1977 Ferrari 208 GT4

This model is rare outside Italy, but as John Apen reminds us: all valuable things are rare, but not all rare things are valuable

The 308 made its entrance into the automotive world in October 1973 as Bertone combined concepts and design features from both the 246 Dino and the 365.

It was handsome, sleek, and powered by a superior engine. It was a departure for Ferrari, with a V8 engine in place of the standard V12. Nevertheless, it still had the ability to move more precisely and swiftly than its contemporaries.

The Ferrari 208 GT4 was powered by a low-displacement version of the V8 found in the Ferrari 308 GT4. The 208 GT4 used one of the smallest displacement production V8s in history. In spite of its size, the 208’s engine produced 180 hp, enabling the car to hit 130 mph.

The 308/208 series was groundbreaking because it was the first production Ferrari to feature a mid-engine layout. The 208 GT4 presented here is a highly original example with only 16,000 miles. It has been meticulously cared for and garage-kept, with service performed on a regular basis.

To ensure that it would be in peak condition for the auction, a thorough mechanical inspection was performed with a service that included new brakes, spark plugs, fluids, hoses, clutch cable, and valve cover gaskets. An excellent driver in very fine condition, this 208 GT4 is an avenue into the elite world of Ferrari ownership.

Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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