Two 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresinas

Courtesy of Artcurial

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina

Chassis number 20271; engine number 00441

This superb fiberglass Ferrari 308 has always been fastidiously maintained. During its restoration it showed no signs of previous repair. The engine was refurbished in 2000.

The car has therefore been completely overhauled and fitted with a high-performance exhaust.

The current owner sent the car to Ferrari after purchasing, where they found no significant faults. The original rims with four new Michelin XWX tires were installed after our photos were taken. The rims seen in our photos will be supplied with the car.

The “polyester” or “glass-reinforced plastic (GRP)” 308 GTB is the lightest and purest of all the 308s, making it a highly sought-after collector car today.

This car, Lot 228, sold for $164,215, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Paris auction on September 12, 2014.

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina

Chassis number 20543; engine number 20543

When Ferrari introduced the 308 to the public in 1975 at the Paris Salon, it was the first time that they had chosen to use fiberglass for the bodywork. The Vetroresina, as it is known, was manufactured from 1975 to ’77 before the introduction of the steel-bodied cars in mid-’77. Only 154 right-hand-drive Vetroresinas left the Maranello factory, making it the rarest model 308 money can buy.

This car spent many years in the collection of Harrods’ owner, Mohamed Al-Fayed, before he donated it to a charity auction.

The car has been well maintained, as indicated by a history book that accompanies the car, noting over £28,000 in repairs. Engine, gearbox and cosmetics have all been freshened.

The car comes complete with the original books in the Ferrari leather wallet. The odometer reads just 25,953 miles. This Vetroresina 308 comes with a solid history file and ticks all the right boxes in terms of mileage and ownership history.

This car, Lot 349, sold for $202,531, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone’s Birmingham, U.K., auction, November 16, 2014.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

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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