Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1975, the stunningly beautiful 308 GTB - Ferrari’s second V8-engined road car - marked a return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed 308GT4 that had launched this highly successful series in 1973. Badged as a "proper" Ferrari rather than a Dino, the 308 GTB had changed little mechanically apart from a reduction in both wheelbase and weight, retaining its predecessor’s underpinnings and transversely mounted 3-litre quad-cam engine that now featured dry-sump lubrication. In road tune this superbly engineered power unit produced 240bhp, an output good enough to propel the 308GTB to a top speed of over 150mph. Produced initially with glassfibre bodywork - the first time this material had been used for a production Ferrari - the Scaglietti-built 308 GTB used steel after April 1977, while further developments included the introduction of an open-top GTS version with Targa-style removable roof, the adoption of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and, finally, revised cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder on the Quattrovalvole (Qv) model in 1982. An exhilarating driver’s car and a Ferrari purist’s delight, the 308 GTB and its many derivatives proved a huge commercial success for Maranello with over 12,000 sold.
Representing the 308 in its ultimate, Quattrovalvole form, this left-hand drive example of Ferrari’s first Pininfarina-styled V8 road car was owned a long time in Bologna, Italy and comes with French "carte grise" registration papers. The car displays a total of 49,500 kilometres on the odometer, the cam belts, clutch and tyres were renewed at 49,000 kilometres. However, its mechanical condition is very good. Finished in red with black leather interior and equipped with air conditioning; owner’s wallet containing service organisation handbook and guarantee.