The once unloved 308GT4 is finally getting some love. Ferrari’s first mid-engine V8 spent years is the doldrums suffering in the hands of entry-level owners who, in many cases, had their eyeballs yanked out of their sockets when the first estimates for minor and major service were presented. For this reason, many 308s were poorly maintained and restored on a shoe string. Now that the 308 has been discovered, finding a good one at a fair price has become difficult. If you want one (and you should), you’ll have to look at 10 cars (probably more) to find the right one and getting to 10 can take a long time. Sports Car Market has really nice 308GT4s trading around $60,000 but they are hard to find in that condition. So I guess the burden of finding a nice one that will appreciate falls on a buyer who isn’t afraid to spend a little bit of money on a car with good bones. Today’s offering might be that car. The previous owner has a lot of experience in the Ferrari world and purchased this 308GT4 to take some pressure off his PF Cabriolet. That was in 1997. After a 13 years of happy motoring, the owner embarked on a full engine and transaxle rebuild. Needless to say, that cost a bundle. But as time passed, the 308 became a little too difficult to get in and out of so the Ferrari sat, unused, after completing around 250 miles. The engine is fresh and strong and there is a video of it revving freely after a detailed inspection and a few turns of the adjustment screws in the carbs. The body needs some attention. It has some bubbles in various places and will eventually need to be stripped and refinished properly. The interior is pretty decent but a few trim pieces need to be glued and dyed. The seller says the wheels need to be checked and refinished before you do any serious road work. Something about high magnesium content and porosity. This is an eBay auction with a Buy It Now at $38,500.00. That leaves enough in the bank to do the cosmetics or forget the concours circuit and drive the hell out of it. Click here for the eBay listing.
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It seems everyone interested in owning a Ferrari is out looking for a great, well cared for early 308 or late 328. It also appears that the cognoscenti are looking for GTBs. We agree. But a great GTS is a very cool car and an enjoyable car to own. Do not go near any Ferrari without proof of maintenance from a competent Ferrari shop. Not all who say they “work on Ferraris” actually know what they are doing. We see butchered cars all the time at the shop. With all that said, this one looks like it is worth a closer look. It has original Ferrari Red paint with some minor nicks here and there. That is impressive and lets you know what you are getting involved with more easily than a repainted car no matter how well done. Read More
The once unloved 308GT/4 is finally getting some love. Ferrari’s first mid-engine V8 spent years is the doldrums suffering in the hands of entry-level owners who, in many cases, had their eyeballs yanked out of their sockets when the first estimates for minor and major service were presented. For this reason, many 308s were poorly maintained and restored on a shoe string. Now that the 308 has been discovered, finding a good one at a fair price has become difficult. If you want one (and you should), you’ll have to look at 10 cars (probably more) to find the right one and getting to 10 can take a long time. Read More
Mint’s headquarters has recently moved to Auto Turismo Sport’s Shop in New Milford, Connecticut. ATS has been around a long time and are experts in Ferraris, other things Italian. While we slave away at our computers or speak to buyers and sellers on the phone, interesting things just happen. A good customer of “ours” (I like to think of Mint as part of the ATS team), recently purchased a 330 GTC. He already has one in good working order so we wondered what he wanted with this garage find. We assume it is because he didn’t want anyone else to have it. It hasn’t run in 18 years and it appears to be one of those restorations that died on the vine. Read More
The more we see an early model year Ferrari 308 GTB the more we like them. They are becoming or have already become the latest “it” car. By that we mean, people in the know are scurrying around trying to find the best there is. We’ve seen 308 GTBs sell in a wide range of prices, no doubt based on condition or rarity. The highly sought after Vetroresina (better known here as the fiberglass cars) have sold for over $100,000. That isn’t what we have here today. At best, this is an average 308 GTB with an inoperative odometer. Read More
We’ve always liked the 308 GTB and that put us in the minority for a long time. Most Ferrari buyers opted for the GTS for a bit of open air driving. But the Ferrari world is coming around to our thinking. The 308 GTB is now a hot commodity. Not every year was a banner year for 308s. You want to find an early car or a late car. Skip the cars in the middle. Today’s car is at a dealer in California and it is a very early ’76. Probably among the earliest cars made of steel. The first cars were rushed into production and Ferrari opted for a quick fix by ordering the body in fiberglass until the metal fixtures/stampings were ready. Read More
There are a few Ferraris that remain undervalued or stagnant and some might say for good reason. And that reason is they are not very exciting cars although they might look like they are. The Mondial is certainly one that will be stuck for a long time yet the 400i and 412 are trying very hard to break free. The majority of these luxurious Ferraris were built with GM Automatic transmissions. About 1/3rd with 5-speeds. Today’s car is one of those 5-speeds. Read More
Sold close to the asking price of 92,000 Euros…congrats Heinz!
Ferrari was a bit disillusioned with the sales of the 308GT4 and wanted to speed up production of the new 308 GTB. They took the fiberglass or Vetroresina route because it was easier to get it ready for production until steel tooling was available. The result was a lighter car and that coupled with the carburetor engine made for a nice package. When the steel bodies were ready, Ferrari thought the Vetroresina bodies were inferior and discontinued them. Only 712 were made making them quite collectible today. To add a little spice to the mix, they made dry-sump engines available. According to the Vetroresina Register, they probably made only 100 dry-sump cars. Read More
Ferraristi call these wonderful 4-seaters Queen Mothers. The deserved title was bestowed upon this model because it was the most sophisticated and well-equipped Ferrari to date. The chassis was made of Ferrari’s familiar combination of oval and round steel tubing. The 320hp, well-proven 4.4-liter V12 engine was coupled to a 5-speed gearbox and that resulted in a top speed of 150 mph. It came fully equipped with power windows, steering and A/C. Even the little vent windows were powered. There is a resemblance to the Ferrari Superfast but nowhere near as valuable. They made a handful of Superfasts and 802, 365 GT 2+2s. Read More
Algar Enterprises is an authorized Ferrari dealership on Philadelphia’s Main Line. It is a dealer that we know well and at one time was recognized as a Ferrari Importer in the same category as Chinetti Motors. It’s been years since we’ve pressed our nose against the showroom window so we could see a new Ferrari or Lamborghini. Algar is short for Al Garthwaite and this 308GT4 belonged to his daughter, Wendy. The Ferrari has traveled 58,000 miles to date and has led a charmed life. It has been off the road since 2008 and the last major service in 2006. Read More
The Ferrari Testarossa was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1984. It essentially is a more usable version of the 512BBi Berlinetta Boxer. Ferrari accomplished making room for luggage and reducing cabin temperatures by moving the radiators to the rear of the car. And that is why the Testarossa has those massive cooling vents ahead of the rear wheels. Ferraristi call these slats cheese cutters. The Testarossa was always a good performer but it was criticized for being a bit overweight. That was rectified in ’92 with the next generation called the 512TR. And that is what we have here exclusively on Mint. Read More
We liked the TV series Magnum, P.I. but we aren’t sure it has been the best thing for a red 308GTS. Yes, it made it immensely well-known but has it become a bit of an automotive cliche? Regardless, we are huge fans. The 308 is one of the few remaining “affordable” exotic Ferraris you can buy. It won’t remain that way for long. But, like any car, there are good years and not so good years. Read More
Well our estimate for the final selling price of this Ferrari has blown up. We thought maybe $140,000 tops. It is at $180,000 with 3 days to go! We checked a Sports Car Market Platinum Database and they report auction results well into the $200,000 range.
This is the first 365GTC/4 we have ever featured. We really like these cars and personally feel the frequently criticized styling has matured nicely over the years. With Ferrari Daytona prices hitting the $500,000 mark with some frequency, we think our readers should look here fo the bargain of the century. The bodywork was designed by Pininfarina in Turin then shipped to Maranello for completion. The styling was panned as being too boring in 1971 but has proven graceful and timeless, as so many fine Pinninfarina styles do. There is a somewhat refreshing lack of chrome and while the black bumpers did not meet universal approval (clown lips), they are tasteful compared to the huge units applied to the Lamborghinis of the time. Read More
Why so many 328GTS Ferraris you ask? The one we featured earlier this week, located in Florida, had the highest click-through of all the cars we’ve had in a long time. Since we are real fans of the upside potential and enjoyability of these Ferraris, we didn’t hesitate when this one appeared in our Inbox. We’ve known the seller for many years and actually almost did some serious business with them. But alas, we didn’t act fast enough and the car we were after was gone before we knew it. We must confess that we have never seen a Ferrari in this color. Read More
We should be buying this Ferrari instead of sharing this information with our readers. It is a European version of the well-regarded 328 GTS Quattrovalvole. Therefore, it has more horsepower and lighter weight than the USA counterparts. The V8 engine was essentially of the same design as that used in the 308 Quattrovalvole model, with an increase in capacity to 3185 cc. The engine retained the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system of its predecessor, but was fitted with a Marelli MED 806 A electronic ignition system, to produce a claimed power output of 270 bhp at 7000 rpm. As with the preceding 308 models, the engine was mounted in a unit with the all synchromesh 5-speed transmission assembly, which was below, and to the rear of the engine’s sump. Read More