1985 Ferrari Mondial

1985 Ferrari Mondial 1985 Ferrari Mondial 1985 Ferrari Mondial
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina
Chassis #: ZFFUC15A1F0057303
Sold for $22,680 at 2014 Russo & Steele - Scottsdale.
The Ferrari Mondial was designed by Pininfarina and wears coachwork by Scaglietti. This example has just 58,000 miles. The notoriously slow windows have been upgraded with window accelerators in both doors. The car is finished in its original Rosso Corsa red paint with black leather interior.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
1985 Ferrari Mondial 1985 Ferrari Mondial
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina
Originally, a cabriolet was a light horse-drawn carriage. Developed in France in the late 18th century, it quickly became the preferred vehicle for hire. In its shortened form - 'cab' it has become synonymous with such a conveyance. Ferrari chose 'Mondial' to honor its win with the famed 500 Mondial race car of the early 1950s. It was conceived as a practical model, offering 2+2 seating. The body design is by Pininfarina. It is the only 4-seat, mid-rear engine convertible automobile ever manufactured in regular production. Just 629 were built between 1983 and 1985. It is powered by a 3.0-liter fuel injected 32-valve overhead camshaft V-8 engine developing 245 horsepower mated to a 5-speed transmission capable of 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds. The current owner first acquired it in 1997, sold it in 19999 and repurchased it in 2000.
1985 Ferrari Mondial 1985 Ferrari Mondial 1985 Ferrari Mondial
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina
Between 1982 and 1985, Ferrari produced just 629 examples of the Mondial Convertible. The Mondial was the first production car to feature 2+2 seating in a mid-engine car.

This Ferrari has just 37,548 miles on the odometer and is powered by a 3-liter 32 valve V8 engine offering 240 horsepower and connected to a 5-speed manual transmission. It is finished in Rosso Corsa red paint and has black Connolly leather hides and a black convertible top, metric wheels with original TRX tires, and a well preserved interior.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016
The Pininfarina designed Mondial 8 was debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in 1980 as a replacement for the 308 models. It used the same 2927cc quad-cam V8 mounted transversely behind the seats. The US version produced 205 bhp while the other versions produced 214 bhp. The transmission was borrowed from their F1 efforts and featured a transverse mounted gearbox which lowered the drive-line by five inches.

This was the first Ferrari with power assisted rack-and-pinion steerings. Air-conditioning was standard with climate control for both the driver and passenger.

The Mondial 3.2 was produced from 1985 through 1988 with power coming for a V8 engine having a larger bore and stroke and displacing a total of 3.2-liters. Horsepower rose to 270 and the weight distribution was optimized adding to the cars performance and its mid-engine persona. Other changes were minor, such as painted bumpers and new wheels. In 1987, anti-lock brakes became standard, improving not only the vehicles performance but also its safety. On the inside, Ferrari gave it a few modern updates and changes.

In 1989, the Ferrari Mondial t was introduced. The 't' referenced a new transversely mounted gearbox, which allowed the engine to be positioned lowered, improving weight distribution and handling. The engine had also received modifications. Instead of mounting the engine transversely, as was done in the prior Mondials, the engine now sat longitudinally in the chassis. Its bore and stroke was enlarged giving it a displacement of 3405 cc. The 3.4 liter V8 was capable of producing between 270 through 300 horsepower, depending on the configuration. The Euro-specs did not have to comply with as-strict emission standards and were capable of producing greater horsepower. Top speed was achieved at 156 mph with zero-to-sixty taking just 5.6 seconds.
Minor visual changes accompanied the mechanical changes for the Mondial t. Rectangular engine air intakes could now be found on the rear wings. The seats, dash, and center console were modernized.

In 1993, Ferrari offered a Valeo transmission which allowed the driver to manually change gears without the use of a clutch. Though the Valeo system was revolutionary and worked extremely well, only a few Mondial t's opted for this option. By 1997 the F1-style transmissions superceded the Valeo system.

During the production lifespan of the Mondial t, the cabriolet versions proved to be more popular with over 1000 examples being produced. Around 840 Coupes were constructed.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007

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