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1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalve

Lot No.: 320

Registration: C541 MGJ
Chassis Number: ZFFLA13C000058633
Engine Number: 3527
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 2926cc
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Sold for (£): 87,750

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. 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, reducing the engine's power output significantly. Two years later, the 4-valve per cylinder Quattrovalvole or 'QV' model pushed output back up to 240 bhp restoring the status quo. Only 233 right-hand drive 308 GTS QV’s were produced. 

This beautiful 308 GTS QV was supplied new by Reg Vardy Ltd. Tyne & Wear, on 5th August 1985 to a Mr S. Hendrickson of County Durham and was finished in arguably the best Ferrari colour combination of Rosso Corsa with Crema interior and red carpets throughout. 

Passing through the hands of a further 2 owners, this car was sold by Maranello Concessionaires in 1989 to a Mr G. D’Arcy Evans, who was the brother of one of the salesmen there at the time. During Mr D’Arcy Evans ownership, and by 1995, the car had covered only 30,673 miles, meaning minimal use since. He was to keep the car until 2002, when it was sold by respected Ferrari specialist, Talacrest, to a Mr J. Penniceard. A retired engineer, Mr Penniceard took great pride in ownership and had the front and rear suspension removed, shot blasted & powder coated before being fully reassembled. 

The service and maintenance history that accompanies this car is comprehensively logged in a leather-bound file, and consists of the original service book with 6 stamps, 21 previous MOT certificates, the first of which dates back to 1989, numerous bills from marque specialists: Talacrest, Modena and Rardley. Our vendor had Ferrari specialist QV London inspect the car on his behalf pre-purchase in 2014, who gave it a glowing ‘report card’ with many a positive remark. 

In March 2016 by which point mileage was recorded at 37,736 miles, the car was sent to Rardley Motors, where it received a comprehensive service and new cambelts. Since then use has been infrequent and this car is now showing 38,500 miles which we believe to be correct, as supported by the raft of MOT’s and service records. 

Supplied with a spare set of split-rim wheels, its jack and toolkit, original spare wheel, and a UK V5c, this 308 GTS QV is in superb condition and has clearly been well looked after by all of its owners. MOT tested until 11th September 2017, this low mileage and rare UK right-hand drive car would sit perfectly in any Ferrarista’s collection today and we welcome you to come and inspect the car.