The Best Looking Example Of The Worst Ferrari

By | August 11, 2011

Ferrari Mondial T

The Ferrari Mondial is considered in the minds of many (including yours truly) the worst Ferrari ever made. This one in the pictures above also just happens to be the cleanest, best looking example of a car that shouldn’t have worn a Ferrari badge. One that conveniently parked right outside my office door just begging to be photographed with my super professional iPhone camera.

The Mondial was a mid-engined 2+2 introduced in 1980 that “boasted” a 214hp V8 and dealt with 0-60 in 9.4 seconds- yes, it was slow. It also made Time Magazine’s list of the 50 Worst Cars Ever Made and earned the unofficial title of “The Cheap Ferrari”.

To be fair, the car in these pictures is the Mondial T, the final 1989 evolution of the Mondial. The T’s engine/transmission layout had be altered so that the previous transversely mounted engine in the prior Mondial was now mounted longitudinal, giving a T shape when coupled with the transmission, hence the name. In other words this car spearheaded the engine transmission layout of all future generations of Ferrari vehicles. The T was also given a limited-slip differential and a bigger, 300hp engine. But by the end of the Mondial’s production in 1993, the damage couldn’t be undone and the car went into the history books as a car that didn’t deserve to wear the prancing horse.

Ferrari Mondial T Convertible



AJ Wilcox on August 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm.

This Fer….Ferr….Fuhhh… I can’t say it. I’ll just call it a Fiat. This overpriced Fiat is responsible for a pile of vomit on my desk. Thanks for posting it, Chad.

Eran B on August 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

I remember reading in Car and Driver that this was the Ferrari that begs to be embarrassed by any punk kid in a early Camaro.  I remember that mostly because at the time I had a 69 Chevy Camaro.  

Chad Waite on August 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm.

Did you ever get that chance?

Eran B on August 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm.

Sadly no… but I am sure it would have.  It had a 400 hp 350 with a 4 speed and Ford 9 inch.

AJ Wilcox on August 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm.

It’s not uncommon now to see lower-priced supercars outperforming high-priced exotics (GT-R…cough cough), but then it would have been plain embarrassing. I bet stock Corvettes took them out (and unfortunately looked better…and I hesitate to say that about any 80′s-’96 vette)

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