By the start 1970s, Ferrari was squarely in the middle of a major transition. Both their product line and the company’s stoic culture were about to undergo a dramatic shift. Through the 1960s they were still very much a boutique manufacturer, building cars to special order and selling their hand-assembled production road cars mainly to fund the racing team. But with the success of the entry level 246 Dino, which coincided with Fiat acquiring 50% of Ferrari in 1969, the scope of their road car production was about to change drastically. Road cars were about to take center stage in place of Enzo’s beloved Scuderia and strong sales of the sweet little 246GT Dino had proved that the mid-engine layout was not only viable, but that mid-engine cars should form the foundation of the Ferrari lineup for the foreseeable future.
Following up on the success of the Dino was bound to be difficult, but thanks to the work of chief engineer Leonardo Fiavoranti, as well as some much needed cash from Fiat, a worthy successor was finally built. There was a bit of a false start in the form of the 308GT4, but the car that followed set Ferrari on a path of success that led well into the late 1980s. The 308GTB and its open topped sibling the GTS debuted in 1975 with gorgeous Pininfarina bodywork, a 3-liter four-cam V8 mounted transversely behind the seats, and a 5-speed transaxle. With its sublimely balanced chassis and healthy power output, the Ferrari 308 went on to become the company’s most successful model to date, running well into the late 1980s as the reworked 328. In the process it captured the hearts and minds of thousands of people, earning its place as the quintessential 1980s Ferrari.
This very attractive 1980 308GTSi is finished very handsomely in grigio over a red leather interior and shows a modest and believed genuine 15,357 miles from new. It is a very tidy and attractive car that has been extremely well maintained through the years, remaining mostly original, with the exception of one good quality respray. The color combination is sublime, a very attractive alternative to the classic red cars that made up the vast majority of 308 production.
Inside, the original red leather has been remarkably well-preserved and presents in excellent condition. Original red carpets and center console are also in excellent condition and contrast nicely with the black dash and armrests. Factory original instruments and switchgear are all in place, as are the controls for the factory Veglia Borletti air conditioning. The black leather dash in in very good condition and shows no excessive shrinking or cracks. A period Nakamichi TD-500 stereo cassette player has been fitted, which was a very high end, audiophile-quality head unit in its day, a perfectly appropriate accessory for a Ferrari of this era. Beneath the engine cover is a tidy and clean 3.0 liter, Bosch fuel-injected V8. It shows signs of regular maintenance and is very nicely detailed with correct fittings, finishes, hardware and original decals. The original jack bag which includes the jack, lug wrench, and Ferrari 12-volt flashlight can be found in the trunk. Also included in the sale are the original books, and documentation including the original invoice from Chinetti Motors.
The 308 was Ferrari’s first major commercial success and over 12,000 were sold over the course of its production span. For some time it was brushed off as an inferior Ferrari, but in truth, the 308 is a fantastic driver’s car that is extremely satisfying to own. Enthusiasts and collectors have finally realized this and as a result, values have been steadily on the rise. Solid, usable examples can be difficult to find, particularly in rare colors such as this. Thankfully, this beautiful 308GTSi is turn-key and ready for you to carve up your favorite back roads.
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