The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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1983 Ferrari 308 GTB QV

Lot No.: 455

Registration: CPE 293Y
Chassis Number: 444417
Engine Number: 44417
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Estimate (£): 80,000 - 90,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

The 308 GTB was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 as a direct replacement for the Dino 246. Designed by Pininfarina with sweeping curves and aggressive lines, the 308 has gone on to become one of the most recognised Ferraris of all time.  In 1982/3, Ferrari introduced the four-valve per cylinder Quattrovalvole, or QV, following their attempts to comply with American regulations with an emission-reducing, fuel-injected engine, which, unfortunately, also reduced the power output significantly. The QV engine restored the status quo pushing the power output back up to 240hp and rescuing the Ferrari's reputation.

Only 748 308 GTB QV s were produced, with one-third being European models, and these scarce cars are considered by many to be the most collectable of the steel 308s.

This, 1983 308 GTB QV, is one of 74 produced in right-hand drive and has covered just over 34,000 miles in the hands of its four owners. This rare car has clearly been well looked after throughout its life, indeed the previous owner stored the car in his private collection for 22 years, only covering around 5,000 miles during this period. The service history accompanying the car, details a lot of the work carried out throughout its life since leaving the factory in 1983. The file also details the two changes of speedometer head, due to two faulty units, in 83 and 91, but these changes are documented in the file and it's clear that the car has covered 34,500 miles in total. Indeed, the current odometer shows 9,500 miles since it was fitted in 1991, some 26 years ago. 

Our vendor has recently spent around £15k at Ferrari specialist, Paul Hargreaves, for a major service in September 2016 in order to get the car completely up to scratch prior to our sale. There are invoices in the history file detailing the work and this service included the important cam belt change. Finished in the classic combination of Rosso Corsa with a Tan interior this is a truly fine and rare Ferrari with years of spirited motoring still ahead.