Lot 250 - 1980 Ferrari 308 GTSi
|Odometer reading||57,500 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £39,000|
The 308 GTB was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 and was built alongside the 308 GT4, designed as a replacement for the 246 Dino. Designed by Leonardo Fiorvanti, the man who styled some of the most iconic Ferraris 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 the 308 was produced in fibreglass, after which, steel was used. The 308 shared a similar tube frame chassis to the original Dino and 308 GT4; with four wheel, double wishbone independent suspension. Although Ferrari had used fuel injection for a number of his single seater and sports racing cars, it had been considered too complex and precarious for use with road cars. As time went by, the technology improved until, in 1979, fuel injection was introduced on the 400 GT. Perhaps the ousting of Weber artistry was inevitable not only from an engine development point of view, but also to help in meeting the increase demands of the legislators. Whatever the reasons, it became Ferrari policy to introduce fuel injection on all production models. For the 308 Ferrari chose to stay with the Bosch K Jetronic system. It was available on the US specification 308s around the middle of 1980, but not until some months later on the European models. Along with the introduction of fuel injection, there was a switch to Marelli Digiplex electronic ignition and the gearbox was modified. Outwardly, there was little to distinguish these cars from those that have gone before. The ‘I’ on the back denotes the use of injection and twin tailpipes either side of the silencer box, but this was not infallible as twin exhausts had also been used on high performance options.
Imported from the USA in July 1998, this 1980 Ferrari 308 GTSi was originally supplied in Rosso Corsa but was repainted in 2011, changing the colour to Giallo Fly, the very attractive Ferrari yellow which presents in fantastic condition. The interior is superb and was re-trimmed last year in black leather by Peter Cagnia, who spent most of his working life (including his training) with Bentley and Rolls-Royce when they were in Crewe. The car also comes with a black removable roof. This car was part of a private collection, previous to the present owner and was taken off the road in 2006 before being recommissioned in 2013 by a top UK Ferrari specialist, QV London based in Windsor, Berkshire.
It has been serviced by QV regularly and in May 2015 the cambelts were replaced (2000 miles ago) by the same company. This Ferrari 308 GTSi is supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate valid until May 2019 and a small history file containing old MoT test certificates and copies of invoices from 2013. The 308 model is one of the most classical shapes produced by Ferrari in the 1980s and good value as Ferraris continue to rise in value and desirability.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.