Introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in 1975, the contemporary styled 308 GTB – Ferrari’s second V8 road car – marked a return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed 308 GT4. Badged as a ‘proper’ Ferrari rather than a Dino as its predecessor was, the 308 GTB had changed little mechanically apart from a reduction in both wheelbase and weight, retaining its predecessor’s underpinnings and transversely mounted engine that now featured dry-sump lubrication.
In road tune this superbly engineered power unit produced 255bhp, an out-put good enough to propel the 308 GTB to a top speed of over 150mph.
Produced initially with fiberglass bodywork – the first time this material had been used for a production Ferrari, the Scaglietti-built 308 GTB used steel after April 1977. Further developments included the introduction of an open-top GTS version with Targa-style removable roof.
Delivered new to none other than Edward J DeBartolo, who at the time was the owner of one of USA’s top American Football teams; the San Francisco 49ers.
This wonderful Rosso Corsa 308 was delivered new to none other than Edward J DeBartolo, who at the time was the owner of one of USA’s top American Football teams; the San Francisco 49ers. With its first entry at 609 miles, the car has always been fastidiously maintained at Ferrari main dealers and specialists such as Terry Hoyle Ferrari with no expense spared, and included in the car’s extensive history-file are a swathe of invoices totalling in excess of £60,000, with the last service completed in August 2018.
So discerning is the vendor that during his 16-year ownership, a full photographic record of all work carried out on the car has been made. On top of the comprehensive main-dealer and marque-specialist servicing history, all old MOT certificates have been retained, verifying its modest 60,000 miles recorded from new. Also offered with the car are most of its old tax discs, original tool-kit in its original leather bag and in excellent condition, original leather hood cover for the targa-top and last but not least its leather-weave owner’s manual pouch with all manuals intact.
More recently this exceptional 308 has received a lot more attention and to name some of the work; its engine has just had a complete service, new timing belts, new timing belt bearings, new timing belt tensioners, new rocker cover gaskets, new clutch kit, new plugs, new plug extenders and all fluids renewed. New coolant expansion bottle and 5 new tires have also been fitted.