August 28, 2016

Rare Fiberglass, 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB

Rare Fiberglass, 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB

Rare Fiberglass, 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB For Sale

Found on Craigslist while looking for a new home, it's a rare car in the US, a Ferrari 308 GTB factory fiberglass body was built in 1976. Not a replica or clone, it's an original example by Ferrari. Originally the early 308s were manufactured in the 70s with fiberglass bodies and only 712 units of the fiberglass version were made, and this is one of them. Sold mainly in Italy, the Ferrari 308 was the successor to the Dino 246 GT/GTS, which was a two-seater sports car with a mid-engined V8, rear-wheel drive layout produced by the Italian company Ferrari from 1975 to 1985.

The 308 has a separate tube frame with the body designed by Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina, is also mechanically similar to the Dino 308 GT4, and has many similarities to the original Dino.

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1976 Ferrari 308 GTB

As shown here is the 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB European version VIN: F106AB, good looking with new red paint with 61901 miles on it, is still in excellent condition with no cracks, no scratches, and is free of rust. Hard to find imperfections from here, it could be nicely example of the Ferrari 308 GTB on the market today.

The original color is silver over a dark blue interior, the car received new red paint and an all-new black interior during the seller's ownership when the distance showed at the odometer about 25K miles ago.

Interior 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB

The black interior shows exceptionally well in photos with clean surfaces and trim throughout, looks nice, and is very rare for use. The materials all have a good shape and are tidy. All instruments and features hope are still good too.

V8 engine 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB

The 2.9 L Tipo F106 AB V8 engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission becomes the spirit of the 308 GTB, capable of accelerating from 0-100 mph in 15 seconds and 159 mph (256 km/h) for top speed, looks promising as a street racing car. While no words about mechanical issues and unmodified, you should come to see an accurate condition.

Detail by seller
VERY RARE!! Ferrari 308 GTB fiberglass, Euro Version, Just completed full service including belts, All numbers matching, no accidents or rust.

Great Investment car!

This 308 GTB is sequentially No. 185 of the 712 total cars built. (100 USA wet-sump cars and 612 Euro-dry-sump cars.)

Year 1976
Make Ferrari
Model 308 GTB
Type Vetroresina
Chassis No F106AB *19483*
Engine No F106A021 *00256*
Sequential Production No 185 of 712
Production Sequence Job No 237
Completed May 1976
Exterior Color Silver (Original)
Interior Color Dark Blue (Original)
Exterior Color Red (Current)
Interior Color Black (Current)
Mileage 99,621 Kilometers (61,901 Miles)

Production of Ferrari's ultra-cult collectible Vetoresina 308 GTB models began in September of 1975 and ended in December of 1977 when the 712th examples was finished. Beginning in June of 1976, Ferrari began to introduce steel-bodied 308s along-side the original plastic-bodied counterparts. Production remained over-lapping until December of 1976 when the fiberglass variant began to be phased out. The two distinct versions remained in production until as noted in December of 1977 when the last "Vetroresina" example was completed.

The North American Market 308 GTB Vetroresina models differed from the European production examples in several ways. A dual distributor, dual exhaust system engine replaced the single distributor, single exhaust system engine found on the European version. The engine also relied on a more traditional and simpler "wet-sump" oiling system with revised oil-cooler arrangement. The North American variant also utilized revised side-marker and taillight lenses as well as having a speedometer in miles per hour and labeling and badging compliant with DOT and EPA regulations on those sold in the States. The USA versions were rated at 240bhp but actually produced 225bhp.

The European version was designed from the outset as an homologation vehicle for those interested in racing. The lighter fiberglass bodies and a production build of more than 500 units along with the dry-sump oiling system provided the basics for a competitive Group 4 racer and even later Group B rally cars. Even in "as-delivered" showroom configuration, the single distributor, single exhaust outlet, dry-sump European 308 GTB models were rate at 255bhp but actually produced 270bhp. Specialst tuners, privateers and most especially, Michelotto would quickly bring the stock output of the 3.0-liter V8 to well over 300bhp. Before the end of their contemporary racing days were behind them, the addition of Kuglefischer, slide-valve fuel injection saw output on several of the racing variants exceed 360bhp, all out of the stock-displacemnt 3.0-liter engines.

F106AB *19483*
While originally conceived as a racing homologation special, the majority of the 612 European dry-sump Vetroresinas were bought purely for enjoyment on the road as was the case with this particular example. Chassis No. 19483 was a standard European Dry-Sump GTB. It was completed in May of 1976 with an exterior color of nonmetallic silver with a very complementary dark blue interior. This Ferrari was ordered and sold new by the official Ferrari Agency in Rome, Italy, 19483 would remain in Italy for just two years until coming to the States in April of 1978 as a private one-time import waiver entry by an American owner in Los Angeles, California. At the time of import the car was showing just 12,500 kilometers and it remained in the original delivery colors of silver/blue.

One month after arriving in the States this Ferrari was offered for sale by OverSeas Imports Ltd. of Costa Mesa, California. It was listed several times that month in the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times which was for many years a mainstay way of listing such vehicles for sale. Overseas Imports also listed the car for sale in May of 1978 in the Ferrari Market Letter. It was sold shortly thereafter remaining with a private owner over the next ten years until being purchased in April of 1988 by Brian Burnett, owner of Ferrari of Las Gatos in Las Gatos, California. At the time of their purchase this Ferrari's odometer showed 41,000 kilometers and the car had been repainted to red and an all new black interior had been installed. They sold the car shortly after acquiring it to Steve Barney, Owner of Foreign Cars Italia in Greensboro, North Carolina. They sold it immediately to nearby resident, Lawrence (Larry) Gitmed. Gitmed had the car for only a very short period of time and sold it back to Foreign Cars Italia later that year with the odometer now showing 43,000 kilometers. After servicing the car, Foreign Cars Italia sold it to Chapel Hill, North Carolina resident Watts Hill. In May of 1988 the car was again serviced by Foreign Cars Italia. At the time of servicing, the car's odometer showed 46,434 kilometers. This Ferrari remained largely stored and un-used by Mr. Hill during his ownership.

In 1991 Watts Hill sold this Ferrari to Mr. Stephen V. Caggiano of Fort Lee, New Jersey. At the time of his purchase, the car still had just over 46,000 kilometers on the odometer. Caggiano did little with this Ferrari until authorizing a sale via Gaylordsville, Connecticut Ferrari dealer and broker Peter Sweeney to European Auto Sales and Restoration in Costa Mesa, California on March 22nd, 1995. At the time of purchase this Ferrari still showed just over 46,000 kilometers and it remained red with a black interior. European Auto Sales and Restoration sold this Ferrari shortly thereafter to a Japanese Museum Collection. It was imported to Japan on July 8th, 1995 and issued plates "33 5648." At the time of import and registration the car's odometer recorded 46,500 kilometers. This Ferrari would remain in Japan in the same private collection for the next 21 years during which time another 53,000 kilometers were added to the odometer. In May of 2016, we purchased this Ferrari in Japan from the long-term owner. Total original kilometers are now 99,621 (61,901 Miles.)

This particular 308 GTB Dry-Sump, European Model, Vetroresina is completely matching numbers with absolutely no rust or signs of accident damage anywhere ever. This vehicle has just been issued a new title and has had all services completely brought up to date including the belt service. There is zero time on the vehicle since all work was completed. New tires have been fitted to the original fully refurbished rims. Engine compression is perfect with the following results:

Cyl No. Pounds Per Square Inch
1 170
2 175
3 170
4 170
5 180
6 170
7 170
8 170

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