1983 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole

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1983 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole

65,000.00
  • 17,000 miles from new
  • 2 owners from new, current owner for last 31 years
  • Very well maintained and drives beautifully
  • Perfect number plate (£10,000)    
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Designed as a replacement for the Dino 246 the Ferrari 308 was introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in 1975. It would continue the mid-engined design of the Dino but with the grunt of a newly developed V8 engine. The 308 was a huge commercial success for Ferrari with just over 12,000 being built over it’s 10 year production cycle. This success and the cars immortalization in GTS form as the vehicle of choice for Magnum P.I. has cemented the 308 into the popular culture of the era. In 1980, with emissions regulations becoming stricter and stricter in the United States, a huge market for the 308, the decision was made to replace the usual Weber carburettors with a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system. This may have satisfied the regulations, but it was bad news for the power output, which dropped by nearly 20%.  Thankfully, 2 years later, Ferrari launched the 308 Quattrovalvole, with a 4 valve per cylinder arrangement which allowed for the same power as the carburetor versions, whilst still satisfying emission regulations.

 

This example is GTS (Targa top) example of the 308 Quattrovalvole (QV) and was delivered new in 1983 to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. A letter on file from Ferrari in 1986 confirms that the car was built to Italian specification.  Originally the car was specified in White with White interior, very in keeping with the fashion of the era! Early on in it’s life the 308 was painted Blue, but the White interior remained. In 1986 the current owner, who was living in Saudi Arabia at the time, bought the car from Al Ajda Achilli Service Centre, which was an official Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Riva dealership. There are a number of original service receipts from 1983 to 1986 from the cars time in Saudi Arabia and it was in 1986 that the current owner decided to move back to the UK and brought the 308 back with him. There are some photos on file of the car being loaded into the shipping container at this time. Once back in England the decision was made to repaint and retrim the car in a more traditional Rosso Corsa and Tan colour combination, a specification it retains to this day. In the last 31 years this delightful car has seen very little use, less than 10,000 kms to be precise. The MOT certficates go back to 1987 and a pile of invoices from G. Windle & Son in Malvern who maintained the car from 1988 until now, demonstrate that despitethe low mileage, this car has been very well maintained indeed. This is evident when you drive the car, which is one of the best we have driven. This wonderful 308 also benefits from the perfect number plate (A308 GTS) which is available with the car for an additional £10,000 GBP. Accompanying the car is it’s original handbooks, although the service books is missing (invoices on file demonstrate good service history). It also has it’s original spare wheel, tool roll with tools, original jack and spare bulb/fuse kit. This is a rare opportunity to buy an 80’s icon with just 2 owners and less than 20,000 miles from new.