Lot 460: 1981 Ferrari 308GTS ‘288GTO Recreation’
Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1975, the stunningly beautiful 308GTB – Ferrari’s second V8-engined road car - marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed Dino 308GT4. Badged as a ‘proper’ Ferrari rather than a Dino, the newcomer had changed little mechanically apart from a reduction in wheelbase, retaining its predecessor’s underpinnings and transversely mounted 3-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 308GTB to a top speed of 150mph. Subsequent developments included the introduction in 1977 of an open 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).
This 308GTS has been recreated in the style of Ferrari’s legendary supercar of the 1980s – the 190mph 288GTO. The previous owner commissioned the conversion of his low-mileage 308 in 1987, spending over £20,000 in the process, and the car comes with a substantially file of history including bills and service records. Finished in Rosso Corsa with Daytona-style red/black leather interior, the car is offered with current MoT, road fund licence to June 2006 and Swansea V5. A stunning 288GTO look-alike at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
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