1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Qv Targa Coupé Coachwork by Pininfarina/Scaglietti Registration no. B308 LFP Chassis no. ZFFLA13C000055989
Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1975, the stunningly beautiful 308 GTB - Ferrari's second V8-engined road car - marked a return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed 308 GT4. Badged as a 'proper' Ferrari rather than a Dino, the 308 GTB had changed little mechanically apart from a reduction in both wheelbase and weight, retaining its predecessor's underpinnings and transversely mounted 3.0-litre quad-cam engine that now featured dry-sump lubrication. In road tune this superbly engineered power unit produced 255bhp, an output good enough to propel the 308 GTB to a top speed of over 150mph. Produced initially with glassfibre bodywork - the first time this material had been used for a production Ferrari - the Scaglietti-built 308 GTB used steel after April 1977. Further developments included the introduction of an open GTS version with Targa-style removable roof; the adoption of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection; and, finally, revised cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder on the Quattrovalvole (Qv) model in 1982.
Representing the 308 in its ultimate, Quattrovalvole form, this rare right-hand drive example of Ferrari's first Pininfarina-styled V8 road car was delivered new in the UK to a Mr H Prew-Smith on 22nd March 1985 and registered as 'B308 LFP'. The Ferrari was delivered finished in Rosso Corsa with Rosso-piped Crema hide upholstery and red carpets, and was equipped with air conditioning and the deep front spoiler. A few months later, on 21st November 1985, the car was acquired from Mr Prew-Smith by a Mr JM Castle, and in October 2001 passed into the ownership of Mrs ZJ Castle. The current vendor has owned the Ferrari since 24th September 2015. From 2002 the registration changed to 'JC 2354' but has since reverted to the original 'B308 LFP'.
The comprehensive history file contains the original Ferrari wallet; Blaupunkt radio manual; Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole owner's manual; Warranty Card and Owner's Service Book; Mondial Assistance UK Emergency Cover booklet; and a 1985 Sale and Service Organisation booklet. Also on file are numerous expired tax discs and MoT certificates verifying the recorded mileage, the most recent (2015) showing 15,419 miles. Other documentation includes some Ferrari main dealer correspondence and service history; Maranello Concessionaires Ltd invoice and price list; Ferrari production booklet and brochure; Ferrari Spare Parts Catalogue; an unopened letter from Ferrari; Weber carburettors instruction pack; Ferrari Owners Club information pack in Mrs ZJ Castle's name; and an A4 paper printout of photographs taken on the Ferrari 308 production line. Offered fresh from pre-sale servicing by Meridien Modena, Southampton, this quite exceptional Quattrovalvole is presented in immaculate condition.