Mark, I know what you mean, I love Ferraris for their racing, their engineering, the sound, feel and Pininfarina like art, but many people who can afford a car like this are posers. Don't take offence but in Melbourne, Porsche (particularly 911 owners) are the most vain posers around. Problem is, if you really want a Porsche, there are a lot out there for $20-50K AUD, not so with Ferraris, that club is far more exclusive. You get a lot of sleazy pony tail wearing, bandanna wearing idiots in these Porsches which are usually mid 70's to mid 80's models, and of course their other friend in the front seat with greasy pony tail and mandatory cigarette in the mouth. You don't see this with Ferrari owners, but I understand your point.
Hello. My name is Brin and I am about to buy my first Ferrari after wanting one ever since the first episode of Magnum in the seventies. (Yes I know) I am going to go for a 308 GTS or 328 GTS. Can anyone give me the site address of road tests I can read on these cars? As for the comments on 'posing' I have read, Possibly a little self confidence problem with some of you guys out there? Just enjoy yourself and keep an eye on the road instead of the mirror!!Cheers.
I must agree, I bought a 348 Challenge in 2000 with some money my dad left me, it was a dream realised as a life long enthusiast, and not an overpaid computer programmer (they buy Lotuses) or as I have learned from joining the Ferrari owners club, most owners are the ones that were bullied at school and so driven to prove to the world they are successful, when they reached their goal it was time to get their revenge, so they bought Ferraris. Shame, but true, and yes they have limited ability behind the wheel....
A lot of great info at: www.ferrarichat.com
I won a 328 GTS in a competition in 1991, it cost me £5.00 and I was one of 5 lucky winners. It only had 500 miles on the clock and when I sold it 3 months later it had about 3500.
It is the most exciting car I have ever had the pleasure in driving, even better than driving a TVR around silverstone on a track day. I thrashed it and pulled with it, although now married with 2 children I still yearn for it, but sadly cannot afford to buy one. When the kids leave home or I get divorced which ever is the soonest. I will endeavor to get one, even if it is classed as a classic by then.
I too love the 308/328, however, if I had the cash I would say the 288GTO beats the lot... even taking into consideration that the steering wheels always on the wrong side.
My name is marco. and my 328gts 1989 is the bollocks. and is far better than the 87 328 which has no a.b.s.
I just fulfilled a 25 year dream in Dec 2003 when I purchased my first Ferrari - a 1988 328GTS. The car is completely stunning, and in my opinion easily the most beautiful ever made. I have covered almost 1,000 miles now, and the car is becoming more fun each time I take it out. The power, the handling, the noise are all to die for. This car is everything I hoped it would be, and then some.
The most amazing thing about the 328 is the relatively low running costs. This is one of the worlds best kept secrets, with an annual service costing only 500 GBP, and insurance for less that 400 GBP per year, fully comp, based on 3,000 miles p.a. Trust me, you do not have to be a millionaire to buy one of these fantastic machines and realise your dream.
The 328 is one of the most timeless cars ever built. Truly it seems that most 328 owners have far more passion for their Ferrari than most of the modern Ferrari owners now days. They own a Ferrari for the passion not for the have!. But I have to be admit that the 288 GTO for me is the absolute Dream, it's an anabolic 328!
Ferrari 328 GTS owner
Each year my ferrari 328 gts gets closer in price to a 355. should I keep the 328 1988. or chop it in for a 355.
My 1989 328gts is the favorite car of over 100+ cars I have owned/driven. There are of course faster cars, more expensive cars, etc... but there are very few that have captured the soul of the Ferrari and what it has come to represent to most people. It is a great automobile in design, execution and purpose. Having had more expensive cars, or more "exotic" cars I can tell you first hand that the 328 delivers the definition of a "drivers car". It really doesn't get much better. If you want a car with lots of soul and something that makes you just peek in your garage to look at, the 328 fits the bill.
I've owned many Ferrari's over the years. The 328 is a well regarded secret; stunning, nimble, fast, and extremely reliable. Mine was an everyday driver for four years. I never experienced any major problems, just keep those belts fresh. The front engined twelve cyclinder cars are great fun, and basically long distance touring cars. the 328 is the classic sports car, and drives as though it's on rails. At $40,000 - $50,000 there are no other comperable alternatives.
I just payed a deposit for my first ever Ferrari which is a 1989 328 GTS.. Its the only one in Australia with a wide body kit which makes it look very sexy. I have never driven a Ferrari in my life and I'm counting the hours now and just can't wait after reading the comments on this site!
What a great site, and not a bad word about a 328 in sight. And I know why... they are brilliant. I bought mine in the UK in '96. It was only to be an investment. Well it still lives with me today, but now in Auckland, New Zealand (just like the 328...another secret treasure). Since I bought it we now share our space with the Mrs and 2 kids, but the car stays...right! It is a joy to drive and loves to be driven hard (at the track that is). Just one thing though, Marcos stated (19th Nov 2003) he felt his ABS model was 'much' better. I love you Marcos as a 328 fan, but get to the track and learn how to brake...you'll never trip the ABS when you learn to brake properly ;-)
Bravo, love the comments I'm reading so far. I also just realized the dream of ownership. I purchased a Ferrari 328 GTS red on tan. The car had an unbelievable 4855 original miles. It's an '89; one of the last ones built. The build date was December of 88. I paid a lot more than most because of its history and mileage, however it was worth it. The car is getting the fuel injection service and air condition service, and I'm putting a straight pipe on it. Make sure to remove your catalytic converters, or it will look like this.
Here are some pics of my car with my Mercedes. JJ email@example.com