>The Ferrari Mondial is one of the most affordable Ferrari cars out there today. If you are planning on buying one, you are at the right place as we will take you through some of their common problems seen along with their current valuations.

Owning a Ferrari at least once is high on the list for all true Ferrari enthusiasts. The prime Italian sports cars have been in the focus of automotive enthusiasts for over 70 years, constantly introducing world-class performance cars that pushed the limits further.

Of course, such accomplished vehicles were never cheap with the prices of classic models like the Ferrari Testarossa rising.

However, what if we say to you that there is a way that you can experience classic Ferrari ownership for the price of a well-appointed mid-size family SUV?

The Ferrari Mondial is an affordable Ferrari with many great attributes. Featuring the styling by Pininfarina and bodywork by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, the Mondial is very comfortable, sounds great, and has loads of room in the back for the kids.

Simon Clay ©2014 Courtesy of RM Auctions

Despite these attractive features of this classic car, the Mondial has received criticism due to its disappointing performance. Regardless of this, having a car displaying the Ferrari badge is something achievable. Today we will provide some great tips you should be aware of when buying a Ferrari Mondial. 

Background of Ferrari Mondial

The Ferrari Mondial was the last 2+2 V8 prancing horse produced by Maranello before the California arrived in 2008. It was unveiled at the 1980 Geneva Auto Salon and offered for sale later that year.

The new Italian sports car had modern styling, pop-up headlights, a low profile, and 2+2 seating configuration, making it a practical and daily usable model.

The Mondial was built on a modified Ferrari 308 platform with a mid-engine chassis and featured the same engine and components, although with more interior room and practicality. 

Simon Clay ©2014 Courtesy of RM Auctions

The production of the Mondial commenced in 1980 and was discontinued in 1993, with several updates being implemented throughout its life cycle, being the Mondial 8, Quattrovalvole, 3.2, and T.

Mondial 8

The first variant was known as the Mondial 8 and was produced between 1980 to 1982, with a total of 703 vehicles constructed. Although this early Mondial was exclusively built as a coupe, the three succeeding iterations included Cabriolets.

Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

With the 308 GT4 having limited room for passengers in the rear seats, its replacement, the Mondial 8, was 100mm longer, wider (35mm at front and 85mm at rear), and 40mm taller to provide a more spacious cockpit for the back seats.

Behind the passenger compartment, the well-known Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 3.0-liter V8 engine was transversally mounted and featured a modern K-Jetronic fuel injection system. Despite generating 214 horsepower at 6600rpm and 181 pound-feet of torque at 4600rpm, the Mondial 8 was considered slow and underpowered. It took 8.3 seconds to sprint to 60 mph and had a top speed of 143mph.

When the Mondial 8 was produced, only a five-speed manual was fitted, which remained standard until 1989 when the Mondial T also offered an automated manual.

Mondial Quattrovalvole

Due to criticism regarding sluggish speed, in 1982, the Mondial Quattrovalvole coupe was introduced, featuring a 4-valve per cylinder technology. The engine produced an increased output of 240 horsepower, which slightly improved the performance, sprinting to 60mph in 6.4 seconds.

Guido Bissattini ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Its appearance resembled the Mondial 8, though it featured red engine heads and a striking”Quattrovalvole” script at the rear.

The Mondial QV was available in both coupe and cabriolet (released in 1983), which attracted more buyers. Almost immediately, Mondial became one of the best-selling Ferrari models both in Europe and United States. In total 1,145 coupes (1982 – 1985) and 629 cabriolets (1983- 1985) were

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Ferrari Mondial Buyers Guide: Essential Knowledge Before Buying
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/ferrari-mondial/
Published Date: Thu, 27 May 2021 00:34:19 +0000

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