The 348 has good performance, is fun to drive, comfortable, and has eye-catching styling. The service issues have proven to be more myth than reality
The Ferrari 348 had the unenviable task of following up Maranello’s best-selling 308/328 duo. A truly innovative design, it was the first Ferrari to be based on a robot-welded monocoque. Cradled by a separate subframe, its quad-cam, 32-valve, 3,405-cc V8 was longitudinally mounted with a transverse gearbox. Developing 300 hp, the 348 was a near performance match for its Testarossa big brother (0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds and a 171 mph top speed). The two also shared a number of styling cues. The 348 was the king of the junior supercars until the arrival of its 355 successor.
This red with black left-hand-drive example is described as “absolutely superb.” Reportedly treated to a £3,000 ($5,000) gearbox overhaul, new tires, fresh brakes, and replacement cam belt service at 63,000 km, it now shows 80,000 km on its odometer. Ready to be driven away from today’s sale, it is worthy of close inspection.