1983 Ferrari 308 GTS QuattrovalvoleSource: R&H Collectibles
Eastlake, Ohio, U.S.A.
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Posted: 09 Jul 2010
Specs & DetailsExterior Color: yellow
Interior Color: black
Horsepower: 240 hp
0-60 Time: 6.5 sec
Top Speed: 159 mph
Miles Driven: 43,546
Though the odometer reads a touch over 43,500 miles you'd never know it by the condition. The exterior paint is a 9.5/10 (and I'm a hard grader,) the trim is excellent and the wheels are perfect. Newer Dunlop SP Sport D40M2 tires are at all corners, and even the spare sports a new one. The glass is all original and excellent. Rubber parts are shiny black, metal pieces are their proper satin, and all look excellent. It's amazing how good the body looks in yellow--you're so used to seeing red ones that you lose some of the curves and undulations in the Pininfarina design. The Targa top is excellent. The whole car looks dipped in yellow, and it's stunning.
Sold new at the now-defunct Autohaus Inc. in Cohasset, MA, the car remained in Massachusetts its entire life, first living in Leominster before moving to Andover. We have a photocopy of the original title, corroborating the warranty manual's information. Service records date from 2004, when the original owner started taking his car to Ferrari of New England after Autohaus went out of business. Most importantly the engine out service was performed fewer than 3000 miles ago in August of 2007. The car starts, runs, shifts, stops and handles like you'd visualize a Ferrari would. Also freshly done was a clear bra on the front end to keep the paint looking like new.
Inside, if you're not sure you're in a Ferrari, take a look around. OK, so the awkward seating position might give it away, and the Veglia gauges look familiar, and the switches are only found in Italy, but there's still a chance it's not from Modena. Ferrari didn't want you to worry, though: Including the floor mats there are thirteen prancing horses in the cabin alone. The gauges, the air vents, the ash tray...and I'm not talking part numbers or logos either. Thirteen deliberately applied or printed horses. They make you feel special, though. Pushing down on the gated shifter to engage first, hitting the factory air horns, feeling the fantastic steering and pushing on the well-done brakes is an experience. Letting the revs take off and listening to the V8 behind you, though, is an event.
Opening the rear compartment shows off the luggage compartment first, full of the original tool kit, owner's manuals and jack. Zipper that shut and you're left with the engine. Obviously well kept since new, aluminum pieces are clean and free of corrosion, rubber parts are fresh and the overall look is that of a six year old, 10,000 mile engine bay. When first lit, the engine sits at its high idle until the fuel injection and oil temperature dictate, just as it should. Idle speed drops below 1000rpm when warm, and power delivery is smooth. The sound is the best part--throaty down low and mechanical music towards redline. Performance isn't what you'd call fast by today's standards, but it was astounding in the dark days of 1983. The balance never went away, and it's only gotten better with modern tires.
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From Wikipedia The Ferrari 308 GTB are mid-engined sports cars manufactured by the Italian company Ferrari in the 1970s-1980s. They made up the lower end of the company's range. The 308 replaced the Dino 246 in 1975 and was updated as the 328 in 1985.