RE: Ferrari 348 (F48) Koenig | Spotted

RE: Ferrari 348 (F48) Koenig | Spotted

Wednesday 3rd July

Ferrari 348 (F48) Koenig | Spotted

One of only two UK 348s in Koenig twin-turbo form is going for big money, but could it climb further still?



There was a time, not all that long ago, when the concept of a modified Ferrari would have been abhorrent to many - perhaps it still is to a good number of PHers. In today's automotive landscape, however, with the likes of Mansory, Kahn and Liberty Walk becoming more prominent by the day, those companies which dared to break with protocol in decades past have gained a newfound cachet. Owners of Ruf, Gembella and Koenig machines are enjoying the multiplying effect of their products being rare, exotic and 'vintage'. That, plus the rise in values of the models on which they were based, means they can now be found listed for some serious sums.

It's the latter brand which we want to focus on today, though. Its founder, Willy Koenig, was a gentleman racer, who among other things claimed victory in the 1962 German Hillclimbing Championship, a feat he accomplished at the wheel of a Ferrari 250 GT SWB. This led to a personal summons from Enzo Ferrari himself, who held an event in his honour at Maranello. He was no chump, then, so when in 1974 Willy found the performance of his new Ferrari 365 GT4 BB to be underwhelming compared to the racers he had become accustomed to, his penchant for fettling began.


His products soon gained a strong reputation both at home and abroad, with celebrities including F1 driver Gehard Berger and Hollywood superstar Silvester Stallone buying into the brand, and Road & Track dubbing him "one of Germany's leading tuners". But it wasn't long before he fell foul of his former admirer, Enzo Ferrari demanding that Koenig remove all Ferrari badging from his modified creations, deeming them no longer to be products of the Maranello stable.

Today's Spotted, a Koenig F48 based on Ferrari's 348 is one of just two such RHD cars in the UK. The other, a red example with just 9,000 miles on the clock, was listed on PH six years ago for £34,995 - an amount which one forum poster of the time deemed to be "overpriced by £7-8k at least". Well, 4leks, we hope you're not looking now, because this car is advertised at £149,990.


For that princely sum one lucky buyer will get a full widebody conversion, multi-piece OZ wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, uprated suspension, a new ECU, intercooler and, oh yes, a pair of turbos bolted on to the 3.4-litre V8 engine. Whatever you think of the end product, the modifications made it capable of a 0-62mph time of just 4.4 seconds, which is healthy even by today's standards. And where commenters on that 2013 car sited its low mileage as evidence of a lack of useability, this car's 40,000-mile odometer reading speaks to the contrary.

The styling certainly won't be to all tastes, then, and there'll always be those who would never look twice at a modified Ferrari, but Koenig's efforts are certainly not to be dismissed as merely being costly MR2 conversions. Whether you could bring yourself to put the money into this over a mint condition 355, though? That's a debate which we imagine will rage just as strongly today as it did six years and over £100,000 ago...

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sidesauce

Original Poster:

969 posts

161 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Not a fan.

TR4man

3,324 posts

117 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Looks more like a Fiero/MR2 replica.


Greg the Fish

628 posts

9 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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The 348 wasn't exactly a pretty Ferrari when it came out. This made it worse.

Almost laughable really

MDL111

3,527 posts

120 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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I think those are great, prefer the Testarossa based Koenig, but this would do me nicely as well

soad

30,117 posts

119 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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That body kit will render it near unusable?! Speed bumps, anyone...
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Nerdherder

946 posts

40 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Pass.

rossub

2,138 posts

133 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Greg the Fish said:
The 348 wasn't exactly a pretty Ferrari when it came out. This made it worse.

Almost laughable really
Each to their own, but I disagree..... on the 348. I've always thought they are extremely pretty cars, especially the wheels. I'd probably have one now if they were still £25k!

This however...... err no. Anyone who pays £150k for this is asking for punishment when the bubble bursts.

aaron_2000

2,999 posts

26 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Would've looked incredible in the Max Power 90's, looks like an MR2 now. 348 was a good looking car IMO, this thing isn't though, definitely a car of the times.

BVB

631 posts

96 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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I recall the Koenig Testarossa of the 1980's. Turbocharged that beautiful flat 12, top speed was bonkers fast, 220 or 212mph....back then!

Pericoloso

39,702 posts

106 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Looks ridiculous.
I love it.
I'd take it to shows and tell people its an MR2 kit.

RaceSpecFerrari

2 posts

139 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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I can remember seeing that at one of the foc track days and it didn't seem very quick or to be running right. £100k overpriced imho. Certainly not one of Koenigs finest.

Dave Hedgehog

10,347 posts

147 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Pericoloso said:
Looks ridiculous.
I love it.
I'd take it to shows and tell people its an MR2 kit.
now you i like biggrin

treeroy

450 posts

28 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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if you told me that was a Toyota MR2, I'd believe you.

Stu78

115 posts

78 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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TR4man said:
Looks more like a Fiero/MR2 replica.
That was exactly my first thought! only the interior gives the game away biggrin

Jex

518 posts

71 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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As you suggest, I'd rather have an F355. You can get a very good one for that money.

DooM_II

91 posts

75 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Considering what tuners like Liberty or Mansory do these days (and I might say even Ferrari) it's not that bad. Not the wheels though.

Koenig just tried to propose a F40 GTS, hence the name F48 ?


MDL111

3,527 posts

120 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Looks like it’s been for sale for a while

https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/classic-c...

348jeff

53 posts

70 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Absolutely awful and was for sale a couple of years ago for £35kish and I don't think it sold.

How it should be done...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KajL7klumA


slk 32

1,052 posts

136 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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You can advertise a car for anything, it doesn't mean it'll sell though

Chestrockwell

1,707 posts

100 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Would Ferrari even touch that today? Where would it get serviced considering Enzo thought it was a monstrosity and remanded the Ferrari badges be taken off