Lot 186A: Ferrari Mondial T Cabriolet
By 1980 Ferrari's competent but unloved 308GT4 was in need of replacement. Demand had been low compared to the more stylised GTB, which, though only a strict two seater, was not actually that much less commodious than the 2+2 GT4, whose rear seats were all but useless. For the GT4's replacement Ferrari played safe and stuck to the proven formula by asking Pininfarina to design the shape, thereby hopefully overcoming the resistance that the buying public had shown to Bertone's more restrained style of the earlier car.
The Mondial was shown at the 1980 Geneva Salon and despite its Pininfarina coachwork it was similar underneath to its predecessor, so it was sure to be good. The 3.0 litre 90 degree V8 engine with quad cams, driven by rubber belts was retained, but unlike the earlier car, electronic fuel injection was incorporated, in order to comply with stricter emissions regulations.
1984 saw the introduction of the Mondial Cabriolet, the first true convertible Ferrari since the early seventies. This version was lighter than the coup�, by about 100lbs, and significantly it was introduced with four valve cylinder heads, this engine type being recognised by its quattrovalve designation. With slight revisions to the front suspension the Mondial Cabriolet had become one of the most civilised and pleasurable Ferraris to drive, always winning high praise from motoring journalists around the world.
The last development of the model the Mondial T received a 296bhp, 3,405cc V8 engine mounted longitudinally in the frame. Along with the new engine came a completely new five speed transmission, electronically controlled variable suspension, and a three position manual suspension selector. Top speed was 159mph and the 0-60 sprint could be covered in 6.3 seconds.
The car on offer today has been cherished throughout its life and is resplendent in red with a magnolia hide interior. The speedometer shows only 13,303 miles and is perhaps one of the lowest mileage Mondial's on the market.
With all the usual refinements of Ferraris most popular recent models with the added benefit of open topped motoring you would be hard pushed to think of a better car with which to enjoy the summer months.
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Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£15000|
|Registration number||G28 TRR|
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|Number of doors||2|