• Early-production, steel-bodied and carbureted 308
• Rare factory livery as one of only two finished in Verde Pino
• One of only 185 Berlinettas produced in all from 1976-1980
• Fresh major service and mechanical overhaul including timing belts
• Complete with spare assembly, tool roll, and jack in bag
PLEASE NOTE: This car is a 1977 and is titled as a 1977. It is not a 1978 as previously stated.
2,927 cc DOHC V-8 engine, four Weber 40 DCNF twin-choke carburetors, 240 HP at 6,600 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 92.1”
The Pininfarina designed and Scaglietti built 308 GTB and GTS continue to be recognized today among the finest and most beautifully styled modern road cars from Ferrari. They are also renowned among Ferrari’s best-ever driver’s cars. Introduced at Paris in 1975, the Pininfarina designed 308 debuted as the replacement for the outgoing Dino 246 and, soon thereafter, the more angular Bertone bodied 308 GT4. The first 712 examples of the new 308 series were bodied in fiberglass, with just 100 allocated to the U.S. market. The remainder of 308 production numbered some 11,400 examples through 1985 which were bodied in steel panelwork. A transverse mid-mounted, all-alloy four-cam V-8 engine mounting a quartet of twin-choke Weber carburetors powered the sophisticated 308 and initially produced 240 horsepower in U.S. specification. As expected, performance was breathtaking, including a 7.3-second sprint from rest to 60 mph and a 145-mph top-end charge.
With its mid-mounted engine, fully independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes, the 308 was extremely well-balanced and it continues to be highly regarded by committed Ferrari driving enthusiasts today. A recent Classic & Sports Car magazine road test celebrated the “…delicious accuracy, driver-friendly interior and sweet-sounding V-8 engine of the 308.” These observations were also expressed in a recent Octane magazine cover story entitled “Mid-Engined Masterpiece.” Famously, the beautiful and potent 308 enjoyed high-profile use on the small screen with actor Tom Selleck during the popular eight-year run of the Magnum, P.I. series. More recently, Octane editors described the steel-bodied 308 GTB and GTS as “One of the company’s great success stories and still regarded as one of the best ways to introduce yourself to Ferrari ownership.” Early cars, including the 308 GTB offered here, are the most powerful, eclipsed only by the later QV or Quattrovalvole four-valve cars.
This early-production, steel-bodied 308 GTB is numbered 22219 and it was completed during August 1977 and factory-finished in Verde Pino (pine green) over tan leather upholstery. Displaying just 40,000 original miles, the Ferrari retains much of its original equipment and correct colors with the outstanding drivability only delivered by a solid and well-sorted original car. During December 2016, a 30K Major Service was performed on the vehicle, with the work including all new and authentic Ferrari parts including the timing belts, gaskets, O-rings, seals, and tensioner bearings, plus new axle boots, fluids, filters, and reservoir caps. The air-conditioner was converted to modern R134A refrigerant. The underside of the vehicle and engine bay were thoroughly cleaned and a concours detailing was performed by professionals. The undercarriage is corrosion-free and remarkably clean for its originality. Both storage compartments are very orderly, with the vinyl zip covering over the spare tire assembly up front and a working zippered cover found in the rear luggage compartment, which also houses the jack, equipment roll and toolkit. Additionally, this Berlinetta’s electronics remain in excellent working order, including the clock. Correct Michelin XWX tires mounted on original Chromadora wheels with alloy valve stems finish it off.
To astute Ferrari collectors and enthusiasts, these early first-generation 308 GTBs are firmly established among the most desirable V-8 Ferraris, especially in Weber-carbureted form. A highly desirable, long-time California car, this 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB is a wonderful example in rare and handsome colors and complete with many original accessories.
1977 Ferrari 308 GTB
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