Because of the 1980s… a powerful V8 was not enough when a V12 existed in other products of the automaker. The model we see today on sale was bought back in 1985, and had an immediate “heart attack”, err, engine swap.
The owner took delivery of the car after optioning the car with this magnificent shade of Metallic Blue Chiaro, blue-piped white leather interior, a speedhump killing front spoiler and air conditioning. You would think somebody who just took home a Ferrari would be satisfied – but it seems the standard 2.9-liter V8 engine wasn;t nearly enough – so Nigel Hudson, who worked at Nigel Mansell’s Ferrari main dealer, Emblem Sports Cars, had to offer a 4.8-litre V12 engine from a Ferrari 400 to satisfy the client. And then… the model went into dry storage. Rediscovered back in 2013, the car went through a lengthy “no expense spared recommissioning”, for two years being out of commission.
Who was the one with the recommission – Nigel Hudson himself, who also took a look at the engine, gearbox, brakes, even the suspension. Now the car is turned out to make a profit at Silverstone Auctions’ 13 May event at Silverstone Wing. “With only 233 right-hand drive GTS QV were ever produced and they are considered by many to be the most desirable of all the 308 variations,” said Silverstone Auctions’ sales exec Will Smith “The addition of a V12 makes the car even rarer…”