1981 FERRARI 308 GTB (2)

Of course the 308 is a joy to house, drive or even clean. What surprises most is its mechanical strength and dependability.

Rosso corsa paintwork with crema leather. This classic combination is so well suited to a mid-engined Ferrari that some consider it the default choice. There’s a lot to drink in with the svelte, low-slung shape that initially raised purists’ eyebrows but now seems to be universally admired – especially in that red. Just examining all the external vents is an interesting exercise and cleaning the car can become a favourite pastime.

The more critical choice for buyers was between GTB and targa-style GTS body types. Steel body panels were mandatory after the first 712 cars were built with fibreglass bodies. This Berlinetta might not have the open-air appeal of the popular GTS but has better structural rigidity – and air-conditioning.

Drive is via a five-speed manual with limited slip differential. There’s a traditional exposed metal gate for the spring-loaded gearlever and a dogleg to negotiate when changing from first to second. You can’t rush shifts or expect crisp click-clack changes until everything is up to a healthy operating temperature but this car doesn’t protest if you engage second when cold.
You slip into a shapely leather lined bucket that has plenty of travel but makes you reach for the Momo wheel. The cabin is a strictly analogue affair with attractive switches and sliders. Everything has a positive action and everything works. That’s not just impressive for an ageing Italian that’s used infrequently but supports the car’s solid reputation for reliability.

We are buying similar cars in superior condition: 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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