Today’s Ferrari supercars push the boundaries of technology, exotic style and high-tech aerodynamics for road cars. But in the days Enzo Ferrari was in charge, he preferred to let his rivals develop new technology while he sat back, only to sweep in and perfect it. Sometimes, Enzo’s reluctance cost him such as when Jaguar adopted disc brakes and went on to multiple LeMans 24H wins. Rear engine layouts were another source for skepticism from the great man. But Enzo’s son, Dino had convinced his father that “putting the cart before the horse” was the way to future success on the road and on the race track. Dino’s enthusiasm was strong enough to win over his father, and he was allowed to press forward with rear-mounted V6 powered sports cars. When young Dino became ill and passed away, every V6 powered Ferrari from that point forward would bear his name.
The Dino 206 and 246 were some of the most sublime and beautiful road cars ever produced by Ferrari, in spite of never officially wearing the Prancing Horse badge. The entry level Dino was successful enough that its successor, which had grown to 3 liters and 8-cylinders, was folded into the official Ferrari lineup for 1976. The Bertone bodied, 2+2 308GT4 was controversial when compared to the supple and curvaceous 246 and for 1975, a Pininfarina bodied 2-seater was unveiled – the 308 GTB – the true successor to the Dino 246.
The 308 GTB and its open topped sibling, GTS, quickly became one of the most successful production cars of all time for Ferrari. The combination of the sumptuous Pininfarina styling with a sonorous three-liter V8 mounted transversely behind the driver. For 1980, the addition of Bosch fuel injection added a much needed degree of drivability. 215 horsepower from a 3.0 liter V8 may not sound like much today, but it lends the 308 with a wonderfully balanced nature and of course an addictively throaty exhaust note. The 308 GTBi/GTSi are considered by many to be some of most involving driver’s cars of the era. They are fun, beautiful to look at and are becoming more and more collectible as the Ferrari collector market continues to expand.
Presented here is a tidy and honest example of a 308 GTSi showing just 50,200 miles. It is finished in classic Rosso Corsa with a black leather interior. The body is in very good condition, with good straight panels, quality exterior trim and very nice glossy paint. The interior is well kept and tidy, showing appropriate wear for the year and mileage, but obviously has been well cared for. A later fitment AM/FM CD player provides a bit of additional entertainment for longer trips. A clean Carfax report confirms an accident free history that is backed up by its tidy and straight body shell. The 3.0 liter, injected V8 runs strong, putting power through a 5-speed gearbox shifted via the classic Ferrari polished metal gate. This being a desirable GTS, it features the removable targa roof panel for a bit of open air motoring.
This 308 GTSi is a well-sorted, turnkey car that is ready to be driven and enjoyed. The 308 was once considered the bargain Ferrari, but collectors have taken notice, and well maintained examples have skyrocketed in value. This is a very well-sorted and usable car offered at a reasonable price point.
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