Although the much-loved Ferrari Dino 246 GT was replaced in 1973 by the all new Dino 308 GT4 – Ferrari’s first ever V8 engined 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.
Presented in a striking and rare yellow colour, this stunning example of a 308 GTS started life in the US. Under single ownership in the hands of a US senator from 1988 to 2013, the car enjoyed a fair-weather life before moving to Dubai. With a full service history and incredible attention to detail in all of its services, the car is as it was when it left the showroom in 1978. In its most recent service carried out by Ferrari Specialists in Dubai the car enjoyed a cam-belt change, a new clutch, new tyres and a new battery. With just 39,900 genuine miles on the odometer this 308 is described as being a ‘joy to drive’.