Mondial Tone

Mechanical woes and radical looks polarized Ferrari fans—you either loved or hated the Mondial

When the Ferrari Mondial 8 was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1980, it was named in honor of the 4-cylinder, 3-liter sports racing Ferrari of the '60s.

asked me about Mondials. After the groans subsided, I asked him what was on his mind. He explained that he was considering buying an older Ferrari as a daily driver. He only drove a few miles to work and he wanted something that was more fun than his current car. He ruled out a 308 because he had never warmed up to the styling, and besides, he liked the idea of being able to carry more than his briefcase or take the kids with him on weekends.

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