2022 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina
$250,000 - $300,000
The 64th of Only 712 Early Fiberglass-Bodied Examples
Well Documented; Listed by the 308 GTB Register
Coveted European Model with Dry Sump Engine and Air-Conditioning
Correct and Highly Attractive, As-Delivered Livery
Outstanding Presentation; Retains Original Upholstery
2,927 CC DOHC V-8 Engine
Four Weber 40 DCNF Twin-Choke Carburetors
240 BHP at 6,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Kirk F. White, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Richard J. Yirikian, Lexington, Massachusetts (acquired in 1993)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Achingly beautiful with its Pininfarina-designed, Scaglietti-built bodywork, the Ferrari 308 continues to be recognized as one of the finest modern road cars from Maranello. Launched at the October 1975 Paris Motor Show, the gorgeous new 308 replaced the outgoing V-6 Dino 246 and soon succeeded the Bertone-designed 308 GT4. The first 712 examples were bodied in fiberglass, with the remainder of production through 1985 in steel. A transverse mid-mounted, all-alloy, four-cam V-8 engine powered the 308 and initially produced 240 hp in US specification with four Weber twin-choke carburetors. The exhilarating performance of the early 308 included a 7.3-second sprint from rest to 60 mph and 145 mph top speed. Early fiberglass-bodied, Weber-carbureted cars, including this example from 1976, are particularly coveted, with excellent all-around performance eclipsed only by the latter (1982–1985) fuel-injected, four-valve QV models that ushered out production of the 308 series.
This 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB, chassis 18977, is the 64th of only 712 early fiberglassbodied examples built. Listed in Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I, compiled by Hilary A. Raab and listed by the online 308 GTB Register, 18977 is a particularly desirable, original European-specification example that also features competition-style dry sump engine lubrication. Featuring a concours-quality older refinish in factory-specified Giallo Fly (Fly Yellow) paint over supple, well-preserved black leather upholstery, 18977 is well equipped with air-conditioning and is said by the consignor to retain its factory-original body, glass, auxiliary equipment, and accessories. Offered with just 64,600 km (40,141 miles) of use at the time of cataloguing, 18977 is exceptionally well presented, benefiting handsomely from attentive maintenance and preservation, with provenance including 28 years of prior single-owner care, preceded by ownership of none other than former Ferrari dealer, racer, and author Kirk F. White.
A highly active participant in FCA events across the US, 18977 remains show-and tour-worthy and benefits from a recent inspection and major service, including timing belt replacement, performed by professionals using genuine Ferrari parts. Supporting documents include a wealth of articles and memorabilia, plus the correspondence, ownership history, photographs, and service records amassed over the past 30-plus years. In addition to original manuals and leather document wallet, 18977 includes an original tool kit and a roll containing a roadside jack, tire iron, and emergency accessories. Other desirable items include multiple, rare dealer brochures, a press kit, and period publications. Exceptionally desirable, well presented, and carrying interesting provenance, this 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina offers a simply fabulous entrée into a wide variety of shows, concours events, and tours.
*Please note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident.