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  Ferrari 348 TB Zagato Elaborazione
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1991 - 1992
Numbers built:10
Introduced at:1991 Geneva Motor Show
Designed by:Zagato
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 23, 2019
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Click here to download printer friendly versionConsidering that Zagato specialised in building lightweight bodies for competition cars, it is remarkable that Ferraris clothed by the Milanese carrozzeria are a very rare exception rather than the rule. Despite being so compatible at first sight, the companies never worked together in an official capacity. One of the rare exceptions was announced late 1990, when Zagato offered a re-design for the existing, Pininfarina designed Ferrari 348 TB.

Due to ever stricter crash test and emission regulation regulations, Zagato was limited to cosmetic modifications only. The Italian company did not waste the opportunity and designed new front and rear facia with circular lights. Especially the pair of triple taillights were reminiscent of the great Ferrari road cars. The flanks featured more aggressive NACA ducts to feed fresh air into the engine bay. The latter was equipped with a transparent cover to reveal the 3.4-litre V8 for all to see. The roof was also modified to include Zagato's trademark double-bubble line.

As the Zagato penned Ferrari was an adaptation of an existing design, the new car was referred to as the 348 TB Zagato Elaborazione or 'reworked'. The first example was ready in time for the 1991 Geneva Motor Show. Zagato initially planned a run of 22 examples but eventually only ten 348 TB owners decided to hand their Ferrari over to the Milanese company for what was undoubtedly a very expensive transformation.

With just ten examples built, the 348 TB Zagato Elaborazione is one of the rarest Ferraris of its era. Its design did not go by unnoticed and it may have even inspired Pininfarina to switch back to circular tail lights for the subsequent Ferrari F355.

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