Lot 222 - 1976 Ferrari 308 GT4

Lot 222 - 1976 Ferrari 308 GT4

Lot 222 - 1976 Ferrari 308 GT4

Lot Number 222
Registration RBF570R
Chassis Number 12612
Engine Number 12612
Odometer reading 7,850 miles
Estimate £22,000 - £26,000
Result Sold - £19,040

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 GT4 was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in November 1973 and featured angular lines entirely different from its curvaceous two-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. It 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.

This Ferrari 308 GT4 has been in dry storage for the last eight years, recently re-commissioned which included a service and new cam belts. The car featured in a small article in a classic car magazine when their test drive was the furthest it had travelled since 2008. Purchased by the vendor in the early 1990's, he had the car completely rebuilt by Ferrari specialists Mototechnique in Surrey. The car was painted  in its original colour scheme and rebuilt at an cost in excess of £40,000, this included cutting out any rust and replacing panels before painting in the definitive Rosso Corsa and rebuilding the engine, suspension, gearbox, brakes and cooling system etc. The black interior was replaced and new red carpets fitted. The speedometer was replaced shortly after the completion of the restoration and the current odometer is showing that the car has covered less than 8,000 miles as confirmed by the old MoT test certificates in the history file. This 308 GT4 runs and drives well, the engine starts readily without any smoke from the exhaust and is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2015 and a history file containing some old MoT certificates, a few photograph taken when the bodywork was carried out and invoices for the parts of the rebuild and showing that the car received regular services right up to the time it went into storage. This is a very practical and comfortable car and the four twin-choke Webers ensures starting the car is an unforgettable experience - well it is a Ferrari after all!

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