When it made its debut in 1985, the Ferrari 328 GTB was more of an evolution of its predecessor, the 308 GTB, than a new model in its own right. Surprising, since the 308 had been on the market for nearly 10 years at that point. Chalk it up to the amazing popularity of the now iconic 308, you know, the Magnum, P.I. car. Don’t mess with a good thing, right? Still, in a time where performance and technology are progressing by leaps and bounds every few years, it’s hard to imagine a model soldiering on for 14 years with so few changes.
So, what exactly were those changes? Well, the headliner is the increase in engine displacement, from the 308’s 2.9 litres up to 3.2 for the new model. Thanks to the bump in size and a new Marelli electronic ignition system, power was rated at 270 bhp, while the torque rating came in at 231 lb-ft. Matched against a kerb weight of only 1325 kg, the 328 was able to reach 62 mph in only 6.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 263 kilometres per hour. The sole gearbox fitted to the 328 was a 5-speed manual unit.
Stylistically, the 328 can be hard to distinguish from the 308 if you are not intimately familiar with these two models. The most striking change made to the exterior is the rounded off, body-coloured front and rear bumpers. Whereas the 308 had those razor-sharp edges, the 328 has a softer countenance with much less black cladding involved. Thankfully, the interior updates were more thorough than a minor face-lift; seats, door panels, and switchgear were all new, giving the entry-level Ferrari a sleeker, more modern appearance.
With a reputation as one of the more reliable and easily-maintained used Ferraris out there, the 328 has remained a popular model. Between the GTB and its Spider sibling, the 328 GTS, the GTB is a much rarer find, with only about 20% as many sold during its production run from 1985 to 1989.