Ferrari 308 GTS

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A ‘Magnum PI’ RHD Ferrari 308GTS with 52,458 miles and colossal history file.

EQUIPMENT
Tubular frame chassis, two seater Spider body, removable roof panel with storage cover, retractable headlight pods, front and rear opening panels, deep scalloped air intakes, zipped luggage compartment, limited slip differential, ‘cavallino rampante’, 308 GTS and ‘Disegno Di Pininfarina’ badging, iodine fog lights, power windows, twin Fiamm horns, door oddment bags, full Veglia Borletti instruments, tell-tale warning lamps, Momo steering wheel.  Factory Options:  Wider wheels, air conditioning, radio.

EXTERIOR
Instantly recognisable, the edgy styling flair from Pininfarina is simply gorgeous and is hailed as one of the designer’s true masterpieces, and a welcome return from the much-debated Bertone penned 308GT4.  Finished in beautiful Argento Auteuil, (Code 633.6.031), this stunning example boasts a bright uniform finish and remarkable preserved condition.  Minor age-related markings can only be found under scrupulous inspection and certainly do not detract from the appearance whatsoever.  All factory trim sections, rubbers and lights are in pristine order, as are the stylish original badges and exterior plates.  The removable roof panel is perfect and stores neatly behind the seats to create the GTS namesake ‘Spider’ body.  Fabulous in every respect.

INTERIOR
Blue full leather seat facings, (Code VM3282), in this 308GTS are in immaculate condition along with the co-ordinating deep blue carpeting carpeting.  Seven Veglia Borletti instruments work perfectly along with all the attractive chrome button sliders and ornate switch gear.  The three prancing horse vent pods on the dash and exposed chrome ‘H’ gate gear shift are simply automotive art, and the Momo leather-rimmed steering wheel with the circular horn push proudly displaying the ‘cavallino rampante’ reminds the driver how special this car is.  Originality and authenticity seekers will rest easy with the factory build plate with chassis number still affixed to the steering column.  The deep luggage area is hidden by a zipped cover, which unusually is fully intact.  Door storage compartments closer representing designer handbags complete this exquisite classic Ferrari interior.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Centrally mounted, the excellent V8 powerplant displaces 2926cc and incredibly each engine was assembled by a single engine builder.  Fed by four twin-choke Weber 40 DCNF carburettors producing an exhilarating induction note, 255bhp is enough to propel this car to 60mph in 6.1 secs and on to a top speed of 152mph.  Regular documented servicing ensures excellent reliability and performance.  The last service was in August 2018 and a major service including cambelts was carried out in May 2016 by Ferrari specialist Rardley Motors Ltd.  The 5-speed ‘dog-leg’ gearbox with a single plate dry clutch is controlled perfectly through the Ferrari open-gated gearshift selector.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Ferrari 7½ x 14” Cromodora light alloy wheels are wider than standard as specified from the factory as an optional extra.  Premium and matching Michelin XWX 205/70 VR14 tyres show ample tread and are fitted to all wheels including the spare.  The effective braking system comprises of four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with a Bonaldi vacuum servo on a dual circuit.  Still impressive to this day and bringing the Ferrari to a rapid halt.

HISTORY FILE
A letter in the history file dated 7th April 2015 from Mr Tony Willis of The Maranello Concessionaires Archive confirms this example as a right-hand drive UK Market car, one of only 184 manufactured by Ferrari Spa in Italy in January 1980.  The body number 175 is confirmed along with chassis, engine and gearbox numbers, to which all remain as matching numbers.  The original specification is confirmed also.  Delivery to UK market importer Maranello Concessionaries was in January 1980 and the first owner is confirmed as a Mr Peter Goide who owned the car for almost 19 years!  In October 1999 the car was sold by Ferrari Specialists, Talacrest of Egham, Surrey, to Mr Richard Downes as a cost of £72,000 as confirmed by a used vehicle invoice in the history file.

The history file is simply incredible with ownership history traceable throughout and a huge box file of invoices and receipts from respected Ferrari specialists, including most recently several from Rardley Motors Ltd.  The beautifully styled Ferrari document wallet contains all handbooks and the original stamped service record and there is even an original 308GTS/GTB sales brochure!  A letter from the first owner, Mr Goide, dated October 1999 confirms he was the sole driver of the car since he purchased it in 1981 and a report on the car comments that to find a Ferrari so carefully cherished by each custodian is a rare find, and that the car has never been modified nor needed major work.  The report comments sum up that no restoration can ever match an ‘on song’ original car such as this, an even a short drive in this spectacular 308 GTS affirms this sentiment.  Search no more, this is the Ferrari 308 GTS to buy.

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Ferrari Dino 308GT4

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An evolutionary Ferrari Dino 308GT4 with an impeccable history file

EQUIPMENT
Tubular frame chassis, steel bodyshell, retractable headlight pods, chrome-edged bumpers, front and rear opening panels, ‘cavallino rampante’ and Dino badging, iodine fog lights, power windows, twin Fiamm horns, lockable glovebox, full Veglia Borletti instruments, tell-tale warning lamps, intermittent wipers, Momo steering wheel, front and rear ashtrays. Factory Options; Air conditioning.

EXTERIOR
Edgy, modernist styling from Bertone is handsome and distinctive and was led by legendary designer Marcello Gandini, the genius behind Lamborghini’s Muira and the outrageous Countach. A departure from the elegant Pininfarina designs and still debated to this day there is no mistaking this 308GT4 finished in stunning Rosso Corsa. In 2011 Furlonger workshops carried out a minor restoration on the car preserving a lot of the original features but refreshing the paintwork from a well documented colour change. Fabulous in every respect and a testament to its exemplary condition is a seven page feature in Classic & Sports Car from November 2012, a copy of which remains with the car.

INTERIOR
Optional black full leather seat facings in this 308GT4 are in excellent condition along with the contrasting Bordeaux carpeting. Some minor wear to the clean carpets and piping do not detract from the impressive cockpit. Seven Veglia Borletti instruments bearing a Dino script logo work perfectly along with all the attractive chrome sliders and switch gear. The three brushed aluminium dash panels angled towards the driver are simply automotive art and the Momo leather-rimmed steering wheel with the circular horn push proudly displaying the ‘cavallino rampante’ reminds the driver how special this car is. Often missing items such as the seat belt clip to assist access to the rear proves the originality. Sculpted rear seats with head restraints and seatbelts offers practically as does the deep luggage area still carpeted in the original heavy-duty hessian style weave.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The first car to receive the excellent V8 powerplant was the Ferrari 308GT4. Incredibly and until the 1980’s each engine was assembled by a single engine builder and this mid-mounted V8 is fed by four Weber 40 DCNF carburettors producing an exhilarating induction note. 255bhp and 283Nm of torque is enough to propel this car to 60mph in 6.2 secs and on to a top speed of 155mph. Regular documented servicing ensures excellent reliability and performance. The last service at Furlonger was on the 8th August 2016 and cost £800.77. The 5-speed gearbox with a single plate dry clutch is controlled perfectly through the Ferrari open-gated gearshift selector.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Ferrari 16” Speedline light alloy wheels are shod in premium and matching Goodyear 205/55 R16 front and 225/50 R16 rear tyres with ample tread. The effective braking system comprises of four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with a Bonaldi vacuum servo on a dual circuit. Still impressive to this day and bringing the Ferrari to a rapid halt.

HISTORY FILE
From a total production of just 2826 only 587 were RHD models. This late Series 2 example was registered on the 21st December 1978 by UK authorised Ferrari Main Agents, Cooper Car Sales Ltd Leicester. The first owner, Mr William Monks of the Monks Group Builders Merchants, repurchased the car from the second owner after regretting the sale! Since then a further five custodians have cherished the car with the fourth, David Taylor, acquiring the vehicle in 1983 and owning for 26 years only relinquishing on his death in 2009. During his lengthy ownership he had the car fully restored by Dorchester Auto Engineering and a detailed summary of the work undertaken, can be found in the comprehensive history file. The current owner, Mr Parmenter, purchased the vehicle from Ferrari specialists, Furlonger, who know the car intimately having sold it on two prior occasions and being responsible for its routine servicing and belt changes along with Foskers, the UK’s oldest independent Ferrari specialist. Mr Parmenter’s fixation with historical content includes correspondence with prior owners, a full comprehensive breakdown together with supporting invoices and bills of expenditure year on year from 1983 to current day. This car also features in his book, ‘My Half Century Love of the Motor Car 1965 – 2015’. All handbooks, service books, spare keys and manuals are present. A magazine feature is also included along with an original sales brochure. A video of the car on the YouTube Channel, Seen Through Glass, can be viewed by clicking here at 5.35min.

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Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet

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A divine Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet with an incredible 2,868 miles from new.

EQUIPMENT
Tubular frame chassis with rear section detachable for easy removal of power unit, body coloured bumpers, aluminium bonnet and engine cover, two light alloy fuel tanks, front and rear fog lamps, electric retractable headlight pods, electric aerial, central locking, height and reach adjustable steering column, electric windows, electric mirrors, electric bonnet, boot and engine cover release, electric glove box release, electrical display check panel, full Veglia instrumentation, Momo steering wheel, digital time clock with chronometer, air conditioning.  Accessories:  Fire extinguisher.

EXTERIOR
The distinctive 2+2 Pininfarina of Turin design is typical Ferrari of the period and looks glorious finished in deep Rosso Corsa (Code FER 300/9).  First paint credentials still retain a glossy shine thanks to perfect storage and very low mileage credentials.  All Cavallino Rampante badges along with all other trim is in perfect condition.  The Saint Gobain glass carries the Ferrari logo and the plastic rear screen is crystal clear, again with the Ferrari logo.  The louvre panels across the bonnet, body sides and engine cover are unmarked and only two tiny marks to the wing tops can be seen.  The prominent rectangular side turn-indicator lamps affixed front and rear to all U.S. vehicles remain.  There are themes that are unmistakeable – from the front grille, to the air intakes, to the circular rear lights, this is the perfect Ferrari in so many ways.

INTERIOR
Fully trimmed in luxurious Connolly tan hide the supportive bucket-shaped seats are fully commensurate with the incredibly low miles covered.  All electric features are fully functional and the Veglia instrumentation is iconic 80’s genius in orange slanted italic design.  The polished open-gated gear selector is unmarked and reminds the driver of classic Ferrari ownership with added 2+2 practically thrown-in.  Purists will note the visible grain on the Momo leather sports steering wheel because of the low miles covered and colour code sticker in the luggage compartment often lost in the first few years of ownership.  All front and rear compartments are factory fresh with one tiny split to the boot carpet.  This really is very close to a brand new Ferrari Mondial.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A Ferrari-cast lightweight alloy V8 power plant with a displacement of 3,185cc employing four valves per cylinder, Quadrovalvole QV, technology and is favoured by many thanks to superior performance compared to earlier models lower maintenance costs compared to the complicated final Mondial t.  Performance is quoted at 270bhp with 0-62mph in 7.4secs and a top speed of 155mph.  A recent full service including all cam-belts and inspection was carried out in March 2017.  A 5-speed transmission with a dog-leg pattern is precise and light thanks to a replacement clutch assembly and is controlled perfectly through the Ferrari open-gated gearshift selector.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Virtually perfect light alloy cast rims benefit from convex centre and smoother angled spokes all featuring pristine yellow circular centre caps bearing Ferrari’s black Cavallino Rampante rearing-horse logo.  A tiny mark to one alloy wheel is barely noticeable.  All four tyres are correctly sized premium Perelli P700z items with the unused front mounted spare still wearing the factory supplied Goodyear Eagle VR55.  As this is a later car from 1987 it incorporates the ATE anti-lock braking system with ventilated disk brakes to all four wheels.

HISTORY FILE
From a total production of just 810 3.2 Mondial Cabriolets this exquisite November 1987 produced Ferrari represents a rare car.  With just 2,868 miles from new it represents a virtually unrepeatable car too!  Coming from the dry state of Texas and owned by Ferrari collector and enthusiast, Dr Raymond Westbrook, this car was sourced by the current UK owner famous for housing some of the lowest mileage Ferrari models in existence.  The only reason for parting with this collectable example is to house an identical car with even fewer miles!  Limited history is present due to the low mileage covered other than a CarFax data report records revealing 10 annual check-ups between 1995 and 2002.  As piece of mind the vehicle has undergone a full service, cambelt change and check over by Migliore Cars Ltd in March 2017 at considerable cost also including conversion of headlamps and rear fog lights for UK purposes.  At this time Director Kevin White of Migliore Cars Ltd inspected the car to offer a professional opinion in writing that the mileage is correct.  The vehicle has a valid UK MOT certificate and NOVA clearance allowing the next custodian to be the first UK registered keeper.

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