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.
The very first 308 GTBs produced, until the end of 1976, were the fastest and best handling thanks to a fibreglass body that weighed substantially less than the steel coachwork which replaced it. These first cars also featured race-bred dry sump lubrication which again was replaced after a short period in favour of the less expensive wet sump.
Purchased by the current vendor in 1977, the year that the car rolled out of the factory, this particularly rare and original RHD Vetroresina has been meticulously looked after over the years. Offered with a swathe of old invoices, this car has recently had a comprehensive service with bills in excess of £3,000 from Maranello. With only one previous owner from new, it is a very rare UK right hand drive specification Ferrari 308 ‘Vetroresina’. Finished in Nero over Nero, this car is not only a very fun car to drive, but also unique and as such an excellent investment opportunity.
Having traveled a mere 43,500 miles from new, this mid-engine Ferrari is made ever more interesting considering the overall high mileage of most 308’s on the market today.