Ferrari 308 GTB

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

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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.

FRONT ASPECT

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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.

CONSTRUCTION Fiberglass/steel.

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)

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