1988 Ferrari Mondial Coupe
- Condition: Used
- Make: Ferrari
- Model: Mondial
- Type: Coupe
- Year: 1988
- Mileage: 44,000
- VIN: ZFFXD21A0J0076486
- Color: Black
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Power options: Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Interior color: Red
- Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes
- Options: Sunroof, Leather Seats, CD Player
- Vehicle Title: Salvage Want to buy? Contact seller!
1988 Ferrari Mondial
It's time to change around my small collection so I'm listing both of my Ferrari Mondials.
This one is a 1988 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Coupe. From what I can tell, nly a total of thirty-five (35) 1988 coupes were imported into North America. That makes this one a rare car. The car was originally a US car that was exportedto Canada a few years ago. I reimported it last year. I have the paperwork and a clean title, f course.NOW..READ THIS: Ever have one of those days? My earlier ad for this car was pulled by ebay. Upon investigation it’s because in 1992 the car was issued a rebuilt title! Just like the other Mondial Ihave llistedthe seller did not disclose this when I bought the car. Continuing my genius themeI did not run a Carfax assumingthat a car this old would not be listed in Carfax...Wrong! Carfax will show history (if available ) on cars built after 1981.
When the car was on the lift for an engine out major (to reseal the engine) at European Road and Racing during his open house, ots of people saw the bottom of this car and everyone commented on it's cleanliness. It looks beautiful and laser straight underneath. I have no idea what kind of incident would have resulted in a salvage title.
PLEASE NOTE: The car was issued a clear title at some point in the past. I selected salvage on the title description;however, he title isa CLEAR South Carolina title.
I'm not going to sell you on the virtues and vices of the Mondial. You can be an armchair expert and internet research these cars to your hearts content. I can tell you that the Mondial is starting to be appreciated for what it is...a fast, omfortable GTclassFerrari with all the right pedigree (designed by Pininfarina and the same engine and transaxle as in the 328) that makes all the right Ferrari sounds. A Mondial looks much better in person. If you have never seen the car, on't pass judgment until you see one in the flesh.
My car is a 1988 modelwhich is thefinal model year that retained the relatively low maintenance costs of the 308/328 drivetrain, llowing major service items like timing belt and clutch replacement to be performed with the engine/transmissionstill in the car.With a black exterior and a red interior, he car gets plenty of attention.
The best way to get to know a car is to go over it section by section. Let's get started:
Exterior- I believe the paint to be mostly original or a quality repaint. It's in surprisingly good shape with minimal (if any door dings). No rust, f course. Being black it shows dirt and much of what you see in the pictures is dust or bugs from my morning drive (yes..it gets driven). All glass is good and has the Ferrari logo. The side strakes are unbroken and all badges/lenses are excellent. The view from the rear of this car is classic Ferrari!
Interior - In one word, eautiful. The car interiorlooks much newer than it is. No dash cracks, eather shrinkage, r any real wear other than a little on the driver's bolster. The car has custom floor mats protecting the red carpet. The 5 speed shift gate gleams and all the gauges are clear. You will be very happy with the interior.
Tires/Brakes - The tires are new Michelins installed in December of last at 42,237 miles. The brakes are $4000 upgraded Tarox High performance brakes units. Look them up...this is quality stuff. I was giving a friend of mine who owns a GT3 a ride a couple months ago. He was bragging about his brakes. I told him to hold on and hit the brakes (I didn't even hit them hard enough to engage ABS). His statement was "Holy S#%t!"...... enough said.
Drive Train - The engine wasremoved and resealedby Karl Troy of European Road and Racing in Charleston, C. While the engine was out the major service was done and new axle boots were installed. Total bill was $8769. You wont need to do a major now for another 4 or 5 years. No smoke on startup or on overrun. The engine does not leak oil, he transmission shifts cleanly (balks going into second until the oil is warm...they all do. Just shift from 1st to 3rd until the oil warms up). Oil pressure while driving is around 80 psi...as it should be. Car never runs hot. The gauge barely moves above the first hash mark while driving and if stopped the dual cooling fans kick in around 190 and cool the engine quickly. The only minor issue is the car will not idle when cold. You have to keep the rpm's up for a minute or so until the engine starts warming up. After that it's fine.
Electrical - the headlights (high and low beam) as well as interior lights were upgraded with Xenon units (see pictures). They are very bright and work well. All the gauges work, ll the switches work, he radio power antenna works, nd even the SUNROOF WORKS! The only item not working is the glovebox switch. It was not working when I bought the car and Ihave never tried to open it. For all I know it's full of cash! The a/c works; albeit it is not as cold as was earlier this year. It needs to be converted to 134a. The windows go up and down quickly and the door locks operate correctly (unlocking the driver's door unlocks both doors)
Books, ecords, nd Tools - The car has the jack. It did have the tool kit; however, t was apparently stolen. I have my suspicions of when it happened; however, ithout proof its a moot point. I do have the manuals. The car has an EXTENSIVEamount of records and receipts going back over 20 years detailing the large amounts of money lavished on the car. The god news about that is the receipts prove the car has been well maintained.
I told Karl when he did the major that I wanted everything done so that I would be able to drive this car across the US. I feel very confident that I could do just that. I drove the car on a 700+ mile round trip to the NC mountains in September without any issues. The car is close to 30 years old and is sold with no warranty expressed or implied. However, f you want to fly in and drive back I wouldn't blame you!
Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. Payment via cash, ire, r other agreed method.
Engine out service at European Road and Racing:
Picture from my trip to NC in September