Lot #31: 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi
Body Designed by Pininfarina, Built by Scaglietti
- Top-quality, ultimate-specification example with extremely low mileage
- Certified by Ferrari Classiche with Red Book included with sale of vehicle
- Highly desirable 'GTS' Targa in outstanding Red/Black color combination
- Beautiful Pininfarina design statement with outstanding driving experience
- Complete with toolkit and service records
Top-quality 'GTS' Targa from 1982 in stunning colors and condition, ccertified by Ferrari Classiche with Red Book included with the sale of the vehicle. Extremely low mileage - only an approximate 1,700 at the time of writing. Extremely well preserved example of one of Ferrari's renowned modern V-8 masterpieces!
Specifications: 2,926 CC DOHC V-8 engine, Bosch K-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, 240 bhp at 6,600 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, fully-independent suspension with A-arms and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,340 mm (92.13")
Designed by stylist Leonardo Fioravanti for Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, the 308 was Ferrari's first two-seat, mid-engine V-8 production model and it rightly continues to rank as one of the finest modern road cars ever offered by Ferrari. Launched at the October 1975 Paris Salon, the gorgeous 308 replaced the outgoing V-6 Dino 246 and a few years later, the Bertone-designed 308 GT4 2+2. While early cars - all 1976/1977 Berlinettas - were bodied in fiberglass (Vetroresina in Italian), the remainder of production was rendered in steel.
The 308's transverse mid-mounted, all-alloy, four-cam V-8 engine initially mounted a quartet of Weber carburetors but by 1980, rigorous emissions standards in Ferrari's key U.S. marketplace dictated their replacement with Bosch electronic fuel injection, with the updated model designated the 308 GTSi. Maintaining the performance of the original carbureted 308 with greater ease of operation and lower emissions, the fuel-injected 308 remains an all-around favorite today. The Targa-roof 308 GTS body style debuted in 1977; according to Ferrari experts, just 1,747 examples of the 308 GTSi were built from 1980 to 1982.
A recent Classic & Sports Car road test celebrated the "delicious accuracy," driver-friendly interior and sweet-sounding four-cam V-8 engine of the 308. These sentiments were also expressed in a recent Octane magazine cover story entitled "Mid-Engined Masterpiece." The 308, in Targa-top GTS form, also enjoyed a high-profile eight-year run on the popular 1980s TV series Magnum, P.I., reinforcing the beautiful and potent Ferrari's enduring and growing popularity. Extremely well balanced and thrilling to drive with fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the 308 is rightly and universally appreciated as a beautiful and potent performer.
This 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi is certified by Ferrari Classiche and accompanied at auction by the all-important "Red Book" and full documentation. Finished in iconic Rosso (Red) over Tan leather upholstery, it is exceptionally well preserved, maintained, and presented, with fewer than 1,700 at the time of writing. A top-notch example in all possible respects, this 308 GTSi is further complete with service records, all tools, and remains virtually flawless throughout. In short, this 308 GTSi is a highly desirable example of the best evolution of Ferrari's first mid-engine, V-8 sports-car lineage in spectacular condition.
Now is the time to acquire a great example of this important and influential Ferrari generation, and as such, this stellar, extremely low-mileage 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi demands serious consideration.