The Mondial t was the final evolution in this mid-engined, 2+2 Ferrari that has always gotten sort of a mixed reception amongst Ferrari enthusiasts. While it looked similar to the original Mondial, this was a vastly different car, with the biggest difference appearing under the hood. The new Mondial t featured a longitudinally mounted V8 instead of the previous transverse setup. In addition, body colored bumpers and a revised front and rear fascia gave the Pininfarina lines a bit of a freshening. The Mondial t Coupe would only be sold for one year, in 1989, while the Cabriolet would soldier on until 1993.
This Mondial t Cabriolet for sale in Texas has covered about 20,000 miles and has an interesting ownership story, as well.
1992 Ferrari Mondial T Cabriolet, ONE OWNER, Gift from the Italian Government, 19,811 original miles, 5-speed, 30k service completed.
Extremely rare one owner 3.4L 300hp 5-speed Ferrari Mondial T. New, it was gifted to the original owner through Ferrari, for spearheading the tourism and promotion program for Sicily- in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. Because of the success of the program she was given the Mondial of her choice, which she insisted on a black one. What she got was an extremely rare triple black car which currently only has 19,811 original miles and complete 30k service completed 2 months ago (complete with photographs and receipts). This Ferrari has a clean Carfax vehicle history report and is perfect for a Ferrari collector, or someone who has always wanted a distinctive Ferrari convertible to drive and enjoy!
Mondial T’s "spearhead of a new generation of V8 Ferraris" -Road and Track Magazine
This Triple Black Mondial T is one of the last years built and known as the Mondials final evolution. Referred to as a Mondial T for its Longitudinal placed engine. It was visually different from preceding Mondial models, most recognizable being the redesign of the air intakes to a smaller, neater rectangular shape. The door-handles were of a visually different design and, along with the bumpers, became body colored, whilst a painted black band was added around the bottom of the body. The 't' configuration was used by Ferrari's Formula One cars of the 1980s, and would be the standard for the marque's future mid-engined V8 cars. The "T" was home to other Ferrari firsts: It used power assisted steering for the first time, and had a 3-position electronically controlled suspension for a variable trade off between ride quality and road holding. It also had standard ABS.
Original Ferrari Leather Manual and books
Ferrari Leather Tool kit
19,811 Original Miles
FULL 30k service with timing belt change completed 2 months ago
Optional leather soft top cover (Leather Boot)
Rare tonneau cover
3 position suspension
Exterior: Original Ferrari NERO paint that does have hairline scratches from being under a car cover a majority of its life. Some rock chips and scratches that have been touched up by the owner. Paint still has great life left and doesn't appear to even have been color-sanded and buffed. This is a nice “honest” example...if you have been around Ferraris you will understand what I am saying. It hasn’t been altered or repaired.
Interior: Finished in Black leather interior that has never been “re-dyed” or painted. The leather is as it was originally with normal patina from its 19,811 miles. Comes with optional leather boot. Also has a rare tonneau cover. Convertible top has one repaired spot on the drivers side.
Engine/Transmission: Strong running 3.4L V8 that just had a complete 30k engine out service that includes the timing belt replacement, two months ago (complete with pictures) Nice shifting five speed that moves through its gaits well.
Overall, this is an extremely nice Mondial that shows like a 19,811 Ferrari. I am impressed with the fact that the car hasn't been messed with over the years. I wish it had a few less rock chips but I appreciate that the front end hasn't been repainted like so many have. I have been around many Ferraris over the years and so many have been "restored" by repainting them or spraying the interior. Like my buddy said the other day when he saw this car for the first time "This is the nicest Mondial I have seen in a long time."
The Mondial line was made from 1980-1993 and available in both a coupe and a convertible. They were named after the the famed 500 Mondial race car of the early 1950’s. Styled by the legendary Pininfarina that styled with a total of just over 6,800 built over its 13 year run. The steel outer body was produced by the famous Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Scaglietti, just down the road in nearby Modena, built over a lightweight steel box-section space frame. The engine cover and rear luggage compartment lids are in light alloy. The seats and interior were trimmed in Connolly hide, contrasting with the body color. Most cars were painted Rosso red, but some were black or silver, and a few were dark blue.
A Mondial t of similar vintage can cost you anywhere from the high $20,000 range to $40,000 for the very best example out there. I'd suspect somewhere around $35,000 is where the reserve is set on this car. I'm particularly fond of this black one, as it helps mask a bit of the peculiar details and slightly awkward proportions of this particular Ferrari.