1979 Ferrari 308GTS
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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Paris event, 13 February 2021.
Introduced as the successor to the Dino 246 in 1975, the 308 has a solid place in Ferrari history. Designed by Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina, it quickly won over many enthusiasts for both its looks and performance. Often associated with the TV show Magnum, P.I., the 308 GTS played a starring role in the series, capturing the imagination of many as it chased down criminals on the islands of Hawaii with actor Tom Selleck behind the wheel.
The 308 shared both its tube-frame platform and double-wishbone independent suspension with the Ferrari 308 GT4. The powerplant is a 2,926-cubic centimeter transverse V-8 engine, producing 240 horsepower with a top speed of 250 km/h. The 308 GTS proved to be the more popular variant of the 308 model, with a total of 3,219 examples manufactured.
The 308 GTS entered production in 1977, and while similar to the 308 GTB, the main difference between the two was its convertible top, which provided the pleasure of open-air driving. Ferrari made sure to reinforce the chassis to account for the missing roof, leaving the handling dynamics of the GTB largely intact. Removing the 308 GTS’s targa top is simple, and it easily stows directly behind the rear seats. Luggage space is provided directly behind the engine bay in a separate compartment.
This handsome 308 GTS is finished in its rare original colour of Oro Chiaro with contrasting Beige interior. Delivered new to Italy through F.lli Antonucci Sdf of Trieste, the car was originally finished just as you see it today, in Oro Chiaro Metallic (6334015 Salchi) over a Pelle Beige (VM 3218) interior. Originally registered on July 20, 1979 to Marino Bergamini, the car was first registered as TS 223365 before being transferred to Verona registration VR 525393 in March of 1980. Previous Italian registration documents on file show that the car remained in Italy through 2016 with the Bergamini family, when it was purchased by the consignor and exported to Germany. That same year, the car was granted Ferrari Classiche certification in 2016, confirming that it is finished in its original colour scheme, and is still fitted with its original engine and gearbox.
For many prospective Ferrari buyers, a 308 GTS is an enticing proposition. Combining one of Pininfarina’s timeless designs with open-air motoring and a responsive V-8 engine, a well-maintained 308 is often hard to pass up. This 308 GTS, boasting Classiche certification, a rare colour scheme, and known history from new, is surely one of the fine examples available.
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