£75,000 / #Ferrari-308-GT4
It’s strong money for this older restoration but Paul Hardiman was impressed by its condition and bulging history file…
This first-series GT4 is an older restoration from the late Eighties/early Nineties that remains sharp and is just beginning to settle in nicely. It’s a UK-spec sunroof-and-aircon car, said to be one of just 36, and still has its order sheet from June 1974, part of a thick history file that includes lots of bills from the restoration.
This also shows it was ordered in Marrone Metallizzato Dino with beige vinyl, brown cloth and brown carpets. Documentation shows it had covered 50,825 miles in 1985 and 53,895 in April 1986, which had only increased to 55,935 by 2007. Currently it’s on 57,580, so it’s only done about 3500 miles since restoration. Photos show the body was in good shape and was taken back to bare metal revealing no rot in the doors. The sills were removed and replaced to check internally and the floors were renewed.
It still presents well, with nice straight panels and good door fit, the left one sitting very slightly proud on its seal. Door and sill drain holes are still clear, the underside is unscuffed. There’s one small chip in the paint at the back of the driver’s door and a small crack in the finish where the wing meets the scuttle at the right back corner of the bonnet.
The refurbished alloys are shod in ancient Michelin XWXs, and the spacesaver spare has never been used. The front lid has escaped the usual kink on its right edge, where people try to close it without releasing the telescopic prop first (early GTBs are the same).
Inside, the seats have been retrimmed in leather, which is holding up well and just mildly creased. It is due to be cleaned and improved before sale. The rear seat looks unused. Carpets are unworn. The dash and instruments are all good, the dash top retrimmed in leather, and both the electric windows and electric sunroof work.
The gearbox was rebuilt during restoration. The exhaust is in good shape, with an original-type ribbed transverse silencer. All the suspension and joints are super-clean with no perishing.
The engine is clean and tidy, with a new header tank cap under which the coolant is full and bluish. The oil is cleanish and a note on the filter shows that it was last changed in July 2014 at 56,433 miles, just over 1000 miles ago. You’d hope the belts were done at the same time, though we didn’t see a bill for that. It will be serviced again before sale in any case.
It drives well, starting easily from cold, with smooth, creak-free steering, a rattle-free ride, quiet transmission and a good gearchange even into second. The motor revs freely and pulls cleanly, oil pressure is a steady 5.5bar, and the temperature gauge climbs reassuringly gently towards 90°C. The brakes pull up straight and the aircon blows cold, though weakly. It’s sold with an MoT until August.
These 2+2s are finally finding their place, and while none have yet quite reached the price being asked here, this might be the one to do it.
CHOOSE YOUR FERRARI 308
308 GT4 is introduced in autumn 1973. Unusually for Ferrari the styling is by Bertone not Pininfarina. It’s the first appearance of Ferrari’s new transverse-mounted alloy V8. Initially the 308 GT4 is badged as a Dino, but after lagging sales, chrome ‘prancing horse’ badges are added by dealers. It’s done by the factory from 1976. Starting around the same time, second-series cars have foglights behind the front grille rather than in the valance.
From 1975 a 208 GT4 is offered with a 1991cc single-distributor engine tax-beating version for the Italian market. Spot one by its aluminium rather than black bonnet grille.
GT4 is replaced by the Mondial 8 in 1980 after 2826 308s and 840 208s are built.
Quote £501.48 comprehensive, 5000 miles per year, garaged call: 0333 323 1181
Contact Modern & Historic Motors, Oxfordshire (07775 911811, modernandhistoric.co.uk)
Engine 2927cc four-cam aluminium V8, four Weber 40DCNF carburettors
Power 255bhp @ 7700rpm / DIN
Torque 209lb ft @ 5000rpm / DIN
Top speed 154mph
Fuel consumption 18mpg
As pre-1976 car, this GT4 is correctly badged as a Dino rather than a Ferrari. Filter suggests oil was changed 1000 miles ago.