Yes, it’s a Berlinetta with the most beloved pop-up headlights of all times. Yes, it comes in a resprayed Nuovo Giallo paintwork and, yes, the six-digit odometer frames just above 33,000 km. But here’s the fun part: it only ran 3,500 km in the last 35 years of single ownership!
Marking its debut at the Paris and London motor shows in 1975, the 308 GTB was originally designed by Pininfarina and Scaglietti around the Dino 308 GT4’s V8 engine; the GTB though was considered the long awaited replacement the legendary Dino 246GT, though it highlighted a stronger wedge profile, a rectangular radiator grille and satin, black front bumper. One more feature, which couldn’t be easily spotted even by a trained eye, was the fibreglass body that the first 308 GTB models were fitted with except for the front lid, which was made from aluminium, thus making this model the first Ferrari production car to feature fibreglass as a body material. As for the GTS (or ‘spider’) version, it took Ferrari 2 years from the Berlinetta debut to release a proper targa-looking version of this marvellous 308 model!
This Pininfarina-designed 308 GTB was initially finished in blue, but was resprayed during current ownership in this beautiful Nuovo Giallo Fly (20Y490) paint, which appears to be in great condition, except for two bubbles which reportedly formed under the passenger’s door probably due to rust. The owner also reports that there is a minor crack on the front, black bumper, right over the bonnet, as pictured in the gallery but, apart from that, the pop-up headlights are working as expected.
The 14-inch Cromodora wheels are still shining in proper condition and Michelin XWX original tyres are still mounted, 205/70VR14 for the front and the rear, which are pictured in good shape.
As Koni shocks were factory fitted at all four corners, the seller reports they were never replaced as they always worked just fine.
The interiors were kept with their original black leather trims, though both seats were restored by the seller’s workshop.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel frames Veglia instrumentation, including a 280-km/h speedometer, a 10,000-rpm tachometer, gauges for fuel level, water temperature, oil pressure, a little watch and a five-digit odometer, showing only 33,241 km!
Mechanically, the seller reports that this GTB’s 2.9-litre, “Tipo F106AB” V8 has never been serviced in an official Ferrari workshop, given the few miles it was driven in over 30 years, but nevertheless it will be sold after a complete overhaul and timing belt replacement. Allegedly, the engine starts and runs with no issues, as reported. The car has always been stored in climate controlled premises and the seller reports the only minor sign of rust can be found on the underside of the bonnet at its top right corner, as shown in the pictures below.
As auctioned by its current and second owner, this Ferrari was purchased in 1988 from Germany and was later registered in italy, where it remained in the hands of its current owner for 35 years. The purchase will include ownership titles, the original pair of keys and the documents regarding the registration.