Introduced at the 1973 Paris Motor Show, the Dino 308 GT4 was a significant departure for Ferrari in several ways. It was the first production car from Modena to feature a mid-engined V8, a layout that would become common to their core range for decades to come, along with the first production model to feature Bertone styling rather than Pininfarina bodywork. The styling was controversial at the time, with some journalists comparing it to the Bertone-designed Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Urraco. The chassis was based on the Dino 246 but was stretched to make space for a 2+2 Configuration. The 3.0 Litre V8 was integrally joined with the gearbox and had an alloy block and head with dual overhead camshafts fed through 4 Weber 40 DCNF carburettors. The GT4 was replaced by the Mondial 8 in 1980 after a production run of 2,826 308s and 840 208s.
Making its name in the racing world at the fabled Le Mans in 1974 the GT4 was entered by N.A.R.T and was unusually featured in the prototype class, obviously a miss match for the Ferrari it failed to compete at a high level, the car finished at the end of a long list of ‘DNF’s making for a poor first outing at the renowned event. Returning with the GT4 in 1975 the car was once again entered into seemingly the wrong class rather than the more appropriate GT class. Up against overwhelming opponents such as the Porsche 908 the Ferrari was deemed to slow and disqualified by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. Ironically, the GT4’s place was taken by a French car with even higher lap times! Almost certainly the reason Chinetti withdrew all of the N.A.R.T cars from the race, just minutes before the start.
This particular example has been built to resemble the ‘GT4 LM’ of its era and has the colour scheme to match. The car is equipped with a MSA approved roll cage, an uprated suspension system along with shock absorbers and wishbones. An uprated oil cooler and a racing style bucket seat with harnesses are also equipped with the car. Also offered is a comprehensive service history along with many bills and invoices that show this car has been maintained well in the past and includes a bill of around £30,000 for recent work including a recent engine rebuild. Road legal and race prepared the GT4 resembles and fantastic opportunity to race in the competitive Ferrari Formula Classic series.