Thanks to a beautiful design signed by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 308 GTB was well received by the public. Pininfarina said the inspiration for the lines came from the Dino Berlinetta Speciale that was introduced in Paris in 1965. The GTB was based on the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 but only had two seats and therefore a shorter wheelbase. The Ferrari 308 GTB was the first non-12-cylinder Ferrari to use the brand name instead of the Dino moniker, and also the first Ferrari to boast a fiberglass body. Critics and motoring press were very pleased with the Ferrari 308 GTB, saying it was a fast quiet and comfortable two-seater, easy and enjoyable to drive, as well as a great successor to the beloved Ferrari Dino 246. Inside, many improvements were made, such as a new steering wheel, revised bucket seats with better bolstering and a more ergonomic design.
If you’re thinking about buying a 1985 Ferrari 308 GTB, here are a few things to know about the model. First, horsepower was quoted at 255 when the car was first introduced, with a dry-sump oiling system. The first GTBs were limited to 240 horsepower in America and Ferrari engineers worked on many solutions to overcome the many emission regulations introduced in the next years. In 1980, Ferrari replaced the Weber carburetors with a Bosch fuel injection system and in 1982, the brand introduced the 308 quattrovalvole which resulted in 230 hp. Those QV models were said to be the best performance Ferrari 308s of all, thanks to their higher compression ratios and the new four-valve-per-cylinder head.
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