Lot #32: 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi Quattrovalvolve (Not Available)
A two-owner example of the last year QV with just 26,200 miles from new; Body Designed by Pininfarina & Built by Scaglietti
- Two-owner example with just 26,200 miles from new
- Most desirable four-valve 'QV' in best Targa body style
- Renowned performance and driving dynamics
- Never repainted and interior original with upholstery never re-dyed
- Complete with jack in leather bag, tool roll, and books
- Reviewed and serviced at Black Horse Motors in Los Angeles
- Carfax shows consistent service by Cauley Ferrari for first owners
An original, low-mileage, two-owner example from the last model year of the highly regarded 308. Ultimate 'QV' four-valve evolution, Targa body style, and attractive color combination. Original paint and original, never re-dyed upholstery. Offered from a seasoned collector and complete with books and tools.
Specifications: 2,926 CC DOHC V-8 engine, Bosch K-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, 230 bhp at 6,800 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")
The Pininfarina-designed, Scaglietti-built 308 GTB Berlinetta and GTS Targa continue to be recognized today among the finest and most beautifully styled modern road cars from Ferrari. They are also renowned among the best driver's cars ever to come from Ferrari. Introduced at Paris in 1975, the 308 debuted as the replacement for the outgoing Dino 246 and, soon thereafter, the more angular Bertone-bodied 308 GT4. The first 712 cars were bodied in fiberglass, with only 100 of them allocated to the U.S. market. The remainder of 308 production numbered some 11,400 examples through 1985 and was bodied in steel panels. A transverse mid-mounted, all-alloy four-cam V-8 engine mounting a quartet of twin-choke Weber carburetors powered the sophisticated 308 and initially produced 240 hp in U.S. specification.
The 1980 308 GTSi featured Bosch Digiplex fuel injection, which replaced the initially-fitted Weber carburetors, dropping horsepower from 240 to 205, but also significantly decreasing exhaust emissions. The arrival of the Quattrovalvole or "QV" introduced four-valve cylinder heads for the Dino 3.0-liter V-8 engine, which increased power output to around 230 horsepower. This new cylinder head design also made it easier to comply with strict US emissions legislation. The Quattrovalvole could hit 60 MPH in a little over six seconds and topped out at 155 mph.
With its fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the 308 was extremely well balanced and remains highly regarded by driving enthusiasts today. A recent Classic & Sports Car road test celebrated the 308's "delicious accuracy," driver-friendly interior and sweet-sounding V-8 engine. These observations were also expressed in a recent Octane magazine cover story, entitled "Mid-Engined Masterpiece." Famously, the beautiful and potent 308 also enjoyed high-profile TV use with actor Tom Selleck during the eight-year run of Magnum, P.I.
This two-owner car was purchased by the Consignor in 2014. Simply striking in its original Rosso Corsa paint finish over black upholstery smartly piped red that is original and has never been re-dyed, this final-year, top-specification Ferrari 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole is a clean and honest example with only an approximate 26,200 miles accumulated at the time of writing. A Carfax report documents consistent service at Cauley Ferrari under the current owner. As offered, this 308 GTSi benefits from review and service work by the Ferrari specialists at Black Horse Motors of Los Angeles and it is accompanied by a jack and tools in their leather storage bag, a toolkit contained within its proper tool roll, and a distinctive factory-issued, designer-style leather document pouch containing the owners manual and the warranty and service booklet. A must for the Ferrari collector and driving enthusiast, this 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi is a very fine representative of the highly regarded and very successful Ferrari 308 series, in ultimate 'QV' specification and the most desirable Targa form.