1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi
1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi, 8K Miles, Rare Color, New Leather Hides Included, Records
The Ferrari 308 GTB berlinetta and targa topped 308 GTS are V8 mid-engined, two-seater sports cars manufactured from 1975 to 1985. The 308 replaced the Dino 246 GT and GTS in 1975.
The 308 had a tube frame with separate body. The 308 GTB/GTS were mechanically similar, and also shared much with the original Dino. Both 308s sit on the same tube platform. The engine was a V8 of a 90 degree configuration, with two belt-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank. It was transversely mounted in unit with the transaxle transmission assembly, which was below and to the rear of the engine's sump. All models used a fully synchromesh 5-speed "dog-leg" manual gearbox and a clutch-type limited slip differential. Suspension was all-independent, comprising double wishbones, coaxial coil springs and hydraulic dampers, and anti-roll bars on both axles; four wheel vented disc brakes were also fitted. Steering was unassisted rack and pinion.
The 308's body was designed by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, who had been responsible for some of Ferrari's most celebrated shapes to date such as the Daytona, the Dino and the Berlinetta Boxer. GTS models featured a removable roof panel with grained satin black finish, which could be stowed in a vinyl cover behind the seats when not in use.
The Pininfarina-styled Ferrari 308 GTB was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 as a supplement to the Bertone-shaped 2+2 Dino 308 GT4 and a direct replacement for the 2-seater Dino 246.
Its F106 AB V8 engine was equipped with four twin-choke Weber 40DCNF carburetors and single coil ignition.
In 1980 Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection was offered, leading to the 308 GTBi and GTSi; The fuel injection was coupled to a Marelli MED 803A Digiplex electronic ignition, incorporating a coil, distributor, and ignition module for each bank of cylinders.
Outside, the car was identical to the 308 GTB/GTS, save for metric sized wheels of a slightly different design, fitted with Michelin TRX radial tires—Michelin XWX on 16-inch wheels were optional. Inside, the clock and oil temperature gauge were moved to the center console; there were also a new black steering wheel with three perforated spokes, and seats of a different pattern.
494 GTBis and 1743 GTSis were produced.
The 308 was made famous by the television series Magnum, P.I. The series' lead, Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) drove the car around Oahu for eight seasons while on his investigations, from 1980 to 1988
In 2004, Sports Car International named this car number five on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s.
This GTBi is already rare being 1 of 494 ever made, but is certainly rarer given it's unique and beautiful Rosso Rubino exterior color. With under 8,000 miles showing on the odometer, this 308 is documented with service records, including a major in 2015 and is complete with factory tool kit, Jack, and books. In addition, a complete set of OEM Replacement Leather hides for the seats and doors are included in the sale. 308's are expected to rise in value, especially the low production variants. This is a great opportunity to own an original, low mile example, in a very rare color.
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