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Ferrari 308


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Ferrari 308

Gtsi Quattrovalvole 2-Door

£2,382.62 per month
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Used Ferrari 308

A history lesson…

Those of a certain vintage are going to remember the Ferrari 308 for one very specific reason. It was the car which co-starred with Tom Selleck on Magnum PI. The 308 suited the tropical beauty of Hawaii perfectly and added its own sleek glamour to the show. The car in GTB form made its debut at the Paris motor show in 1975, being brought in to replace the Dino 246. The Dino had enjoyed a mixed reception, suffering from the perception that it was not quite a real Ferrari. The Italian company still wanted a car to sell at the lower end of the supercar price bracket but they knew this time it had to be a proper Ferrari. Styled by Pininfarina, the 308 was an instant hit. A winning combination of elegant curves and aggressive wedge shape, it remains one of the most recognisable Ferrari shapes to this day. The GTS variant, with targa top as driven by Selleck on the hit TV show, was added to the range in 1997. The cars continued to be produced until 1985 when they were replaced by the 328 model.
Bang for your buck
The Ferrari 308 is a proper mid-engined two seater sports car. The Modena company was originally unsure what kind of response the car would get and took the decision to make the first cars out of fibreglass which was cheaper to produce in small batches. After the car's initial success however, they soon tooled up for larger scale production and from 1977 the 308 was built from steel. The 3.0 litre V8 engine produces a claimed 255bhp and can whisk you to 60mph in 6.7 seconds. Getting to 100mph takes 15 seconds and the top speed is 159mph. Even the youngest of these cars is now approaching its 30th birthday so don't expect all mod cons. There is no power steering, clutches can be heavy and the original trim quality was patchy. 
What you'll pay
The 308 was always intended as an entry level model and that remains true of used 308s. A decent GTB should cost around £22,000 with a particularly fine example going for up to £30,000. Look hard though and you could find a less than mint one for as little as £18,000. Only 87 right hand drive models were built in glass fibre, so expect to pay a little more for the scarcity value as enthusiasts are fond of the lower kerb weight.
What to check
The engines are actually pretty solid on the 308 but make sure it does not misfire when you start it up and check underneath for oil leaks. Give the throttle a healthy stomp and make sure the engine revs smoothly. The cars were prone to a bit of body rot so check along the sills, above the bumpers and especially the front wings at the wheel arches for rust. Obviously the early glass fibre models don't rust but do check for cracking and chipped panels. The cambelts should have been changed every two years or 25,000 miles, so check if this has been carried out and when it is next due. It should go without saying on these cars that you should be looking for a lot of service stamps in the log book.
You know it is never going to be cheap to run a Ferrari. A minor service will cost around £450 plus VAT with a major one coming in at about £800. A clutch will cost around £550 plus vat including fitting and front brake pads and discs will set you back a similar amount.
How it drives
The 308 has an excellent driving position as you might expect from Ferrari. The gear change is firm and needs a little coaxing and second should be skipped to avoid crunching on cold starts. It feels much more compact than many other Ferraris and seems lighter than its 1,400kg kerb weight would suggest. That makes it a joy to throw into a turn and wriggle through twisty country lanes. As said above, the Ferrari 308 is a more mature lady these days and does not drive with the same pin sharpness as its younger siblings. The performance, although quick, is not in the super car bracket by today's standards. But listen to that engine roar as you accelerate out of another bend and you will understand why this car was such a resounding success.

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