The 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB is a hand-built Italian sports car made from 1975 to 1985. With its mid-engined layout, low roofline, and exotic sounding 3 Liter V8, the Ferrari 308 GTB is an exotic car in every sense of the world. Introduced as a replacement for the V6-powered Ferrari 246 Dino, the Ferrari 308 GTB was fitted with a new engine, which powered a model-range that still runs to this day, the current Ferrari 458 being the latest iteration. With its 4 Weber dual-throat downdraft carburetors and a unique Ferrari exhaust system, the 308 GTB’s sound is magical and made a claimed 255 hp at the crankshaft. The Ferrari 308 GTB’s body was made of fiberglass because Ferrari had no idea if they would sell enough to start a massive manufacturing campaign in steel. The instant success of the 308 GTB had them tool up to build the car with a steel body, like the other Ferraris, very quickly.
Penned by Pininfarina, the compact, clean design of the 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB was to stand the test of time, and was deservedly placed as number five on Sports Car International’s Top Sports Cars of the 1970’s list. A notable aspect of the early Ferrari 308 GTB was that, although still built by Scaglietti, the car’s bodywork was entirely made of glass-reinforced plastic, allowing for a very light weight. These early fiberglass cars also featured dry-sump lubrication derived from Ferrari’s racing experience. Just 712 of these first series, lightweight 308 GTB’s were produced until June of 1977, when a more traditional steel body construction was adopted. There were small differences between the GTBs designed for the European market versus the American market. The U.S. models were subject to stricter emissions standards, and carried more weight due to heavier bumpers. The Euro cars had a single distributor, while the American cars had twin distributors. Also, The U.S. market cars were rated at 240 hp while the Euro cars were rated at 255 hp. The most desirable Ferrari 308 is the fiberglass GTB, for its rarity, lightweight design and carburetion system.
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