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Feast your eyes on this super-rare Ferrari 348 Zagato

Only ten were ever built, and this is the very first one. We can’t even

Things that unite the TopGear.com office, in no particular order: consuming unwise amounts of biscuits, dogs doing really silly things, and rare Zagato models the rest of the world would normally shun.

For the latter, may we present this 1990 Ferrari 348 TB Zagato Elaborazione. You should know that upon stumbling across this car – being offered for sale by RM Sotheby’s at its Villa Erba sale – we immediately fell down a Zagato wormhole. Alfa SZ. BMW Z4. Hell, even that weird Aston Vantage convertible from the 1980s. We love ‘em all.

But this one. Just… we can’t even. It’s one of only ten 348s converted by the Italian coachbuilder, in a package offered between 1990 and 1992. The pack consisted of a new front bumper, bigger cooling strakes, a triple rear light configuration and a slighter lower roofline with – obvs – Zagato’s double-bubble setup.

Look! There’s a glass engine cover!

All the better to gawp at the 348’s 300bhp, 3.4-litre V8. We’re not sure how much this Zagato version weighs with all its new accoutrements, but a regular 348 could, back when it was new, accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.6secs, and top out at over 170mph. That’d keep up with most warm hatches today.

The wheels are OZ Racing items and inside it’s been slathered in suede. This particular car is a bit of a gem, too. We’re told it has covered just 19,500km, in the custody of one single owner since new, which is pretty incredible when you think about it.

Also, this is the actual prototype car that Zagato showed off at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show, which you probably don’t care about. There’s no word on how much it’s expected to go for, but there is word that included in the eventual sale price are some tools and an original owners’ manual.

Perhaps the latter could explain the weird speaker-like grilles at the centre of the new front bumper. In any case, below is a picture of an original 348. Compare. Contrast. Discuss.

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