Representing the second generation of Ferrari’s V8-engined road cars, the entirely new 308 GTB debuted at the Paris Salon in 1975. This model line began in 1973 with the Dino-badged 308 GT4 2+2. The GT4’s wedge styling was not well received, but the performance of the midship-mounted, DOHC 3-liter V8 certainly was. Built on a shorter wheelbase, the stunningly beautiful 308 GTB marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling.
The 308 was superseded by the mechanically similar but larger engined 328 in 1985. By increasing both bore and stroke, the quattrovalvole engine’s capacity was raised to 3,186 cc, which, together with a higher compression and an improved Marelli engine management system, lifted maximum power to 270 hp at 7,000 rpm. Top speed was raised to within a whisker of 160 mph, with the sprint to 60 mph covered in 5.5 seconds.
On the outside, the elegant simplicity of Pininfarina’s original 308 had been diluted somewhat, but its underlying beauty could not be disguised. “If the sublime purity of the original shape has been corrupted, its striking appearance has not,” declared Motor magazine. “In our book, this is still the most beautiful of all contemporary exotics-a gorgeous looking car.”
The 328 GTB/GTS continued in production until 1989, by which time almost 22,000 308/328s of all types had been sold, making the model the most commercially successful Ferrari of all time.
Chassis number 81327 was delivered new to the vendor, a longtime client of Garage Francorchamps, Brussels. There are service invoices on file from 1,771 kilometers and 4,018 kilometers. The odometer currently displays a total of only 5,866 kilometers. Presented in “as new” condition, the car retains its original highly attractive and rare color scheme of Argento (silver) with burgundy leather interior and comes complete with tool kit, owner’s handbook, assorted papers and the aforementioned service invoices. This time capsule Ferrari must certainly represent an opportunity not to be missed for the discerning collector.