1978 Ferrari 308 GTS

7,649 miles from new


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 308’s 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.

Sold new on September 20th 1978 by Maranello Sales, Egham to a Mr Warner of Surrey. The 308 was later sold in 1980 by the then-owner Mr Cox, the mileage at this time being just 6,070 which is documented. Later passing hands to a Mr Brook who had the Ferrari for just a single year before passing it on to Mr Banks in 1981. Used sparingly at this time the 308 saw just 1,579 miles before being laid up.

Recently recommissioned with a full service and cambelt replacement in 2017 the car is presented in good working order. The underside is clean and the body shows little sign of its age. Still in highly original condition this example boasts a wonderful patina, the original Rosso Chiaro paintwork shows off the lines of the 308 perfectly and the original interior, leather seats and matching black carpets have aged very well.

Offered with a comprehensive history file containing many invoices, including a recent major service and timing belts change. Additionally, we note that the Ferrari is supplied with an order specification document from marque specialist Tony Willis and several documents to back up its mileage.

With only 7,649 miles recorded, this is a great opportunity to acquire a rare model with wonderful provenance, which we are positive will prove to be a wise investment in years to come.

Sold For £53,000

Auction Autosport 2018
Auction Date N/A
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lot details

Lot Number 132
Registration Number UK Registered
Chassis Number 25171
Year 1978
Make Ferrari
Model 308 GTs

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