One of the best-selling Ferraris ever, the 308 GTB started life with a fiberglass body designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. Power was courtesy of the V8 3.0 engine and five-speed gearbox inherited from the 308 GT4. With uptown America as the GTB’s target market, federal emission regulations made the GTB clean up its act, evolving into a refined and civilized machine with such hi-tech appurtenances as four valves per cylinder and Bosch fuel injection.
Practical and tractable in traffic, it became the 1980s entry-level Ferrari, supplanting the Porsche 911 as the standard issue yuppiemobile.
MIXED STYLING CUES
The handsome styling is a blend of Dino 246 and 365 GT4. The Dino provided concave rear windows and conical air intakes, while the 365 brought double bodyshell appearance with a waistline groove. The 2926cc V8 has double overhead cams per bank and four 40 DCNF Weber carburetors.
With the engine at the back, the wide slatted grille scooped up air for brake and interior ventilation. Retractable, flush-fitting pop-up headlights keep wind force down on the nose and front wheels. The roof on the GTB was always a tin top; the chic GTS had a Targa top panel.
S P E C I F I C A T I O N S
MODEL Ferrari 308 GTB (1975–85)
PRODUCTION 712 (308 GTB fiberglass); 2,185 (308 GTB steel); 3,219 (GTS)
BODY STYLE Two-door, two-seater sports coupe.
ENGINE Mid-mounted transverse dohc 2926cc V8.
POWER OUTPUT 255 bhp at 7600 rpm.
TRANSMISSION Five-speed manual.
SUSPENSION Independent double wishbones/coil springs all around.
BRAKES Ventilated discs all around.
MAXIMUM SPEED 154 mph (248 km/h)
0–60 MPH (0–96 KM/H) 7.3 sec
0–100 MPH (0–161 KM/H) 19.8 sec
A.F.C. 16 mpg (5.7 km/l)