Even by their own standards Ferrari has been enjoying a bit of a purple patch now for the thick-end of two decades. It took a few years after Luca Di Montezemolo took the helm in 1991 to get all his ducks in a row, but then came along the universally-adored Ferrari 355 and not long after came the appointment of Messrs Todt, Brawn and Schumacher in the F1 department …
However, for many people the sight of the car you see here sums up Ferrari as well as any other. More than 20,000 examples of the general 308 shape were produced between 1975 and 1989, making it the most successful Ferrari ever made – at least in terms of numbers produced.
The earlier cars were made from ‘veteroresina’ or glass-fibre before production of steel bodies started in 1977 and there were wet-sumped and dry-sumped versions of the 3.0 V8 (both carburettor and fuel injection-fed), as well as a removable hard-top model (GTS).
The sweet-spot of 308 production by common consensus came about in 1982 with the launch of the Quattrovalvole model, available both as a GTB and GTS. The advent of fuel injection initially brought about a drop in power from the carb’-fed engine, but the Quattrovalvole (four valve per cylinder) brought the performance back.
Relatively few of the deep-valanced, shortened-bumper QVs were made, and the one you see here is one of the best availabelwith just 10,318 warranted miles and three owners from new. It’s to be sold by Silverstone Auctions as part of its Autumn Sale at Silverstone on Saturday. The guide price is between £80,000 – 90,000.
So, a near-mint, original example of what’s considered to be the best example of the most popular Ferrari. The guide price may seem a tad high for some, but seeing how the market for significant Ferraris is going, perhaps it’s c case of ‘buy one while you can?’