Although the much-loved Ferrari Dino 246 GT was replaced in 1973 by the all new Dino 308 GT4 – Ferrari’s first ever V8 engine production model – its Bertone styling and 2+2 seating received mixed reactions. It was not until 1975, when the 308 GTB was launched at the Paris Show, that aficionados of the marque felt the 246’s true successor had arrived.
The 308 GTB employed a tubular steel chassis with independent coil spring/wishbone suspension front and rear, complimented by anti-roll bars, adjustable dampers and powerful disc brakes. At its heart was the Formula One derived, all alloy, four camshaft and dry sump 3.0 litre V8 engine of the GT4, allied to a transversely mounted five-speed gearbox. Pininfarina’s stunning two seat, fibreglass coachwork combined the best features of the 246 and the later 356GT4/BB, and looked just right. Producing 255bhp at 7,700rpm and 201lb.ft of torque at 5,500rpm from 2,926cc, it was also very quick with 154mph top speed and 0-60mph acceleration in just 6.5 seconds.
For 1977 three important changes took place: steel replaced fibreglass for the body structure (adding some 200lb in weight), dry sump lubrication was dispensed with and the GTS model with targa top was introduced. The GTS proved a big success, outselling the GTB to which it offered similar performance combined with the joys of open top motoring.
Imported by the current owner from Canada three years ago with all duties paid and confirmation of title, the car was supplied with overhauled front brakes and callipers with invoices included in the paperwork. Since being imported the car has undergone a carburettor refurbishment, new fuel pistons were flushed, cleaned and new spark plugs added. Well-presented and offered today is a fine example of the GTB’s successor.