CHASSIS NO: ZFFRG35A5R0098818
• 1 of only 32 factory Challenge race cars produced by Ferrari
• One of the only cars that was never raced
• Only 20,772 miles from new
• Exceptional original condition
• Included are books, tools, records, window sticker and extra keys
3,405 cc DOHC V-8 engine, Bosch Motronic fuel injection, 312 HP at 7,200 RPM, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, four-wheel double-wishbone suspension with coil springs and shock absorbers
The 348 Challenge cars were the first in the line of the Ferrari Challenge models which are still being produced to this day. As an important part of modern Ferrari history, genuine Challenge cars are now becoming increasingly sought-after. These original factory race cars were modified from the factory with special features that included factory roll bar mounts, racing belt eyelets behind the driver and passenger seats, lightweight fiberglass bumpers and modified suspension geometry. These special factory race cars were then shipped from Maranello to authorized Ferrari dealers for their final Challenge specification parts to be installed. These items included OMP roll cages, OMP racing seats, OMP five-point harnesses, 18” Speedline wheels, Challenge specification exhausts, Challenge springs and more. The Ferrari 348 and 355 Challenge cars have the distinction of being the last Ferrari factory racing cars produced that could be driven on the street and mark the end of an era. These last Challenge cars still retained a manual gearbox and do not have on-board computers, traction control and F1 gearboxes, making them fairly easy to repair and service. These cars are raw, pure and very fun to drive.
Ferrari produced just 32 factory Challenge cars for the American market. This exceptional example, Chassis Number 098818, was delivered new to Ferrari of Monterey, in Monterey, California. The owner’s manual was signed by none other than Al Roberts, of Ferrari Challenge fame. What is most unusual and of interest to many Ferrari historians is the fact that the words “Challenge Package” and “Ferrari 348 TB Challenge” are written on its original factory window sticker. Equally rare is the fact that this 348 Challenge is potentially one of only three or four of these cars never converted for racing. It has never been raced and has spent its entire life as a road car in Southern California. This highly desirable Ferrari is in stunning original condition with original paint, original interior and with all its rare and identifiable Ferrari 348 Challenge specifications. Equally at home on the road or on the track, this is a rare chance to acquire one of the most significant Ferraris of the era.