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Lot 5

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina

Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $236,500

Estimate

$275,000 - $325,000

Chassis

19145

Car Highlights

Extremely Desirable European-Market Dry Sump Example
Thought to Retain its Original Paint and Interior Finishes
One of Only 712 Fiberglass-Bodied 308s Built
Subject to Recent Mechanical and Cosmetic Freshening
A Highly Collectible Ferrari 308 GTB

Technical Specs

2,926 CC DOHC V-8 Engine
Four Weber Twin-Choke Carburetors
252 BHP at 6,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Register to Bid

Paolo Poli, Cremona, Italy (acquired new in July 1976)Giovanni Papini, Livorno, ItalyRoger J. Hansen, Ponte Vedra, Florida (acquired from the above in April 1985)Current Owner

Launched at Paris in 1975, the gorgeous Pininfarina-designed Ferrari 308 GTB replaced the Dino 246 and accompanied the angular Bertone-designed 308 GT4. The initial 712 examples were the first Ferrari road cars bodied in fiberglass – vetroresina – with the subsequent cars rendered in steel to the end of 308-series production in 1985. Breathing deeply through a quartet of twin-choke Weber carburetors, the mid-mounted, all-alloy, four-cam V-8 engine of the 308 GTB initially produced 252 hp in European-market tune. With fully independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and outstanding balance, the 308 – particularly the early fiberglass-bodied cars – are rightly coveted by Ferrari connoisseurs.

Numbered 19145, this 308 GTB from 1976 is one of the limited (approximately 450 LHD) examples originally equipped by Ferrari with competition-type dry sump engine lubrication. Quite likely, this specialized equipment supported the 308’s racing-homologation process, with some of the factory-built fiberglass cars developed for competition by Michelotto during the 1970s and 1980s. Accompanied by copies of its corresponding Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) Registration Supplement, this 308 GTB was purchased new in July 1976 by Paolo Poli of Cremona, Italy. According to the vehicle’s document file, the Ferrari passed to at least one subsequent Italian owner before its April 1985 purchase by Roger J. Hansen of Ponte Vedra, Florida, who imported it to the US. EPA clearances were eventually obtained in 1989 via Werner Pfister of Danbury, Connecticut’s Miller Motorcars, with a confirmation letter and other official correspondence contained in the vehicle file. Additionally, following the vehicle’s importation to the US, the odometer was converted from the original metric unit to one calibrated in miles.

Recently discovered in a Pennsylvania shop with previous ownership of 25 years, this exceptionally original and correct fiberglass 308 GTB is believed to retain its factory paint and interior finishes. A comprehensive service was performed from November 2015 to January 2016, including a rebuild of all four carburetors and thorough attention to the vehicle’s systems, with the engine bay and engine components painted, polished, or powder-coated, restored, and detailed with correct decals and labels in place.

Riding on correct Michelin XWX tires on refinished wheels with rare and correct detail features, including the wheel decals and alloy valve stems, this fiberglass 308 GTB includes the aforementioned EPA entry approval documents, ACI paperwork, the original owner’s manual, tool kit, and service records. Quite simply, this early, dry sump 308 GTB Vetroresina is one of the rarest in existence, and it marks an outstanding example of Ferrari’s early and highly influential mid-engine V-8 models.