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  Ferrari 308 GTB 'Vetroresina'

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1975 - 1977
Numbers built:712
Introduced at:1975 Paris Motor Show
Designed by:Pininfarina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 08, 2004
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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 very early fibreglass bodied 308 GTB, which at the time of these photos during the 2003 Bonham's Gstaad Ferrari auction, had covered only 7,935 km. Estimated to sell between 25,000 and 35,000 Swiss Francs, it changed hands for just under 46,000 Swiss Francs.

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