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Coachwork by Scaglietti
A collaboration between Pininfarina and Ferrari, the 308 GTS turned into a pop culture icon. The legendary “red wedge” was featured in the popular Magnum, P.I. television series and became a symbol for the 1980s. The GTS, based on the original 308 Berlinetta (GTB), was launched at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show to offer an open-air driving experience with a targa top that fit snugly behind the seats. Between 1977 and 1980, only 3,219 GTS models were built, and just a portion of those were sent to Europe.
This 1982 308 GTS offers the best of all worlds. It is a European version which – in the absence of restrictive emissions systems and weighty bumper assemblies required for units sent to Australia, Japan, and the US – benefits from uninhibited horsepower and a svelte front-end silhouette. Dressed in its original color combination of Rosso Corsa with contrasting tan leather interior, this example shows only 12,800 kilometers (approximately 7,950 miles) on the odometer and presents in excellent condition throughout. The leather is supple, the paint superb, and the mechanicals reported to be in good health, thanks to a recent, comprehensive service, including timing belts.
Presented with a tool kit, books, original spare, and the targa-top cover, this Rosso Corsa 308 GTS epitomizes an era and will always be celebrated as a quintessential Ferrari at any concours it may attend.