Lot 270 - 1985 12915 308GTS V12 'Nigel's Flyer'
|Odometer reading||44,404 miles|
|Estimate||£52,000 - £58,000|
The 308GTB was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 and was built alongside the 308GT4, designed as a replacement for the 246 Dino. Designed by Leonardo Fiorvanti, the man who styled some of the most iconic Ferrari's including the Daytona, the new 308 was a rakish and attractive body which fused classic elements of Ferrari styling with a thoroughly modern design. For the first two years of production the body of the308 was produced in fibreglass, after which steel was used. The 308 shared a similar tube frame chassis as the original Dino and 308GT4 with four wheel double wishbone independent suspension. The engine was a V8 unit which was positioned behind the driver and was transversely mounted with double overhead camshafts and four 40DCNF Weber carburettors, latterly replaced with Bosch K Jetronic mechanical fuel injection. The gearbox was a five speed manual unit with all synchromesh. In 1982 the Quattrovalvole (QV) engine was introduced which featured four valves per cylinder and saw power increase to 245bhp at 7000rpm from 214bhp of the earlier 308GTBi engine. Performance was impressive with 0-60mph attained in 6.7 seconds, 0-100mph in 14.30 seconds and on to a top speed of 156mph.
This Ferrari 308GTS was supplied new by Maranello Sales Ltd, Egham in March 1985 to a property developer based in London. At the end of the 1980's he decided that he would like it with a little more power so he approached Nigel Mansell's Ferrari Dealership, Emblem Sports Cars in Dorset and asked them to fit the fuel injected four litre V12 400 series engine, taking the top speed of this car to over 200mph. Ferrari don't usually release their engines for use in other projects but it is believed that Mansell was able to acquire the £75,000 unit because he was a big hero of the Maranello marque after two brave years as F1 team driver in 1989/90. This Ferrari 308GTS known as 'Nigel's Flyer' had three more owners since the early 1990's; the third owner took it to Italy around 2000 to an Ferrari enthusiasts rally, but the car has been laid up since 2004/5. Re-commissioned this year, this 308GTS V12, finished in blue with light tan interior, is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2014, a handbook, service books and a file containing invoices and old MoT certificates. This is an opportunity to purchase a completely unique Ferrari with a connection to one of the Tifosi heroes of that time.
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