Monterey | Lot 270
1977 Ferrari 308 GTB
$145,600 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
13 August 2021
- One of Ferrari’s most famous and recognizable designs
- One of 2,185 examples produced between 1976-1980
- Finished in wonderful color combination of Azzurro Metallizzato over cream leather
- Capable 3.0-liter V-8 engine paired to a gated five-speed manual transmission
- Comprehensively refreshed in preparation for sale
The Ferrari 308 GTB was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 and superseded the Dino 246 GT as Ferrari’s mid-engined sportscar offering. It was an instant hit; a tempting combination of curvaceous bodywork, courtesy of Fioravanti of Pininfarina, and approachable performance thanks to a low curb weight and punchy V-8 engine. A sprint to 60 mph was dispatched in 6.6 seconds and top speed was the interesting side of 150 mph, with power coming from the all-new 237 horsepower F106AB V-8 engine, featuring dual belt-driven over camshafts for each bank and four twin-choke Weber 40DCNF carburetors.
This US-market example was constructed at Maranello in November 1976, and it is presently finished in the alluring color combination of Azzurro Metallizzato over a freshly reupholstered cream leather interior with black accents, and cream carpets. The 308 is, of course, powered by the desirable carbureted 3.0-liter V-8 engine and five-speed manual gearbox featuring Ferrari’s classic gated shifter design. A single side mirror on the driver’s door is yet another distinguishing feature of this relatively early steel-bodied US-market car. Furthermore, a finned rear diffuser plate protects the car’s factory quad-exhaust.
Since acquisition by the consignor, this 308 GTB has been fastidiously cared for by Blackhorse Motor Sports in Los Angeles. A compendium of recent invoices on file show that the engine was recently refreshed with a complete suite of consumables, hoses, gaskets, belts, tensioners, and seals in preparation for sale. Similarly notable undertakings include rebuilds furnished to the carburetors, SMOG pumps, A/C compressor, and rear suspension. Furthermore, a tremendous volume of the car’s aluminum moldings and engine components were replated to their correct, factory-style finishes. The reupholstery was executed by the well-regarded specialists at New Life Upholstery in Reseda. As presented today, the Ferrari sits on its correct set of staggered Campagnolo wheels which are wrapped in a brand new set of Michelin XWX rubber.
The 308 GTB is revered as one of the most enjoyable and approachable classic Ferraris. This enticing carbureted example, presented in its stunning color combination, is sure to provide enormous enjoyment for its next keeper.