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Ferrari 308 GTS 1979 Nero

The Ferrari 308 GTB berlinetta and targa topped 308 GTS were Ferrari’s mid-engined V8 models from 1975 to 1985. The 308 replaced the Dino 246 GT and GTS. It had a tube frame with separate body. The 308 GTB, GTS and GT4 were mechanically similar, and also shared much with the original Dino. Both 308s sit on the same tube platform, however the GT4—being a 2+2—has a longer wheelbase. The engine was a V8 of a 90 degree configuration, with belt-driven twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank. It was transversely mounted in unit with the transaxle transmission assembly, which was below and to the rear of the engine's sump. All models used a fully synchromesh 5-speed dog-leg manual gearbox. Suspension was all-independent, comprising double wishbones, coaxial coil springs and hydraulic dampers, and anti-roll bars on both axles. Four wheel vented disc brakes were also fitted. Steering was unassisted rack and pinion.

The 308's body was designed by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, who had been responsible for some of Ferrari's most celebrated shapes to date such as the Daytona, the Dino and the Berlinetta Boxer. The 308 used elements of these shapes to create something very much in contrast with the angular Bertone-designed GT4.

The Pininfarina-styled Ferrari 308 GTB was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1975, as a supplement to the Bertone-shaped 2+2 Dino 308 GT4 and a direct replacement for the 2-seater Dino 246.

Five-spoke 14-inch alloy wheels were standard, while 16-inch wheels were made available later as an option, together with sports exhaust system, high compression pistons, and high lift camshaft.

At the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show, the targa topped 308 GTS was first introduced. All GTS models used a wet sump engine and were steel-bodied. European GTB models retained the dry sump lubrication until 1981. GTS models featured a removable roof panel with grained satin black finish, which could be stowed in a vinyl cover behind the seats when not in use.

In total 3219 GTS and 2897 GTB models were produced between 1975 and 1980.

The car shown here is a beautiful Ferrari 308 GTS with a very attractive color scheme of Nero exterior paint and dark red leather interior with black details. It was delivered new in 1979 in the USA. In 1992 the car came to Holland and has been here for the last 26 years. The car is accompanied by an extensive documentation with a large service history file starting in ’92. This documentation shows the car was always properly cared for by its enthousiast owners. The car is Dutch registered and APK (MOT/TUV/CT). This example has European bumpers and no emission parts from the USA.

This lovely example runs and drives very nicely and is awaiting a new Magnum (Tom Selleck).

58.206 mi / 93.673 km

€69.500,-

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