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 fantastic rust-free survivor has had just two private owners in its 41 years, having been imported into the UK in 2013 and into a private collection. Showing under 19,000 miles from new, the 308 is in superb original unmolested condition, with recent bills from a London Ferrari specialist for various maintenance works. We note the history file also contains much older maintenance, indicating the 308 has always been well looked after. The Ferrari supplied with the original sales documents, manual and correct cloth folder.
Second only to the Vetroresina model, and with 40 bhp more than the later fuel injected version, this is the 308 to buy now. Finished in the classic combination of Rosso Corsa with a nero leather interior, this example comes highly recommended.