1976 Ferrari 308 GTBSOLD

Rare, Collectible, US Model, Fiberglass GTB

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1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Fiberglass
s/n 19547
Rosso Corsa with Tan Interior

Introduced in 1975 at the Paris Auto Salon, Pininfarina’s take on the 308 is a more curvaceous and exotic looking car than Bertone’s 308 GT4. Ferrari’s characteristic exploration of innovative technology led them to produce the car in fiberglass, but when production was later increased, the fiberglass proved expensive to work with, so after the first few examples were built, the remaining cars were built in conventional steel. Just 100 US specification fiberglass 308’s were built, of which this is a fine example.

This car is part of a very high quality Ferrari collection and has had upwards of $26,000 in mechanical work since 2002. Included among this is the renewal of the engine in 2002 at Steve Harris Imports. As part of this process, engine number 00738 was supplied and used. The clutch was also renewed and this work was completed approximately 5000 miles ago. The work performed since then has been comparatively minor in nature in the amount of about $4000 and has included electrical fixes, fluids, and rebuild of the rear brake system, including rebuilding the rear calipers, pads, and hoses. New Pirelli tires were fitted all around as well.

Cosmetically, this example is best described as a very straight and solid driver. The car was repainted some years ago in its original color, but shows minor aging and wear in selected areas in the form of crazing and the inevitable chips. Regardless, the car makes a strong impression and is more than presentable. The fiberglass body appears to have never been damaged, with very good panel match at and gaps throughout. The window glass and lenses are in good condition, including the windshield which has virtually no wear. The wheels are in good shape as well.

The interior is in very fine original condition and is as nice as can be expected of a thirty three year old car. The driver’s seat has some wear and one small tear, but is otherwise superbly preserved. The dashboard, instruments, switches, door panels, and headliner are excellent. The carpets are in great shape, with only a small hole near the dead pedal. The steering wheel has light patina that is just right.

The engine compartment and the front compartment are both in fine original shape that is consistent with a low mileage well cared for car that has never been restored. The vinyl zipper covers are in great shape and the zippers work well. The original washer bag is present in the front compartment. The engine compartment is tidy, appears to have been well looked after, and shows evidence of much recent work.

This car drives and operates as it should. The electrical system works well, including the lights, and the AC blows, but not cold. The brakes are effective, stopping the car evenly, and the engine works well with good power. The gearbox works properly, with good synchros.

This is a lovely example of the rarest and highly desirable street variant of the 308. As such, it is situated for long term appreciation. As an early version, this car is equipped with carburetors, which make the engine much more alive and soulful. The car is in original well-preserved condition and does not have the used up feel that can sometimes afflict 308’s. Instead, it presents as an attractive usable car whose looks have aged gracefully, and that will be an interesting, rare, and enjoyable Ferrari for its new owner. It comes with service manual on CD, manual, tool roll with tools, spare wheel, and some records. As a 1976, this car is not smog exempt in California and we are therefore recommending it for sale as a 49-state car.

Reference Number 39437

as of 2/25/2009

Overview
Car 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB
VIN 19547 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Beige 
Mileage 17,652 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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