• No, This Isn’t a Kit Car, It’s a 1995 Ferrari 348 GTS

It’s imported from Japan with notable modifications

Pacific Coast Auto, a company which imports cars from the Japan to the U.S., just uploaded a strange-looking Ferrari on its YouTube channel. It features all sorts of modifications, some not quite tasteful, but it’s not a kit car, but an authentic Ferrari 348 GTS. Yes, it seems that the Japanese like to modify original Ferraris, too.

Although it still looks a lot like the 348 TS from the 1990s, this mid-engined Ferrari sports a few important modifications. The most visible upgrade are the headlamps, as the standard pop-up lights were replaced by regular lights under clear lenses.

The also have a weird flashing pattern when turned on. It also features an aftermarket hood with pins at the top and the bottom. According to the owner, this hood doesn’t have hinges.

It also rides on a new set of wheels and it comes with various aftermarket parts inside the cabin, like a steering, a cover for the center console, and even some carbon components. It’s also fitted with an aftermarket exhaust that makes the V-8 engine louder. Although it has a few dents and scratches here and there, it has less than 60,000 miles on the odometer, which is very low for a vehicle that rolled off the assembly line in 1995.

Ferrari 348 GTS Specs

No, This Isn't a Kit Car, It's a 1995 Ferrari 348 GTS
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Although the YouTube videos states that this is a 348 TS model, it is in fact called the 348 GTS.

That’s because it was built in 1995, the model’s final year in production, and the facelift introduced in 1993 added a "G" to the badge. The GTS is the targa version of the GTB, with a removal top. The GTS was powered by a 3.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 316 horsepower and 238 pound-feet of torque. The facelift added 20 horses to the original 348 TS. The GTS needed 5.4 seconds to hit 62 mph fron a standing start, on its way to a top speed of 174 mph.

Ferrari 348 specifications
Engine 3.4-liter V-8
Horsepower 316 HP
Torque 238 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 5.4 seconds
Top Speed 174 mph
No, This Isn't a Kit Car, It's a 1995 Ferrari 348 GTS
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Introduced in 1989, the 348 series replaced the 328. Production ended in 1995, when Ferrari rolled out the F355 as a replacement. Three distinct models were built, the TB (coupe), TS (targa), and the Spider (convertible), in 8,844 units.

Ciprian Florea
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