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1979 Ferrari 308 GTB 'Dry Sump'
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. F106AB27371

"The 308 GTB is everything you've come to expect of a Ferrari and more. The trend today is away from super powerful and super thirsty cars like the Boxer, Bora and Countach and toward smaller-engine cars stressing total refinement rather than brute power. And the 308 is a dramatic demonstration of how well Ferrari has coped with the pressing demands of emissions, safety, higher fuel prices and lower speed limits while retaining all the prestige and fun for which this marque has become famous." – Road & Track.

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 that had launched this highly successful series in 1973. Badged as a 'proper' Ferrari rather than a Dino, the 308GTB had changed little mechanically apart from a reduction in both wheelbase and weight, retaining its predecessor's underpinnings and transversely mounted 3-litre quad-cam engine, which 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 241km/h.

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, while further developments included the introduction of an open-top GTS version with Targa-style removable roof; the adoption of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection (1980); and, finally, revised cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder (1982). An exhilarating driver's car and a Ferrari purist's delight, the 308 GTB and its many derivatives proved a huge commercial success for Maranello with over 12,000 sold.

Road & Track concluded its test thus: "Yes, the Ferrari 308 GTB offers a balanced blend of styling, performance, comfort, ride and handling few cars can match. But there's more to it than that. It's a blending of man and machine that makes the two fell and act as one. That's what makes the 308 GTB such a great car."

This beautiful matching-numbers example of Ferrari's first Pininfarina-styled V8 road car is a desirable European delivered example with a magnificent and unusual colour scheme. The Ferrari was delivered new to Auto Becker in Düsseldorf, Germany and first registered on 10th August 1979, having left the factory finished in Grigio Ferro Metallizato (Metallic Iron Grey) with Rossa (red) leather interior and equipped with the desirable air conditioning. Highly original, having covered a believed-genuine 69,000 kilometres from new, this 308 has benefitted from a major recent service by official and well-known Ferrari dealer Eberlein. In fact, in view of its superb condition, this 308 belonged to the director of the Eberlein dealership. The 308 Dry Sump was bought by the current owner straight from Eberlein. Ferrari Classiche certified, the car comes with its original books and German registration documents.

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