The Ferrari 308 GTB, introduced at the 1975 Paris Motor Show, marked a significant change for the company from Maranello. Powered by a mid-mounted transverse V-8, the 308 opened up a market segment unexplored by Ferrari, which had aimed its products solely at an elite clientele. As a successor to the V-6 Dino, the 308 was powered by a 240 horsepower 3.0-liter four-cam 90-degree V-8 transversely mounted ahead of the rear axle. The four cams were driven by toothed belts and the engine was fitted with a quartet of Weber twin-choke carburettors. A five-speed all-synchromesh rear transaxle was included, and the chassis, with fully independent front and rear suspension, was much like the Dino’s, including the 92.1-inch wheelbase.
A GTS variant was unveiled at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show, featuring an open targa roof. Bosch fuel injection arrived at the end of 1980, and the adoption of four-valve per cylinder technology came two years later. Thanks to the popularity of the Magnum, P.I. television series, this is to many, the quintessential Ferrari.
This beautiful Ferrari 308 GTS was delivered new to a Mr. McAdam in Santa Monica, California in 1979, by Hollywood Sport Cars Incorporated. Since being repatriated into the EU the 308 has benefitted from a cosmetic refresh and repaint. Finished in the classic colours of Rosso Corsa with a tan leather interior, the Ferrari presents very well, with good panel gaps all round, and is very clean underneath. Over the years the 308 has always been very well maintained, and as such drives very nicely.
Offered with original service and instruction booklets, this is a very original example of one of Ferraris most usable and enjoyable sportscars.