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1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi

Lot No.: 308

Registration: 6994 RH
Chassis Number: ZFFHA02C000042501
Engine Number: 42501
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 2926
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Sold for (£): Unsold

October 1975 saw the debut at the Paris Motor Show of the most successful shape ever to wear the Cavallino Rampante emblem, the Ferrari 308. Over 20,000 examples of all engine types and sizes were produced from 1975-1989. This new car was constructed on a traditional steel tube chassis, but its beautiful body was firstly manufactured in GRP and then after two years, Scaglietti started making GTBs in steel. The 3-litre, four-cam V8 was more or less unchanged until March 1981 when Bosch fuel injection was added in place of the 4 double-choke Webers, although the final drive was altered on these cars to give similar acceleration to a carburettor car. Both versions have their supporters, but the 308 is generally accepted as one of Ferrari's all-time greatest road cars and prices are most definitely on the rise.

Delivered new to its first owner in 1982, this beautiful Ferrari 308 GTSi is finished in Rosso Corsa with a Nero leather interior and red carpets throughout. Purchased by our vendor from Modena Ferrari on the 25th May 1989, this car has been well and truly pampered by him ever since in his almost 27 years of ownership. He has always followed 'best practice' with these cars by making sure that they were warmed up properly before use, and the air conditioning run periodically and slowly turned down before shutting off. The oil has been changed as a matter of course between services and he has respected the Ferrari's little idiosyncrasies, ensuring this car has always remained in tip-top condition.

The service and maintenance history that accompanies this car is comprehensively filed and is supported by a raft of MoT certificates dating back to 1986. Parts have always been purchased from recognised suppliers such as Superformance and the trail of invoices logging the service history is as follows:

 

Total Mileage

Mileage after Speedo change

Specialist

Invoice number

Date

Work undertaken

4,080

 

Maranello

1777

8.11.83

Service

18,624

 

Bramshaw

8948

23.7.86

Cambelt & service

23,066

 

Modena

6298

30.3.87

Service

33,214

 

Modena

9039

5.5.89

Service

34,693

 

Modena

9538

27.11.89

Cambelt & service

39,511

 

Speedo change July 1991

 

 

 

50,782

11,271

Maranello

6634

20.1.94

Cambelt, Waterpump & Service

50,932

11,421

MHT

0048

27.1.94

Service

60,261

20,750

Potter

2496

4.3.99

Service

61,509

21,998

MHT

0196

7.9.99

Cambelt & service

63,533

24,022

Owner & Rogers

4434

18.1.06

Cambelt & service

68,603

29,092

Rogers

12335

10.8.15

Cambelt, Waterpump & Service

 

Along with the other maintenance that has been carried out, the wheels have been kept in great condition and are shod with the correct period Michelin TRX tyres for which they were originally designed. This 308 GTSi is supplied with a full complement of original Ferrari tools, jack, all handbooks & manuals, 2 spare keys in their original pouch and a fitted car cover as well as the original radio which sits happily where it always has.

The lines of the 308 have aged well, and this example in a classic colour combination looks every inch the quintessential 1980's Ferrari. The paintwork is splendid, the engine bay is tidy and the interior is in excellent condition with just the light patina of a well-loved sports car.

With a UK V5c bearing cherished registration '6994 RH' and MoT tested until 24th June '16, this well cared for and recently belted & serviced 308 is now ready to begin the next chapter of its life after nearly 27 years with our vendor. Even when photographing the car, reputedly one of only 67 GTSis in right-hand drive, it was surrounded by many admirers, and this cataloguer can confirm how 'tight' and well setup it felt on the road. Rarely do cars of this quality come to market, and we feel it's a fantastic opportunity not to be missed.