1979 Ferrari 308 GT4

Courtesy of Bonhams

Ferrari’s line of highly successful V8-engined road cars began with the 308 GT4 of 1973. Badged as a Dino, the all-new 308 GT4 2+2 superseded the preceding Dino V6. The newcomer’s wedge-shaped styling — by Bertone rather than the customary Pininfarina — was modern and up to date; absent were complaints about the performance of the 3.0-liter quad-cam V8 engine, which was then carried over to its successor.

The angularly styled GT4 was remarkable in its ability to hold the occasional rear passenger while maintaining a compact and aggressive appearance. The styling has aged well, and when finished in a period color, the result is quite sought after.

The interior was high-fashion Italian, luxuriously appointed with yards and yards of Connolly leather. The wraparound instrument panel put the gauges and controls in close sight and reach. The center console is reminiscent of the Daytona Coupe.

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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