Introduced in 1977, the targa-topped Ferrari 308 GTS followed the coupe model, namely Ferrari 308 GTB, which was presented in 1975 at the Paris Motor Show. The targa model featured a removable center roof section and used louvered panels for the rear quarter windows. Designed by Fioravanti at Pininfarina, who had been responsible for some of the most celebrated Ferrari designs such as the Berlinetta Boxer, the Dino and the Daytona, the body of the Ferrari 308 GTS featured aggressive lines and sweeping curves. This design contrasted with the one of the Ferrari 308 GT4 2+2, on which the GTS was based. Although mechanically similar, the GTS boasted a shorter wheelbase and 4-wheel double wishbone independent suspension. The same DOHC V8 engine powered the GTS and the 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS was the last generation before a horsepower setback due to emissions rules tightening.
The Ferrari 308 GTB and GTS were the first non-V12 Ferraris to use the brand’s name, instead of the Dino moniker that was previously adopted. The Ferrari 308 GTS is also said to be one of the easiest classic Ferrari models to drive, which makes it quite enjoyable. While most 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS models have aged pretty well, there are a number of items to check when looking to buy a particular example. The best course of action is to hire the help of a Ferrari expert to take a look at the vehicle and papers. When buying a classic, it is always recommended to acquire the best condition model within your price range. As you may know, service on classic Ferraris can be onerous and time consuming. In order to enjoy your classic and retain its future value, the best advice you can get is to make sure you purchase a clean example and the best within your budget. Should you be looking for a trustworthy Ferrari expert, The Beverly Hills Car Club would be happy to share their contacts with you.
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