Lot 253 - 1976 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4
|Odometer reading||63,517 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,360|
The 308 GT4 2+2 was a groundbreaking model for Ferrari in several ways; it was the first production Ferrari to feature the mid-engined V8 layout that would become the bulk of the company's business in subsequent decades, and was the first production Ferrari to feature Bertone (rather than Pininfarina) bodywork. The Dino 308 GT4 was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in November 1973 and featured angular lines entirely different from its curvaceous 2-seater brother, the Dino 246. The styling was controversial at the time with some journalists comparing it to the Bertone-designed Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Urraco. The 308 GT4 finally gained the 'Prancing Horse' badge in May 1976 which replaced the Dino badges on the bonnet, wheels, and the steering wheel. The chassis was based on the Dino 246 but was stretched to make room for the second row of rather small seats. The suspension was fully independent and the V8 engine mounted transversely. The 2926cc, V8 engine was integrally joined with the gearbox and produced a respectable 250hp; it had an alloy cylinder block and heads with twin overhead camshafts. There were two series of GT4; the earlier cars featured a twin distributor engine and fog lamps mounted in the front valance. Later cars had a single distributor engine with fog lamps mounted behind the front grill.
This delightful Dino 308GT4 was first registered on 13th January 1976 and has been in the custodian of the vendor since 16th November 1996. A history file accompanies the Ferrari, together with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate. The vendor has used the Dino very little of late which is his only reason for selling his pride and joy. Clearly a car that has been well looked after, this Ferrari Dino 308GT4 is finished in red with cream interior and, given the modest estimate, this could be one to watch.
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