Lot 050: Ferrari Mondial T
The Mondial 2+2 coupe was introduced as the Mondial 8 in 1980. It was the first Ferrari to depart from the company's familiar 3-digit naming scheme and was initially powered by the same mid/rear-mounted 214bhp 3-litre V8 as used in the Dino 308 GT4. The chassis was also based on the 308 GT4, but four inches longer in the wheelbase. Suspension was by double wishbones all around. The transmission was borrowed from Ferrari's F1 efforts and featured a transverse mounted gearbox which lowered the drive-line by five inches. The first Ferrari with power assisted rack-and-pinion steering, it also had air-conditioning as standard with climate control for both the driver and passenger.
Following some criticism of its relatively modest performance, Ferrari introduced a more potent version during the summer of 1982, the 240bhp QV. By 1985 the engine had grown to 3.2-litres and the output was now 270bhp. In 1989 came the last and best of the line, the Mondial T, which had a 300bhp, 3,405cc V8 engine now mounted longitudinally in the frame (rather than transversely) which greatly improved the handling. Along with the new engine came a completely new five speed transmission, ABS brakes, electronically controlled variable suspension and a three position manual suspension selector. Top speed was 159mph and the 0-60 sprint could be covered in 5.6 seconds. The exterior was modernized slightly and the interior was also revised with a new dashboard layout, different switchgear and folding rear seats.
When production ceased in 1993, some 6,800 Mondials had rolled off the Maranello production line, of which just 840 were Mondial T coupes. With its proven drive-train and four seat practicality, the Mondial is considered an ideal entry into the fabled prancing horse club and is one of the marque's most reliable and inexpensive to maintain models.
First registered in March 1990, this particular Mondial T has covered just 19,000 miles from new, most of them in the hands of the current vendor who has used the car regularly over the last five years. It has had eight services to date, mainly at specialists Greypaul, Talacrest and PJ Evans. Notable recent work includes a new cambelt in 2005 at 11,614 miles, four new shock absorbers in 2006, and a major service in April 2009 at 17,866 miles when all the fluids and filters were changed or checked.
It comes with all old MOTs back to 2002 (at 5,800 miles), a Thatcham approved alarm immobilizer, Kenwood CD player, overmats, seat covers, all its original handbooks and also its original tool-kit in a leather satchel. Currently MOTd until May 2010 and taxed until October, it is said to be in very good condition throughout and to drive beautifully.
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Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
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|Registration number||G562 WYL|
|Engine capacity (cc)||3405|
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