- Formerly part of the Al-Fayed Collection
- Rare early glassfibre-bodied model
- Right hand drive
- Well maintained
- Known ownership history
- Believed-genuine 26,200 miles from new
The Ferrari 308 GTB offered here has lighter glassfibre (vetroresina) bodywork of the very first cars produced, which are the most sought after by enthusiasts today.
Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1975, the stunningly beautiful 308 GTB – Ferrari’s second V8-engined road car – marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed Dino 308 GT4. Badged as a ‘proper’ Ferrari rather than a Dino, the newcomer had changed little mechanically apart from a reduction in wheelbase, retaining its predecessor’s underpinnings and transversely mounted quad-cam 3.0-litre V8 engine that now featured dry-sump lubrication. In road tune this superbly engineered power unit produced 255bhp, an output good enough to propel the aerodynamically efficient 308 to a top speed of 150mph (240km/h).
Produced initially with dry sump lubrication and glassfibre (vetroresina) bodywork – the first time this material had been used for a production Ferrari – the Scaglietti-built 308 GTB used steel after April 1977. The change brought with it a considerable weight penalty (around 80kg) and consequent reduction in performance, as well as an increased susceptibility to corrosion. Naturally, anyone wanting to race a 308 GTB started out with the vetroresina version if they could. Further developments included the introduction of an open-top GTS version with Targa-style removable roof, the adoption of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection (1980) and, finally, revised cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder (1982). Only 154 vetroresina models left the factory in right-hand drive configuration, making it one of the rarest of Ferrari 308 variants
Chassis number ‘20543’ was delivered new by H R Owen of Golders Green, London to its first owner, a Mr J L Patterson of Edinburgh. Date-stamped 27th July 1976, the original order sheet shows that the car left the factory finished in Rosso Chiaro with beige hide interior trim and matching carpets.
Entered in the 1986 Benson & Hedges Concours in Cardiff by its then owner, a Mr Meak of Glamorgan, the Ferrari scored 282 points and came 7th in class. During 1990/early1991 the car was at Modena Engineering, which spent £18,000 preparing it for sale (bills on file). Later in 1991, the Ferrari, now with 23,800 miles recorded on the odometer, was purchased by Harrods’ famous CEO, Mr Mohamed Al-Fayed.
In 2008, the Mr Al-Fayed family generously donated the Ferrari to a charity auction where it was bought by the next owner, who kept it until 2013. By then showing a total of 25,949 miles on the odometer, the car was sold to the immediately preceding owner, an employee of Mr Al-Fayed.
In May 2014, the Ferrari benefited from a complete engine and gearbox rebuild by respected specialists, Formhalls. Engine work included new pistons, cylinder liners, bearings, and valves, the rebuild process being documented by an annotated photographic record in the history file and bills totalling some £10,000. Spellbound Cars undertook a full mechanical re-commissioning at the same time.
In 2016, the Ferrari underwent a body restoration and re-spray in correct Rosso Chiaro and has also been fully re-trimmed in black leather with red carpets, these works being carried out by independent Ferrari specialists, Hoyle Fox Classics. Currently displaying a believed-genuine total of 26,200 miles on the odometer, the car comes with the aforementioned history file and its original instruction manual and service agents’ book in the Ferrari leather wallet.
Meeting every discerning collector’s requirements in terms of ownership history and mileage, ‘20543’ represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a well-maintained and little used example of this most desirable version of the iconic 308 GTB.
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1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina Coupé
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