"The 308 GTB was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 and was built alongside the 308 GT4, designed as a replacement for the 246 Dino. Designed by Leonardo Fiorvanti, the man who styled some of the most iconic Ferraris including the Daytona, the new 308 was a rakish and attractive body which fused classic elements of Ferrari styling with a thoroughly modern design. For the first two years of production the body of the 308 was produced in fibreglass, after which steel was used. The 308 shared a similar tube frame chassis as the original Dino and 308 GT4 with four wheel double wishbone independent suspension. The gearbox was a five speed manual unit with all synchromesh. In 1982 the Quattrovalvole (QV) engine was introduced which featured four valves per cylinder and saw power increase to 245bhp at 7000rpm from 214bhp of the earlier 308 GTBi engine. Performance was impressive with 0-60mph attained in 6.7 seconds, 0-100mph in 14.30 seconds and on to a top speed of 156mph.
This Ferrari 308 GTS was supplied new by Maranello Sales Ltd, Egham in March 1985 to a London based property developer. At the end of the 1980’s he decided a little more power was required, so he approached Nigel Mansell’s Ferrari Dealership, Emblem Sports Cars in Dorset, and asked them to fit the fuel injected four litre V12 400 series engine, taking the top speed of this car to over 200mph. Ferrari did not usually release their engines for use in other projects, but it is believed that Mansell was able to acquire the £75,000 unit as he had a great relationship with the factory, having driven for their F1 team for two years.
The vendor located the car in 2013, following a ten year period in storage. The person that did the conversion, Nigel Hudson, was entrusted to carry out an extensive two year recommissioning programme. The result is a very special Ferrari and one that can only be described as a ‘wolf in sheep's clothing’. This example is believed to be one of only four 308s worldwide that boasts a V12 engine. Finished in the delightful colour combination of Blue Chiaro with cream leather interior, this Ferrari is supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate together with a history folder. A superb rare 308 that offers style and power in abundance.