Lot 137 - 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS QV
|Odometer reading||259,000 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £46,000|
The 308 GTB was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1975, it was built alongside the 308 GT4 and 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 sported 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 the 308 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 transversely mounted with double overhead camshafts and four 40DCNF Weber carburettors, later replaced with Bosch K Jetronic mechanical fuel injection. At the 1982 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari launched the 308 Quattrovalvole, in GTB and GTS form. The main change from the 308 GTBi/GTSi it succeeded, were the four valves per cylinder which pushed output back up to 240hp restoring some of the performance lost to the emission control equipment. The interior also received some minor updates such as a satin black three spoke steering wheel with triangular centre; cloth seat centres became available as an option to the standard full leather.
This left hand drive 308 GTS Quattrovalvole, presented in Rosso Corsa with Nero leather interior, has recently been the subject to having over £24,000 spent on it by marque specialists QV London and Joe Macari. This work included rebuilding the gearbox, new clutch, carrying out a full engine service including cambelts, new H/T leads and new sub frame mounts. The brakes have been fully overhauled, the radiator was removed and reconditioned and new tyres were fitted. At the same time, the under fairing and rear bumper was repaired and repainted. This 308 GTS QV is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in April 2019 together with copies of the invoices for the recent work carried out. The GTS is the popular choice due to the Targa roof which, when removed, provides the occupants with the thrill of open top motoring at high speed whilst listening to the howl of the Ferrari V8 engine.
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