Lot 315 - 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB-

Ex Doug Blain - Right Hand Drive

ESTIMATE £65,000- £75,000

Auction Coys Olympia February 2017

Lot Details

Lot Number 315
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number 22545
Year 1978
Make Ferrari
Model 308 GTB

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Description

Ferrari introduced the 308 GTB at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 featuring a dramatic Pininfarina designed body and a mid-mounted four cam V8 with quadruple Weber twin choke carburetors. Bodies were initially constructed in fiberglass, but after 712 examples were produced the switch was made to steel bodywork because the fiberglass coachwork was of poor quality and weight saving was minimal versus steel construction. Production continued only through 1979 during which time just 2,185 steel bodied carbureted 308 GTB’s were produced for all world markets.

The car on offer today is an original Maranello supplied Right hand drive dry sump 308GTB from 1978 and is finished in arguably the best colour for a 308-  the stunning shade of Azurro Blue with Pelle crème leather . The car also benefits with the desired chin spoiler and air conditioning.

A Full cambelt service was carried out, including having the carburettors rebuilt. 2000 miles ago in Autumn 2016 the car was also subject to a tune up. The car is exceptionally original and has not had the modifications that many examples have had.

The car has a very good and interesting history with one owner having owned it for 22 years ( and he regularly commuted from the UK to his work in Rome in the car and several letters telling of his exploits are in the history file). In addition, the car is well known in motoring journalism circles having been owned by Doug Blain (Editor of “Car” magazine) for several years until recently. Indeed the history includes an original October 1975 “Car” magazine with a long article about 308 Ferraris, written by Doug himself.

22545 has had 6 previous owners, including the 1st as a demonstrator for Cooper Car Sales (now Greypaul) and is offered for sale with the correct toolkit, jack & tool roll, the original manuals & Warranty Card and even a period radio with a hidden jack plug for connection to a modern music source. 22545 has an incredible file of invoices totalling over £86,000, going back to the very first owner & the current owner has spent over £6,000 detailing the car.

The car has had continual maintenance over its life but a period of deeper bodywork restoration was undertaken in 1998. The history file includes a detailed summary of all the work the car has had. The history file contains copies of 18 previous MOT’s! A new set of “Period correct” Michelin XWX tyres have been fitted to the original alloy wheels.

This stunning UK right hand drive 308 offers an oopportunity to acquire a rare and excellent example of Ferrari’s iconic sports car. Simply stunning.


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