Manhattan Classic Car Club New York - Part 2
Michael explains the point system for taking out the cars. We then take a
drive around the city in a stunning 1989 Ferrari 328 and ask ourselves: why
do Italians have long legs and short arms? We learn to how not to stumble
out of a sports car, and take a look at the tough sounding 1967 Chevelle
Super Sport, the awesome 1966 Fastback Mustang, the very popular
Convertible Bentley, the 1972 "Lady Killer" Cheyenne pick up truck , and
the beautiful 1972 Detomaso Pantera.
Ferrari 328 GTS--Video Test Drive with Chris Moran
A pristine Ferrari 328 GTS from D&M Motorsports, presented by Chris Moran
The Ferrari 328 GTB and GTS was the successor to the Ferrari 308 GTB and
GTS. While largely based on the 308 GTB and GTS respectively, small
modifications were made to the body style and engine, including an increase
in engine displacement to 3.2 L (3185 cc). 7,400 Ferrari 328s were produced
by the time the model was replaced by the new 348 in 1989, bringing the
total for the 308/328 generation to nearly 20,000. The 328 is considered by
some Ferrari enthusiasts to be one of the most reliable Ferraris; unlike
some models, most engine maintenance can be performed without lifting the
engine from the vehicle.
The GTB referred to the Gran Turismo Berlinetta (coupé) body while the GTS
was a Gran Turismo Spider (targa top). In 1985, the 328 retailed from
$58,400-$62,500 ($115,300-$123,400 in 2008 dollars) in the United States.
This price included a gas-guzzler tax.
The 328 GTS model, together with the fixed roof 328 GTB, were the final
developments of the normally aspirated transverse V8 engine 2-seat series.
The 328 figures in the model title referred to the total cubic capacity of
the engine, 3.2 litres, and 8 for the number of cylinders. The new model
was introduced at the 1985 Frankfurt Salon alongside the Mondial 3.2
Essentially the new model was a revised and updated version of the 308 GTS,
which had survived for eight years without any radical change to the
overall shape, albeit with various changes to the 3-litre engine. The 328
model presented a softening of the wedge profile of its predecessor, with a
redesigned nose that had a more rounded shape, which was complemented by
similar treatment to the tail valance panel. The revised nose and tail
sections featured body colour bumpers integral with the valance panels,
which reflected the work done concurrently to present the Mondial 3.2
models, with which they also shared a similar radiator grille and front
light assembly layout. Thus all the eight-cylinder cars in the range shared
fairly unified front and rear aspects, providing a homogeneous family
image. The Exhaust air louvres behind
the retractable headlight pods on the 308 series disappeared, coupled with
an increase in the size of the front lid radiator Exhaust air louvre, which had been introduced on
the 308 Quattrovalvole models, whilst a new style and position of exterior
door catch was also provided. The interior trim also had a thorough
overhaul, with new designs for the seat panel upholstery and stitching,
revised door panels and pulls, together with more modern switchgear, which
complemented the external updating details. Optional equipment available
was air conditioning, metallic paint, Pirelli P7 tyres, a leather
dashboard, leather headlining to the removable roof panel plus rear window
surround, and a rear aerofoil (standard on Japanese market models).
In the middle of 1988 ABS brakes were made available as an option, which
necessitated a redesign of the suspension geometry to provide negative
offset. This in turn meant that the road wheel design was changed to
accommodate this feature. The original flat spoke "star" wheels became a
convex design, in the style as fitted to the 3.2 Mondial models, whether
ABS was fitted or not.
The main European market 328 GTS models had a tubular chassis with a
factory type reference F 106 MS 100. Disc brakes, with independent
suspension via wishbones, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, were
provided all round, with front and rear anti roll bars. There were various
world market models, each having slight differences, with right and left
hand drive available.
1987 Ferrari 328 GTS--D&M Motorsports Video Test Drive 2012 Chris Moran
A remarkable, museum-condition Ferrari 328 GTS from D&M Motorsports.
Presented by Chris Moran with AutoMedia.
The Ferrari 328 is the famed successor to the Ferrari 308. In the 1980s,
Ferrari experienced great success with the 308, gaining much fame from the
Magnum P.I. television series. With over 12,000 produced over a 10 year
run, it was far and away Ferrari's most successful model to date. Starting
as a fussy, high-maintenance carbureted V8 sports car, it was as enjoyable
as it was troublesome. Over the years, Ferrari continued to develop and
refine the car, making it a shockingly reliable and long-term usable
Italian exotic car. With the introduction of fuel injection in the early
1980s, the flexibility and use of the engine was much less temperamental
than the Weber carbureted cars. This made the car a much more friendly
daily companion. This car still sold in the $60K range, which kept it out
of reach for most.
The 328, while largely unchanged from the 308, celebrated the advancements
made through a decade of production, but added a larger engine with more
power and further refined the driving experience. On the exterior, changes
were as subtle as a revised front fascia and lights, body-painted front and
rear bumpers, and a new lower rear valance. Even with such minor changes,
the 328 instantly became a modern-day classic automobile.
With a 3.2 liter 32-valve V8 engine, the 328 produced 260 hp from the
factory. The added displacement enhanced the torque at low revs, and
upgraded engine management was proven to be very reliable. As new cars,
these cars were much more affordable to maintain, and today there are many
independent repair shops that specialize in mid-engine V8 Ferraris. In my
opinion, this car is the ideal car for the first time Ferrari buyer.
Behind the wheel, this car is an absolute treat. From the click of the
exterior door handle, you slide into the thinly padded seats and
immediately absorb the scent of Italian leather. I'm not sure how they do
it, but a well kept Ferrari always retains that smell of Italian leather.
Those of you who have experience it know exactly what I'm talking about.
On the road, you never want to shift into fourth or fifth. Of course the
car makes ample power to accelerate briskly in those gears, but the
symphonic overture behind your head is simply breathtaking. Over 3,000
RPMs, it actually seems as if the car is singing. Dig deeper in the rev
range and the sound becomes a crescendo of unbridled passion. It's an
experience everyone should have at least once in their lives. You can
almost hear the ghost of Enzo Ferrari.
When you are on the highway, rolling in 5th gear at 60 mph, downshifting to
third is a raw and visceral experience. Clutch down, stab the throttle,
slide through the gated shifter from 5th to 3rd, let the clutch out and
floor it. The sound produced along with the building momentum of speed
properly address what a genuine experience behind the wheel of a Ferrari is
That brings up another point. This is a car that has been loved. When I say
loved, I mean the previous owner started it and actually drove it. Some
people buy these cars, take them on short Sunday drives. Hell, some don't
drive them at all. After a while, the car may begin to run rough, hesitate
to start, or may trigger a check engine light. What most people aren't
always told is that these cars need to be run. By "run," you need to warm
up the fluids, stretch out the engine through it's RPM range, engage the
gears in the transmission, let the oil flow through all of the necessary
components within the engine. This allows the seals within the motor to
re-lubricate themselves, keeping the motor healthy for some time to come.
As a 10 year-old, I rode the Amtrak with my family to Denver, Colorado. On
the way there, I had the latest copy of Motor Trend magazine, which
featured an in-depth review of the Ferrari 328 that I must have read five
times in it's entirety. I remember back then wondering how long it would be
until I had the chance to experience that for myself. After a glorious
experience behind the wheel of one of my lifelong favorites, I can now
check this off the list.
On track in a Ferrari 328 GTS
I ride in my friend's 328 GTS, with many other Ferraris, on Road Atlanta
for the Ferrari parade laps during the 2010 Petit Le Mans racing weekend.
After uploading countless videos of racing on this track, I finally get to
experience Road Atlanta and it's vast elevation changes for myself!
If you don't want to sit through the whole video, skip to 5:57 for some
amazing acceleration sounds! Enjoy! :)
Ferrari 328 GTS
Ferrari 328 GTS
Fahrzeugtyp: Ferrari 328 GTS
Motor: V8 Zylinder
Hubraum: 3185 cm
Leistung: 198,6kW (270 PS) bei 7000 U/min
Max. Drehmoment: 304 Nm bei 5000 U/min
Leergewicht: 1273 Kg
Kraftübertragung: Hinterradantrieb, Fünfganggetriebe
Beschleunigung (0-100 km/h): 5,8 sec
Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 263 km/h
Old School Speed - Test Drive the Ferrari 328
Only 7400 were produced of the Ferrari 328, and we got a chance to check
one out. Join us for a test drive of this old school Ferrari.
For more behind the scenes stories check us out at www.presspass.tv
Blits Bezit - Ferrari 328 GTS
Deze week ontmoet je in AutoWeek Kees den Hertog, de bezitter van een heuse
Ferrari 328 GTS. Dit keer eens niet iemand met oud geld, of een belegger in
turbo's of een DJ. Kees is gewoon iemand
met een baan in het onderwijs...
Ferrari 328 Review
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