1979 FERRARI 308 GTS 'Street Club Racecar'
Chassis No. F 106AS 30625
Black with yellow decals and red racing seats
Engine: all aluminum V8, double overhead camshafts to each bank, four double choke carburetors, 2,927cc., 215bhp at 6,600rpm; Gearbox: five-speed manual; Suspension: front and rear, independent with upper and lower wishbones, coil springs, adjustable telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bars; Brakes: discs all round. Left hand drive.
In the mid-1970s, to tackle the menacing and ever more competent Porsche 911 competition in the three-litre sector of the sports car market, Ferrari needed an able successor to its own brilliant 2.4 litre V6 mid-engined Dino 246GT. Unveiled at the Paris Salon, Ferrari's favorite venue, late in 1975, the 308 GTB was exactly what was required, the first of that fabled V8 mid-engined sequence of Ferrari road cars. Its traditional steel tube chassis and well-honed all independent suspension were much the same as in the 246GT, but the racing style 255bhp four camshaft dry sump V8 engine, at first with four twin-choke Weber carburetors, was new and had enormous potential. What made the 308GTB so mouth-watering was perfection of its Pininfarina-designed bodywork, built by Scaglietti, harmonious in line, proportion and detail.
The world's motoring press trod a path to the Scuderia, and their consensus was that quite apart from the 308's beauty, the type also provided a beguiling combination of spirited performance (top speed was 153mph, 0-60mph took 7.9 seconds), exceptional brakes and unrivalled handling and cornering power. The Ferrari 308 was the first in a successful series of mid-mounted, V8 engined Ferrari road cars with sparkling performance and phenomenal road holding. It was aimed firmly at the sector of the market in which the Porsche 911 had such a strong foothold. Within two years a GTS (Spyder) version was added.
This example is a 1979 car that has been modified to club racer specification. Painted in black with yellow decals, the car has adjustable Koni shock absorbers and the wheels are highly desirable 16 inch BBS wheels mounted with Hoosier P225-50 R 16 tires. The cabin is typical of a racing car with red cloth OMP racing seats, M & R safety belts, full roll cage with side impact bars and no carpeting. Auto Meter support gauges and a 'recall' tachometer are fitted. A fire extinguisher and battery shut-off are also fitted for safety. The 3 litre dry sump engine with sports exhaust and five speed transmission is said to be in excellent condition.
The carburetor examples are regarded more highly than the later, fuel injected models and have more horsepower. We have not had an opportunity to test the car on an open road or track, but we understand that the performance is excellent from the three litre motor. Club track days are always entertaining and this Ferrari should feel at home on any circuit or perhaps on the open road!