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  Ferrari 308 GTBi

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1981 - 1982
Numbers built:494
Designed by:Pininfarina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 19, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith the 246 and 308 GT4 Dino models, Ferrari created a niche between the Porsche 911 and the marque's own super-GTs. Where the original 206/246 Dinos were styled by Pininfarina, Ferrari commissioned Bertone for its replacement, the 308 GT4. Together with a dramatic change in styling, the new Dino received a three litre V8 engine. Like it's predecessor, the 308's engine was mounted transversely behind the passenger compartment.

Although the performance increased, the cheapest Ferrari in the line up was not all well liked. The Bertone styled body was to blame, due to its four person design. This 2+2 concept conflicted with the mid-engine layout of the small sportscar and required a relatively long wheelbase. Bertone is often blamed for the unpopularity of the Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino, but it is quite possible that Pininfarina would not have faired any better with the awkward 2+2 seating requirement.

To complement the 2+2 V8, Ferrari launched a two seater V8 coupe at the 1975 Paris Motorshow. For this model the 'Dino' name was dropped and it was simply known as the 308 GTB. Pininfarina designed the sharp body of the 308 GTB much along the lines of the 365 GT4 BB. To save weight, the entire body was constructed from fibreglass, or 'vetroresina' in Italian. It featured a traditional tubular chassis, which was suspended independently all around by wishbones. The four-Carburetor dry sump engine was good for 255 bhp.

The reduced weight of the fibreglass body however came at a manufacturing cost, which lead to an all-steel replacement in 1977. Together with the fibreglass, the dry-sump lubrication was replaced by a more conventional wet-sump. As expected, these changes resulted in a slight performance drop. The line-up was also expanded with a targa bodied GTS model. In 1980, Fuel Injection replaced the Weber carbs and two years later a four valve per cylinder (Quattro Valvole) version was introduced. A final revision resulted in the 328 GTB/S in 1985, which was Ferrari's last transversly engined GT.

Featured is a 308 GTBi delivered new to Didier Pironi when he joined the Scuderia for the 1982 Formula 1 season. After a heavy crash in that same year, he was forced to retire from motor racing. A few years later he lost life in a powerboat racing accident. His widow held on to her late husband's 308 GTBi for another two decades before offering it in Bonham's annual The Ferrari Sale. Well maintained and completely original the one-owner Ferrari changed hands for just CHF43,650 or close to $34,000 USD.

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