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Ferrari 308 GTSi 1980
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The Ferrari 308 was a classic car from the moment it was launched in 1975 and nearly 40 years later, the 308 has managed to hang on to some magic, even if you didn't grow up watching Magnum P.I.
Whether you recognize it from posters on a bedroom wall or as the chariot of Tom Selleck's mustache, many people know this red wedge instantly.
It was powered by the V8 from the GT4, and for the first 712 cars, was made in glassfibre - a first for Ferrari. That didn't last long, as it was cheaper and quicker to build the 308 from steel. Today, the glassfibre cars are the most collectable - and expensive - of the 308/328 family - and values are accordingly higher.
But the steel 308s were big sellers from launch in 1977. And Ferrari continued to develop them throughout their life.
ABOUT THIS CAR
- Chassis #:ZFFAA02A8A0033743
- Good, regularly serviced, tough engine – performs great
- Good, rust free body with nice, presentable paintwork.
- Leather Interior in good condition
- Mechanically sound
- Spare wheel / jack included
- Imported from the USA in 2007 and was first registered in NZ on the 13th of December 2007
- Left hand conversion
- Very usable classic Ferrari¦very desirable model.
- The GTSi was added to the model range five years after the introduction of the 308 GTB coupe. The “S” stands for “spider”, and in Italian car language, that means open-air motoring. This is made possible by a removable targa top that can be stowed in a cover behind the seats or left on your garage floor.
- The centerpiece of the 308GTSi is its gated manual dogleg transmission–reverse is up and to the left, where first gear is on almost every other manual gearbox–that immediately makes you feel like a race car driver even if you're moving the car around a parking lot. With first gear off to the side and a direct line between second and third, it's easier to rifle between the go gears while ducking into and out of turns. The metal gates surrounding the shifter make the experience of rowing it even more magical with decisive, beautiful clinks. Once you actually get out onto open roads and are running through the gears, that feeling is amplified by a factor of a thousand. Nothing makes you feel cool like shifting a gated manual, even an older one that you have to be patient with. When changing gears has a satisfying soundtrack, the whole driving experience is elevated.
The 308 was never meant to be as mighty as its 12-cylinder stablemates or the legendary 288 GTO that would come out toward the end of its production run. But this was no bottom rung bargain-basement Ferrari either. You can hear all the mechanical goings-on and the air rushing in through the vents. It's a uniquely beautiful soundtrack.
A 308 GTSi would have cost around $45,000 when it was introduced in 1980, which isn't too far off what they go for today. And of course, $45,000 in 1980 translates to about $140,000 in 2017 money. Beats having money in the bank any day.
While I personally do prefer the appearance of the more rounded 328 GTB/GTS, there is something uniquely charming about the 308 body style. It's indicative of the era from which it stems, one foot in the past, one foot in the future. It might not be the most mechanically impressive Ferraris, but it remains unquestionably one of the most beloved. And after getting a few miles in one, I think its place in hearts and history is well-earned.
Will be sold WOF'd and Registered.
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NOTIFICATION AS TO NATURE OF GOODS IN TERMS OF THE CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT 1993
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