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Lot 212 - 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS

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ESTIMATE £43,000- £47,000

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2016
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Lot Number 212
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number TBA
Year 1978
Make Ferrari
Model 308 GTS

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Description

Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredino “Dino” Ferrari, had a promising career as an engineer and businessman and was poised to take over his father’s motoring empire, continuing the Ferrari legacy through the next generation. Dino gained experience working alongside some of the greatest engineers in history, such as Vittorio Jano. He is credited with the concept of the big-bore 4-cylinder 750 Monza and convincing his father of the merits of a compact V6. Sadly, he became ill and passed away at the age of twenty-four but his legacy lived on in the form of the Dino 246GT and the unbroken line of mid-engined V8 cars that continue today. Dino’s 2.4 litre twin-overhead cam V6 was a jewel of an engine. It was fitted to the first mid-engine regular production Ferrari and became the lifeblood of the brand for the next 45 years.

The successor to the Dino, the mighty 308, gained two cylinders and earned a Ferrari badge. The 308 GTB/GTS became the company’s most successful model to date, selling more than 12,000 examples over a 10 year production span. As the volume leader for so many years, the 308 was often toward the bottom of the collectability scale and many suffered from poor maintenance. Properly maintained 308s are now highly sought-after and the model is enjoying a well-deserved and dramatic rise in collectability.

This beautiful 1978 308 GTS is a desirable Carburettor model, which are becoming increasingly difficult to find in good condition. The 308 has been in the custodianship of four owners from new, all of whom have maintained the car to a very high standard. The previous owner enjoyed the GTS as part of a wider collection. During his ownership he commissioned a repaint in the original shade of Rosso Rubina, a very elegant dark red metallic which shows off the lines of the 308 perfectly. The original beige leather seats are in very good condition, as are the matching carpets. The black Targa panel still sits in its original stowage bag. This stunning example is offered with a comprehensive history file containing many invoices, including a recent major service and timing belts. Additionally we note that the Ferrari is supplied with a Canadian title document, carfax printouts, a UK NOVA letter and current UK MoT certificate. Furthermore the 308 is offered with a handbook pack containing all of the origina l manuals, the original tool roll, a rare Rotor box of spare bulbs and fuses, and the Ferrari issued inspection lamp.

With only 32,150 miles recorded, this is a great entry-level Ferrari with wonderful provenance, which we are positive will prove to be a wise investment in years to come.


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