Ferrari’s 1975-1985 presence in the mid-engined, V8 segment of the luxury sports car market was represented by the 308 GTB, GTS, and GT4. The Pininfarina-bodied 308 GTB debuted at the 1975 Paris Auto Show featuring a 2.9 liter, 255 hp V8, with a tubular chassis below the body and four-wheel independent suspension. In 1977 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the targa-topped GTS debuted. Compared to its fiberglassed hardtop sibling, the GTS was clad in a steel body. Shifts from fiberglass to steel also occurred in the late production GTBs. While the 308 GTB and GTS have many mechanical components in common and share a tubular chassis similar to the one Ferrari used in the 308 GT4, the GT4’s 2+2 configuration forced the wheelbase to be extended from the original GTB dimensions to accommodate rear passengers.
Recognized by fans and critics alike as one of the most prominent Ferraris of the seventies and eighties, the 308 GTS was featured in the Magnum, P.I. TV series. Gaining wide popularity due to its public exposure and distinctive styling, it has made it into the top five lists of sports cars in the 1970s.
Something to keep in mind when looking at the statistics of the 308 are the differences in power, weight, and construction due to varied safety and emissions standards required by the US and Europe. The stringent standards of 1970s US automotive legislation resulted in an 18 hp drop from 255 hp to 237 hp, while weight was added to the 308 model line in the form of bulked up bumpers and chassis reinforcements to satisfy safety requirements.
For those interested in purchasing a Ferrari 308, we have a limited selection for sale in both the coupe and targa-topped versions, variety depending on availability. Where prices are not listed, please contact the dealer or our representatives for cost.
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