2 1984-1987 FERRARI MONDIAL CABRIOLET
WHY IT’S SO
AFFORDABLE Ferrari tried to give its customers four-seater versatility, so its looks arguably aren’t the purest. Those who could afford to shun the Mondial did just that for years, sneering that its four-seater cabin was hardly in the mould of the true Maranello ethos. But actually, that slightly ignored the huge technical feat achieved in designing a semi-supercar that could carry two adults and two fair-sized children yet still retain a midmounted engine. It’s all very well to enjoy sports car hedonism when you’re single or one half of a double-incomeno-kids power couple, but when family circumstances change, then so do driving tastes. The Mondial meant that mid-engined exotica could remain on the menu.
The cabriolet arrived four years after the tin-top and is unique in being an open four-seater middie. With a wheelbase just 4cm longer than that of the closely related 308, its superb handling was never in question. Later models got bigger engines and ABS and switched from a transverse to an inline engine layout, and later cars in particular just get better-looking with every passing year.