Ferrari has always been a car brand that likes their cars to stand out from the crowd. However, they may have taken one of their creations a little too far as it has a rather unusual appearance. The Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso was recently consigned for auction by RM Sotheby’s and this car is a rather unusual adaptation of the original Ferrari 328 GTS that is a well-known sports car from the 1980s.
Bernd Michalak is the German designer behind the Conciso and it is immediately apparent on viewing this car that he was trying to create something different. The shape varies radically from the traditional shape of Ferrari cars and it is made entirely from aluminum. This was a move to help the car shed some pounds and increase its speed. It is a strategy that has worked as the result is a weight reduction of around 30 percent.
Probably the weirdest thing about the Conciso is the lack of doors. There are no doors at all on this car and as it is a convertible, there is also no roof. This means the car is best-suited to drivers with athletic talents as getting into it is something of a challenge. To enter this door-free car you have to jump over the side or vault yourself into the driving seat.
A further interesting feature of the exterior of this car is the windshield. It is completely frameless and is designed to improve the driving experience. It is certainly not a safety feature of the car.
The interior of the car is surprisingly bare and not the luxurious surroundings you would expect from a sports car created by Ferrari. The cockpit of the 328 GTS Conciso is very driver focused and somewhat barren in appearance. For some reason, which is best-known to Ferrari, the most important gauges, such as the tachometer and the speedometer, are set to the right. On the other hand, the fuel level gauge and the oil temperature are directly in front of the driver at the center of the car.
Although it sounds like there are a lot of negatives about this consignment car, there are also some fantastic positives about the Conciso, too. The main strong point of the car is its engine, which is all Ferrari. It is a 3.2-liter V-8 engine that has the capacity to produce an estimated 270 horsepower. It also boasts a 5-speed manual transmission unit for shifting duties. The original 328 GTS could achieve 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds. However, it is predicted that the Conciso can shave a little off this time. This is predominantly due to the reduction in weight as a result of creating the body from aluminum.
The Ferrari 328 Conciso was created in 1993 and was first shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the same year. It was rumored that Ferrari’s design studio was on standby to create more of the Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso, but this never happened. As a result, only one of this car was ever made.
Although the car was created by an Italian car manufacturer, it is registered in Belgium. It is for this reason that the car boasts Belgian license plates. The car comes complete with the two original helmets for the driver and one passenger.
Now that it has been consigned to RM Sotheby’s, it is an opportunity for a Ferrari enthusiast to own the car for themselves. So far, Sotheby’s haven’t released an estimated sale price for the Conciso so nobody really knows what to expect from the sale. Like most things at auction, the price will depend on how much somebody wants to own the car. If two enthusiasts have the cash and want to battle it out on the auction day, it could achieve big bucks.
While it has an unusual design, the Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso will no doubt be somebody’s cup of tea. Plus, it is a rare opportunity to own a unique Ferrari that is one of a kind. The car will go up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2018 event on May 12, 2018. This event is hosted at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The auction coincides with the historic Monaco Grand Prix, so car enthusiasts can combine their passion for cars with visits to both events.
Written by Garrett Parker
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