The Ferrari 308 GTB - Italian car classic




If the world of Italian carmaker Ferrari was turned upside down when Bertone’s angular Ferrari 308 GT4 in 1973 appeared, things were righted when Pininfarina’s beautiful two-seat Ferrari 308 GTB made its debut couple years later.

“Based on the 308 Dino GT4 with only two seats is regarded by many as the more natural successor to the much-loved Dino 246,” England’s Motor summed up for many. “The styling is the best to come out of Ferrari for a long time.”

“Like the 206/246 Dino,” acknowledged Sergio Pininfarina, “the inspiration for the 308’s lines came from the Dino Berlinetta Speciale we exhibited at Paris in 1965.” The Ferrari 308 GTB was important because it was the first non-12-cylinder Ferrari to wear the prancing horse sign. And it was the first Ferrari with a fiberglass body. Its underpinnings were identical to the Ferrari 308 GT4’s, but its wheelbase was shortened about eight inches (210mm) to 92.1 inches (2340mm). As with that 2+2, horsepower was quoted at 255, and the European version used a dry-sump oiling system. Emissions regulations limited the first GTBs in America to 240 horsepower.





  • Production: 1975–1977 Fiberglass, 1977–1985 steel
  • Assembly: Maranello, Italy

  • Predecessor: Dino 246

  • Class: Sports car
  • Body style: Berlinetta
  • Layout: RMR layout

  • Engine: 3.0 L Tipo F105A V8
    3.0&L FI V8 (GTBi/GTSi)
    3.0L 4v V8 (QV)

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