Displacement: 2,927 cc
Horsepower: 237 bhp @ 7,000 rpm
Engine Torque: 192 ft lb @ 5,000 rpm
Top Speed: 156 mph
0 - 60 mph: 6.7 seconds
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The most iconic shaped V8 Ferrari ever produced bowed in 1975 at the Paris Auto Show as a replacement for the equally delightful 246 Dino. It was styled by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti. No stranger to gorgeous Ferrari's, having previously designed the 365 GTB/4 'Daytona", the 246 Dino and the 512 BB. The car was an instant success and became the best selling Ferrari to date. There were only minor changes to the car through its ten-year run but the most significant of these would have to be the introduction of the four valve engine in 1982. This restored the waning power of the ever-tighter emission control stipulations and consequently made them the most desirable iteration built (with the possible exception of the 712 early-production fiberglass cars.
This car was built in April 1984 and is finished in the extremely desirable 'Tour de France' blue (named as a tribute to the legendary 250 GT LWB Berlinettas that so dominated the grueling, ten-day 'Tour de France' automobile race in the late fifties) and is upholstered with Tan leather. It has benefitted from a Tubi exhaust, 19" OZ Racing wheels (the originals are supplied with the car) shod with new tires, suspension upgrades, 355 Brembo brakes, performance engine mounts, an alloy radiator with increased cooling capacity and a high volume water pump. Additionally, the major service with new timing belts was performed a year ago. It is complete with a period Blaupunkt Sacramento stereo and the original books & tools.
As you might expect, as a result of all this work, it drives beautifully. So, dig out your best Hawaiian shirt, grow a thick moustache, hire a fake English butler and live out all your Magnum P.I. fantasies!