Everyone wants to have, throughout his life, a Ferrari in its garage. But is well known that buying and mantain a Ferrari is not cheap. Here we will show a list of some of the most afordable Ferrari to enter in the Maranello’s world.
Ferrari Mondial 8, QV, 3.2 and T (1980-1993)
The Mondial is the perfect model to enter in the Ferrari world. The car was produced between 1980 and 1993, with some different versions. The first Mondial, the 8, used a mid/rear-mounted Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection V8, shared with the 308 GTBi/GTSi, mounted transversely that produces 214 hp (160 kW), proven drivetrain, four seats, and relatively low cost of maintenance (major services performed without removing the entire engine/transmission subframe).
In 1982, Ferrari introduced the Mondial Quattrovalvole or QV, with the new four-valve head. As the 8, the engine was shared with the contemporary 308 GTB/GTS QV, and produced a much more respectable 240 hp (179 kW).
The Mondial 3.2 was launched in 1985, and the engine grew in both bore and stroke to 3.2 L (3,185 cc). Output was now 270 PS and Ferrari offered it in both Coupé and Cabriolet forms, styling refreshed with restyled and body-coloured bumpers, similar to the 328. This model retained the relatively low maintenance costs of the 308/328 drivetrain, allowing major service items like timing belt and clutch replacement performed with the engine/transmission package still in the car.
The last version of the Mondial, the T , was launched in 1989 and the engine was up to 3.4 L (3405 cc) and 300 hp (224 kW), mounted longitudinally while the gearbox remained transverse, thus forming a ‘t’. The maintenance cost are higher than the previous models, because the engine must be get off the car to do major service items like timing belt and clutch replacement.
Production years: 1980-1993
Price: 25.000€ – 65.000€
Ferrari 348 TB, TS, GTB, GTS (1989-1995)
The Ferrari 348, the “mini-testarossa”, is an amazing Ferrari to start the Maranello life. It was produced between 1989 and 1995, and is a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive V8-powered 2-seat sports car that replaced the 328.
The 348 was offered as a coupe, targa or spider, and features a normally aspirated 3.4-litre version of the quad-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder V8 engine. It produces 300 hp (224 kW), is mounted longitudinally and coupled to atransverse manual gearbox, like the Mondial t with which the 348 shared many components. This was a significant change for Ferrari, with most previous small Ferraris using a transverse engine with longitudinal transmission.
The mainteinance cost are a bit expensive, because the engine must be removed from the car to do major service items like timing belt and clutch replacement.
In late 1993, the 348 was revised, featuring subtle styling changes (front grille, rear chrome Cavallino and removable seat cushions) and more power, this time producing 320 hp from the same 3.4-litre engine, with an improved engine management system – Bosch Motronic 2.7, new exhaust system. The revised cars are called 348 GTB and GTS.
Production years: 1989-1995
Price: 40.000€ – 100.000€ (GTB & GTS)
Ferrari 360 modena (1999-2005)
The 360 modena was the model which Ferrari designed to enter the 21st century. The successor of the F355 , was fitted with a new V8 engine, 3.6 litre capacity, flat plane crankshaft, titanium connecting rods and generates 400hp (294 kW). The new all aluminium space-frame chassis was 40% stiffer than the F355 which had utilized steel, and the design was 28% lighter despite a 10% increase in overall dimensions.
Its six-speed gearbox is available as a manual, or an F1 electrohydraulic manual. We prefer manual option, as it involves the driver more with the car, and the mainteinance cost is lower thant the F1, which is very agressive to the clutch. The bad point of the car is the mainteinance cost. The clutch must be done every 20.000km – 30.000km and the timig belt every 2 years. As the other V8 lungitudinal engines, it must be removed from the car to do major service.
For us, is the real bargain of Maranello, a Ferrari with a modern design and great performance, preferably the manual option.
Production years: 1999-2005
Price: 50.000€ – 85.000€