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Lot 133: 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB

Coys at Alexandra Palace

by Coys

29 October 2016

London, United Kingdom

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  • 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB
  • 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB
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Description: 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB
Reg. Number: UK Registered
Chassis Number: F106A026001
Year: 1978
Make: Ferrari
Model: 308 GTB

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. Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection was added for the 1980 308 GTBi and GTSi, decreasing emissions.

This steel bodied carburettor 308 GTB comes finished in timeless Rossa Corsa with black interior. Starting life in the US the car was brought to the UK in 2016 by its current owner. On arrival in the UK the car was sent to a specialist where it enjoyed a full belt, brake and rear shocks service. At this point the paintwork on the car was original although due to the fact it was crazed in places, in early 2016 it had a full, bare-metal paint job whilst having European specification bumpers fitted. The interior of the car is original apart from the new carpets fitted earlier this year .

Having had over £10,000 spent on it this year including a full carburettor set up and a brake master cylinder overhall, and coming complete with its original tool kit, jack, torch, leather wallet and books as well as the original dealer stamp this 308 is described as being in excellent condition throughout. With 37,000 miles on the odometer the car looks as if it has just left the showroom; an ‘immaculate’ iconic car, ready to be enjoyed.

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