Ferrari’s line of highly successful V8-engined road cars began with the 308 GT4 of 1973. Badged as a ‘Dino’, the all-new 308 GT4 2+2 superseded the preceding Dino V6. The newcomer’s wedge-shaped styling – by Bertone rather than the customary Pininfarina – was modern and up to date, absent were complaints about the performance of the 3.0-liter quad-cam V8 engine, which was then carried over to its successor.
The angular styled GT4 was remarkable in its ability to hold the occasional rear passenger whilst maintaining a compact and aggressive appearance. In this respect, most agree that the GT4 was vastly superior to its successor the Mondial. The aggressive styling has aged well and when finished in a period colour, the result is quite sought after.
The interior was luxuriously appointed with handsome Italian string. The wrap around instrument panel put the gauges and controls in close sight and reach and the centre console is reminiscent of the Daytona Coupe.
This very rare and special matching numbers Right-Hand drive GT4 was purchased by the vendor in August 1983, making it surely one of the longest-ownership Ferrari’s on the market today. #14978 received a vast amount of love and attention over the years and underwent no-expense spared servicing and maintenance undertaken only by the best marque specialists such as Maranello and Talacrest. Its history file is extensive and consists of what must be every single MOT since 1983.
Finished in a very rare and desirable colour combination of Acapulco blue over cream leather interior, the cars condition is as exemplary as one would expect having travelled less than 42,500 miles from new. Not to be missed.