The Ferrari 308 GTB was introduced at the 1975 Paris Motor Show as a replacement for the 246GT Dino, carrying over design elements such as the air intakes on the side panels, the recessed curved rear window and the signature twin tail lights. The new mid-engine two-seater succeeded instantly with the motoring press and its potential clientele, who were pleased with the performance delivered by the 2.9 litre V8. The 308 GTB also received the in style “wedge” treatment by Pininfarina with a modern twist and beautiful lines.
The most notable feature of the early 308 GTB’s is the use of fiberglass for the bodies (Vetroresina in Italian). These 308’s being produced between 1975-1977 and till this day being the only Ferrari’s to receive this material bodywork. It is believed this took place as to speed up production and recuperate lost market share caused by the not successful Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino. As Fiberglass was considered inferior at the time, only 712 vehicles were produced in this guise, of which 100 are believed to be RHD Dry Sumps.
Over the years, the fiberglass 308 GTB Dry Sump has become the most desirable variant due to its rarity, combination of a lighter body by 150 kg with carburettors, and ultimately the reduction of corrosion areas.
Chassis 20489 is a late production car being delivered to Maranello Concessionaires Ltd in December of 1976. Ordered new by Maltin Car Concessionaires in Argento Auteil over Blu VM3015 with Blu Carpets and the option of Air Conditioning; later changing in the 1980’s to Rosso Corsa over Nero.
In 2014, chassis 20489 received a very comprehensive refresh by a reputable Ferrari specialist with an invoice in excess of £20,000. Having had several fastidious owners, 20489 comes with a comprehensive history file, a Tony Willis supplied original bill of sale and factory order sheet, its original sales brochure, its original leather document pouch with manuals, as well as its tools and jack.
Chassis 20489 comes with a recent Major Service and Cam Belt replacement by our workshop.
Price: £ 159,950