1981 FERRARI 308 GTB

With delicate, show-stealing looks, the 308 has a timeless beauty that helped cement the success of mid-engined Ferraris.

The 308 GTB is probably the Keeper that least needs an introduction. It’s hard to believe that Pininfarina’s stunning wedge shape dates from a Paris Show debut way back in 1975. Tucked in above and across the rear axle is an incarnation of Ferrari’s first V8 and ‘308’ represents 8 cylinders of roughly 3.0-litre capacity.

This all-alloy V8 sounds best on carbs, and this example is one of the final RHD dry-sump cars running four Weber 40DCNF carburettors. Power delivery, broadcast by quad pipes, is vocal with a capital ‘V’ and builds gradually with no sudden kick. Later in 1981, the factory engineers added Bosch fuel injection and four valves per cylinder, denoted by ‘QV’.

This car is original except for a set of upgraded wheels that better fill those beguiling arches. 308s originally rode on 14-inch wheels with high-profile Michelins; the bigger wheels and tyres fitted match the sizes of those fitted to the later 328. But most enthusiasts agree that the 308 GTB is as aesthetically pleasing as any of the Ferrari wedges that followed and it’s also usefully smaller than contemporary mid-engined supercars.

Driven one? Share your 308 experience: keepers@kiwigarage.co.nz

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FERRARI 308 GTB

VARIANT Berlinetta

COLOUR Rosso Corsa

UPHOLSTERY black leather

ENGINE 2926cc V8

POWER 190kW (255bhp)

TORQUE 285Nm @ 5000rpm

TRANSMISSION 5-speed manual, RWD

0-100km/h 6.7 secs

WHEELS 16-inch alloy

LENGTH 4.23m

WEIGHT 1140kg

EMAIL keepers@kiwigarage.co.nz

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