An evolution of the stylistic masterpiece 308, the 328 brings a pleasant mechanical regularity and strength. Even its old charm has become accessible again…
touched by grace
The 328 represents the culmination of the excellent generation launched in 1975 by the 308 GTB. Spectacularly designed by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina, it was nevertheless hastily designed to make up for the 308 GT4’s relative lack of sales. To save time, its body is made of polyester, which makes it very light. Beautiful, powerful and with superior dynamic qualities, the 308 GTB delighted the audience and was met with great success. It was only in 1977 that his suit changed to steel, a hundred pounds heavier, and worse, in 1980 his cavalry dropped 214 hp (and even 208 hp in the USA) when needed to meet American pollution standards. injection (GTBi/GTSi versions), loss of dry sump and gaining very expensive Michelin TRX tires. But from the end of 1982, 308 cylinder heads with 4 valves per cylinder (Quattrovalvole versions) were saved, increasing the cavalry to 240 hp. And the miracle happened in 1985. The massively overhauled 308 became the 328, replacing its 3.0 l V8 with a 3.2 l 32 valve producing 270 hp, delivering even higher performance with a maximum of 263 km/h. Obviously, at 400,000 F (current €104,000), its price rises (+38,000 F), but it makes up for it by adopting a Testarossa-inspired enveloping shields and barrel that updates the look, as well as a much better finished cockpit. ABS is available even from 1988. First of all, the production quality is noticeably improved and the new stainless steel exhaust benefits from a much longer service life. That’s why the 328 is the best in the series for its engine and overall quality.
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Appearing in 1977, the convertible GTS, popularized by the Magnum television series, quickly represented a significant sales share, up to two-thirds of the 328 (1,344 GTB and 6,068 GTS), a huge success before being replaced. At the end of 1989, the controversial 348 tb. Also note the availability of 2.0 l versions designed for the Italian market. Tiny V8 initially satisfied with 155 channels in 208 of 1980 (160 GTB and 140 GTS). From 1982 it adopted a turbocharger for 220 hp (437 GTB and 250 GTS); this increased to 255 hp on the GTB/GTS Turbo in 1986 (losing the 208 name). Supercharged ones are interesting because they’re so rare (308 GTB and 828 GTS) and they’re definitely not underpowered.
What is the price ?
The beautiful 328 (44,000 km) showing this article sold for €59,800. Originating in Switzerland, however, it requires paying a 20% VAT to be registered in France. With side costs, it would cost just under €75,000, placing the laser market €10,000 higher by kilometer. As a general rule, count at least. From € 70,000 for a current car with overhaul. There is no noticeable price difference between the GTB and GTS versions.
Which version to choose?
It will be a matter of preference between the 328 GTB and the GTS. As for the 208, if the atmospheres are downright stagnant, the supercharged ones deserve attention, and France has a few.