiced by Ferrari UK/Maranello Concessionaires Ltd to Maranello Sales Ltd on the 25th April 1994.The car was registered to Mrs Deborah Martins da Silva on the 23rd April 1994.The then list price was £78,999.95 plus delivery charges, number plates and road tax and included a two year warranty.
Apparently purchased by Mr J.S Kemp on the 10th April (unreable year) with 6,500 miles from then Ferrari agents ,Evans Halshaw.
By 2002 the car was in the ownership of a Mr David Milne where it was maintained by Scottish Ferrari agents ,Glenvarigill. between July 2001 July 2003 with 16,237 to 20,001 miles.
The sixth owner, Mr Syeed Ali bought the car from specialist ,Nick Cartwright on the 23rd June 2005 with 25,193 miles for £35,000 registering it first to his brother ,then himself on the 1st December 2006,thus adding an additional owner .
Over Mr Ali's ownership a large file of invoices was acquired with particular attention paid to the vehicles geometry ,fitting 355 seats and wheels.
The last owner from Yorkshire bought it from Ferrari specialist, Tim Walker on the 24th January 2017 to replace his 348 TS and to join his 328 GTS which I supplied in November 2006 and his 360 Challenge Stradale. The car was returned to "standard" save for the 355 bonnet vent ,as 348 item was not currently available, and having had the seats re-trimmed in Black rather than Grey hide.
The car is complete with a factory original service book as well as a continuation book, handbooks wallet tools, past invoices and MOT certificates.
History: 348 GTB
Modified from the 348 TB, the 348 GTB was a two-seater berlinetta with dynamic performance characteristics worthy of the marque’s highest traditions. Its sports orientation was best expressed on the track, as proven by the 348 Challenge, which saw this car race on circuits in Europe and the US. Its styling was harmonious and aerodynamically efficient, and the mid-mounted V8 engine ensured perfect weight distribution and class-beating power.
This was a two-seater berlinetta with all of the characteristics drivers had come to expect from Maranello. Although extremely versatile to drive, the 348 GTB really only came into its own on the track thanks to its extreme sportiness, a fact demonstrated amply in the 348 Challenge in Europe and the USA. It was styled by Pininfarina.
The 348 GTB had superbly balanced, efficient lines that took a strong lead from the classic Ferrari styling cues, and sported a steel and aluminium body. It was a particularly beautiful car too, thanks to intensive work carried out in the wind tunnel to refine its aerodynamic shape. Its interior volumes and driver position were designed for maximum comfort given its sporty set-up, while the seats and trim were a plush Connolly leather.
The 348 GTB had a steel monocoque with differentiated tubular elements and a tubular rear sub-frame for the engine-suspension assembly. The suspension was independent unequal-length wishbones front and rear. It had coil springs over gas-filled telescopic dampers, and stabiliser bars. The steering was rack and pinion. The car also had self-venting disc brakes with ATE antiskid.
The mid-rear 3405 cc 90° V8 engine was mounted longitudinally and punched out 320 hp. It had twin overhead cams with four valves per cylinder and a Bosch M 2.7 control unit. The 348 GTB also had dry sump lubrication, a five-speed plus reverse transverse gearbox in unit with the self-locking differential, and a single-plate dry clutch.
Taken from Ferrari's own website
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