Lot 40

2017   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2017

1978 Ferrari 308 GTB

Coachwork by Pininfarina

SOLD $126,500


$150,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

European-Specified Version with Dry-Sump Lubrication
One of 2,185 Carbureted Steel-Bodied Examples Made Between 1977 and 1980
Cosmetic Restoration in 2009, Including Repaint in Original Factory Color
Major Belt Service Performed in Early 2017
Accompanied by Original Manuals, Tool Kit, Invoices, and Jack

Technical Specs

2,926 CC DOHC 90º V-8 Engine
Four Weber 40 DCNF Twin-Choke Carburetors
255 BHP at 6,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs
Register to Bid

In 1977, Ferrari started using steel bodies for the construction of the illustrious 308 GTB, and a modest batch of 2,185 carbureted examples were built by 1980, when fuel injection was adopted. Cars specified for Europe were particularly desirable, as they were equipped with competition-derived dry-sump lubrication and developed 15 hp more than the US version. Few iterations of the 308 are more desirable than the early European steel-bodied version, as proven by this outstanding example.

Chassis 26637 was originally sold in Zurich, Switzerland, in December 1978, and reportedly remained in the area until 2004. The desirably specified 308 GTB was cosmetically restored in 2009, including a repaint in the original factory color of Dino Blue Metallic, and a reappointment of the interior with tan leather upholstery and complementary blue carpeting.

Exported from the Netherlands in 2015, this Ferrari is currently titled in the US. In early 2017, the car underwent a major 30,000- mile belt service. Accompanied by the original owner’s manuals in the correct folio, a tool kit and jack, and the original Cromodora wheels, this 308 GTB is documented with service invoices and European registration records. The rare carbureted steel-bodied berlinetta looks particularly fetching in the unusual color combination, and would make a fantastic acquisition for any sports car enthusiast.