1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi

The advent of the new Pininfarina-designed 308 GTB was hailed as one of the best Ferraris of modern times. And it is no wonder-following on the heels of the mechanically inspired but visually challenged 308 GT4, the new 308 was drop-dead gorgeous.

As Sergio Pininfarina himself pointed out, “Every Ferrari car previously designed by us was a great success in the market.” From a styling point of view, the 308 owes more to the legendary 246 Dino than to any previous road-going Ferrari. Perhaps equally important, the 308 GTB was the first non-12-cylinder road car to carry the Ferrari badge.

The car was quite sophisticated, particularly for the time, with a transverse-mounted all-alloy four-cam V8 engine, initially producing 205 hp-a remarkable figure. With four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the car was extremely well-balanced, and offered taut handling along with a compliant ride.

Originally sold in 1982, this 308 was immediately treated to sympathetic ownership and care. Showing less than 15,000 miles on the odometer-believed to be correct from new-this original example is in excellent overall condition. It is complete with its original manuals, as well as with the original and correct Campagnolo alloy wheels.

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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