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, 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, the adoption of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and, finally, revised cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder on the Quattrovalvole (QV) model in 1982. An exhilarating driver’s car and a Ferrari purist’s delight, the 308 GTSi and its many derivatives proved a huge commercial success for Maranello, with over 12,000 sold.
Finished in excellent condition throughout, this rare right hand-drive example is one of only 233 produced. Offered with full service history and an extensive file, this very late example was produced in the 308’s final production year. Also include in the sale is the cars full owners pack, a UK V5 Log book and valid MoT due to expire in April 2019.
Having travelled a modest and warranted 75,000 miles, the cars condition and history file that the car retains is a true testament to the fastidious ownership that the car has been subject to. Included in the file are invoices for a gearbox rebuild costing in excess of £4,500 as well as for a recent belt change and service.
Offered at a very realistic reserve and not to be missed.