1984 Ferrari 208

GTS Turbo No Reserve

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1984
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Lot number 
    116
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis No 49485

- Rare model
- Well-preserved condition
- More character than a 308
- No reserve

Why giving birth to a 2-litre Turbo version when the Ferrari 308 already gives its customers full satisfaction? For tax reasons: in Italy, cars exceeding 2 litres are liable for heavier taxes, which prompted Ferrari to launch its 208 GT in 1980, with a 2-litre V8 engine developing 155 hp. It remains however a big difference with the 308 which produces 255hp, hence why a Turbo version will follow in 1982: It exhibits a powerful 219 hp with the KKK turbo and therefore delivers a performance which lives up to its attractiveness. It is the first time that Ferrari fitted such a device on a marketed model. The shape is also a bit more aggressive, with an additional lateral air intake and a rear spoiler.
This specific example has the advantage of being in a wonderful well-preserved condition, with a flawless bodywork in "Rosso Corsa" colour and its interior in original beige leather highlighted here in a pleasant patina. This 208 GTS Turbo was sold new in Italy and includes a stamped logbook with various services carried out at the time. It's been in the hands of a collector and racing driver from Lyon for the past four years and displays a mileage of 85,000 km. It comes with a file that includes the original manuals, servicing and repair invoices, with the latest one carried out by specialist Calderoni in November 2019, when they replaced the belts. The gearbox was rebuilt in 2017.
The 208 Turbo is a rare car (437 units) and is more original than its sister, the 308. This car is even more desirable thanks to its GTS version with retractable roof.

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1984-ferrari-208-gts-turbo-no-reserve-3980-116

Photos © Loïc Kernen