Introduced at the 1973 Paris Motor Show, the Dino 308 GT4 was a significant departure for Ferrari in several ways. It was the first production car from Modena to feature a mid-engined V8, a layout that would become common to their core range for decades to come, along with the first production model to feature Bertone styling rather than Pininfarina bodywork. The styling was controversial at the time, with some journalists comparing it to the Bertone-designed Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Urraco. The chassis was based on the Dino 246 but was stretched to make space for a 2+2 Configuration. The 3.0 Litre V8 was integrally joined with the gearbox and had an alloy block and heads with dual overhead camshafts fed through 4 Weber 40 DCNF carburetors. The GT4 was replaced by the Mondial 8 in 1980 after a production run of 2,826 308s and 840 208s.
This early 308 GT4 Dino was delivered new to France in 1974. In the last 43 years the car has covered just 55,000 kilometres, and has benefitted from restoration work in more recent years. The bodywork was treated to a repaint in Rosso Corsa approximately 7 years ago, and still presents well. The motor has been treated to a rebuild, and the brakes have also been recently overhauled. The 308 has also benefited from a fresh service, with other small items being attended to. As you might expect the Ferrari drives very well, with the smooth yet powerful V8 motor.
Offered with French registration papers, this is a very nice example of an early and increasingly desirable V8-engined Ferrari.