The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1984 Ferrari 308 GTS

Lot No.: 256

Registration: B526 FOF
Chassis Number: ZFFLA13C000048445
Engine Number: 48445
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 2926
Year of Manufacture: 1984
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 75,000 - 85,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

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, and during its comparatively long production run from 1975-85, over 20,000 examples of all engine types and sizes were produced. This new car was constructed on a traditional steel tube chassis, but its beautiful body was initially manufactured in GRP and then, after two years, Scaglietti started forming 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 four double-choke Webers, unfortunately reducing the engine's power output significantly, although the final drive was altered on these cars to give similar acceleration to a carburettor car.  Two years later, the 4-valve per cylinder Quattrovalvole or 'QV' model pushed output back up to 240 bhp restoring the status quo.  European spec cars boasted higher horsepower than cars built for the American market and were lighter. Only 748 308 GTB/S QV models were produced and they are considered by many to be the most desirable of all the 308 variations as they are the fastest and most subtly styled with a deep front valance, racing mirrors, and short lightweight bumpers.

This lovely GTS is one of just 233 right-hand drive QV Spiders produced for the UK market and was originally finished in Silver (Argento) before, in 1990, being recoloured Rosso Corsa with Crema hide and smart Red carpets.

The Ferrari is accompanied by an impressively comprehensive history file which tells us that it has been enjoyed by nine former owners, with its previous owner having kept it for nine years. The indicated mileage is 47,800 and the car has just benefited from fresh cambelts, four new tyres and a recent MOT (June 2017). The ownership file bulges with information on the 308's medical history with receipts for mechanical works in excess of £20K in the past few years.

This is a very good looking car, in excellent condition inside and out and we welcome any inspection.