Introduced in 1975, the glamorous 308 GTB, designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, was the first Ferrari road car with a fiberglass (vetroresina) body. Only 712 such models were built, tipping the scales at a relatively light 2,315 lbs. compared to later versions of the car built with steel panels that added some 330 lbs. The aerodynamic and well-balanced ‘vetroresina’ 308, equipped with a throaty transverse rear-mounted 2,966-cc V-8 and independent suspension, became an attractive choice for Ferrari enthusiasts looking for responsive performance and agile road-handling capabilities.
This 1976 308 GTB is a remarkably well-preserved and prime example. Built for the U.S. market, it incorporates the required emissions and safety equipment of the era. Brought into the U.S. by Ferrari distributor Chinetti-Garthwaite Imports, the car had several long-term owners, beginning in January 1977, before being acquired by its current custodian in 2014. Since taking possession of the GTB, the consignor has had it regularly serviced by the Ferrari experts at well-regarded Fast Cars Ltd. of Redondo Beach, California, and, when idle, secured in a climate-controlled facility.
The car is Ferrari Classiche certified and has just over 14,000 miles showing on the odometer. The GTB boasts an original and highly prized finish of Ferrari Fly Yellow complemented by an interior with saddle leather seating and black accents. The owner reports the dashboard and console are in fine form, instrumentation is in working order, and fit and finish all around is reflective of an exceptionally well-maintained, low-mileage Ferrari. The GTB rides on Michelin radials mounted on classic Campagnolo alloy wheels. Further, the consignor states that the engine and storage compartments are clean, and the original exhaust system is in sound condition. The factory owner’s manuals, tool kit, jack, and work light are also included.
This 308 GTB is a rare lightweight Ferrari and a genuine opportunity to add a spirited prancing horse to your stable.
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