Officially introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1975, the 308 GTB’s styling was created by Pininfarina. The stunning two seat coachwork was all new, but incorporated all of the old magic by blending aspects of the Dino 206/246 with the later 365 GT4/BB. Reminiscent of the Boxer was the dihedral groove at bumper level splitting top and bottom, the plunging nose and the sail panels reaching back to meet a shallower spoiler, while the conical side air intakes and recessed concave rear window were familiar from the Dino.
The 308 GTB employed a tubular steel chassis with independent coil spring/wishbone suspension front and rear, complimented by anti-roll bars, adjustable dampers and powerful disc brakes. At its heart was a Formula One derived, all alloy, four camshaft 3.0 litre V8 engine, allied to a transversely mounted five-speed gearbox.
Finished in perhaps the most stunning colour combination of red with a black hide interior, this superb 308 is described by the vendor as in excellent condition throughout.
Originally delivered new to Germany, this wonderful European-market model was purchased by an American collector with 3,100 kilometres under its wheels, and subsequently became part of his collection for a number of years. Now showing 6,000 miles recorded, our vendor informs us the 308 still wears its factory front spoiler with Koenig side trims (fitted from new), and is supplied with rare and desirable original tools and books. Amazingly we are informed that the car still wears its original Pirelli tyres on each corner.
This is an excellent example of Maranello’s most popular and practical mid-engined GT car -and with such low mileage, it is an example that cannot be ignored.