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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Ferrari introduced its first turbocharged GTB model in 1982, utilizing technology from Formula 1 to create a new two-liter, Italian-market version of its popular Pininfarina-designed sports car. When the Ferrari 308 evolved into the improved 328, the GTB Turbo model improved with it. The engine now featured an upgraded turbo and intercooler, and the 328-based engine utilized internal improvements specific to the model. Unique exterior features such as NACA air ducts, extractor vents, a redesigned engine cover, and a standard roof spoiler make the GTB Turbo instantly distinguishable from all other variants. In all, a mere 308 examples were built from 1986 to 1989.
Italian car magazine Quattroruote compared a standard 328 GTS and a GTS Turbo in a June 1986 test, achieving similar acceleration and top-speed numbers. Notably, the distinctive torque and power band of the Turbo was deemed more rewarding for the enthusiastic driver.
The last-year GTB Turbo offered here is one of 44 fitted with antilock brakes and raised-rim convex wheels, features introduced for the 1989 model year. Sold new in Modena before joining a prestigious collection in Japan, the car showed less than 27,000 km at the time of cataloguing. While in Japan, the owner treated the car to a major service and respray in the original Rosso Corsa color to his fastidious standards, making for an extraordinary opportunity to acquire one of the rare and fascinating Ferraris of the 1980s.