This 1990 Ferrari 348 TB is the first of just ten examples to feature the Elaborazione conversion, offered by Zagato from 1990-1992. The cosmetic package consisted of a new front bumper, enlarged cooling strakes, a triple rear light configuration and perhaps most strikingly, a lower roofline featuring the marque’s traditional “double bubble” arrangement, as well as a glass engine cover to show off the quad-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder V-8. Notably, the Zagato-bodied 348 TBs lost their trademark “cheese-grater” air intakes and rear grill, a design which would follow through with Ferrari’s F355 models.It was finished with attractive O.Z. Racing wheels and a redesigned suede interior.
Adding to its overall allure, this 348 TB Zagato Elaborazione has been in the stewardship of just one careful owner from new. Having covered just 19,500 km, it presents in fine original condition. Having been the prototype show car on the Zagato stand at the 1991 Geneva International Motor Show, it is arguably the most desirable example of its kind. Furthermore, the car has also been exhibited at the Ferrari Gallery in Maranello and at the 2004 Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza.
Incredibly rare and unique and from a time when true coachbuilt automobiles were few and far between, this 348 would be a significant addition to any collection, especially one with an interest in the work of Carrozzeria Zagato.
(Source: RMSotheby’s )