Practical and Ferrari are not words often used to describe the same car, but the Mondial merits such description. Produced alongside the 328/348 line, the Mondial shared its sibling’s mechanical systems but they were packaged in a slightly larger 2+2 body. Styled by Pininfarina, the Mondial had larger doors and a back seat with some headroom. An extra luggage boot was placed behind the mid-mounted engine and claimed enough space for a bag of golf clubs.
The Mondial we are offering is a 1986 3.2 convertible. In addition to the larger engine capacity, the 3.2 added some subtle body changes in 1985, along with a redesigned and more agronomical interior. All Mondials had a tan Connelly leather interior but our car is presented in a less traditional but very handsome black exterior. The 5 speed gearbox, with its iconic Ferrari gated gear change mated to the glorious V8 ensure the experience ‘Autocar’ Magazine described as ‘a different world of motoring’
Powered by Ferrari’s 3 liter V8, the Mondial may not have been quite as spritely as the 328 but it still developed 235 hp and made this a superb grand tourer with the classic Ferrari sound. One of Maranello’s most successful cars, the Mondial was in production from 1980 through 1993 and was available in coupe or convertible form, the latter being the only four-seater, mid-engine full convertible produced.
Still somewhat of an unloved child, often in the shadow of the 328/348 line the Mondial has not gained from the enormous value rise of other Ferraris in recent years. The prancing horse has translated into a gentle and ongoing rise in values but the Mondial will never be a record breaker.
It may lack the cache of its two seat siblings, but the Mondial offers everything you would want from an 80’s Ferrari with extra room for the kids. This stunning black example is arguably more interesting than the retail red varieties and gets you into a Pininfarina convertible for a fraction of the price.