Skip to main content

1979 Ferrari 308 GTS news, pictures, specifications, and information
Targa Coupe
Chassis Num: 26891
 
Sold for $63,250 at 2013 RM Auctions.
The Ferrari 308 was introduced as a replacement for the Dino 246 in 1975. It carried a design by Leonardo Fioravanti, of Pininfarina, and was made famous by the TV show Magnum, P.I..

The 308 shared both its tube-frame platform and double-wishbone independent suspension with the Ferrari 308 GT/4. Power was from a 2926cc transverse V-8 offering 240. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 156 mph. The 308 GTS proved to be the more popular variant of the 308 model, with a total of 3,219 examples manufactured.

The Ferrari 308 GTS entered production in 1977. Though similar to the 308 GTB, there were several differences between the two including the convertible top on the GTS models. Ferrari reinforced the chassis to account for the missing roof, leaving the handling dynamics of the GTB largely intact.

This Ferrari 308 GTS is finished in metallic grey and is fitted with aftermarket side-view mirrors and an aftermarket Kenwood stereo. It rides on aftermarket gold-painted BBS wheels with modern Pirelli tires.

Currently, the odometer shows just over 33,000 miles.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
Targa Coupe
Chassis Num: F106AS30033
 
Sold for $62,000 at 2015 Mecum.
This Ferrari 308 GTS is powered by a V8 engine mated to a 5-speed manual synchromesh transmission. It has an independent suspension, coaxial coil springs, 4-wheel vented disc brakes, a targa top, and rack-and-pinion steering.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016
Targa Coupe
Chassis Num: 28725
 
High bid of $62,500 at 2016 Mecum. (did not sell)
This Ferrari 308 GTS is one of 3,219 examples produced. It is powered by a carbureted 3.0-liter V8 engine mated to a Gated 5-speed manual transmission. It has dual exhaust and four-wheel disc brakes. The car has a Fly Yellow exterior with a black interior. There is air conditioning, power windows, radio, books, and tool roll. Currently, the car has 67,192 which are believed to be original.

This Targa Coupe has earned Platinum First Place and Gold Awards at Ferrari Club of America events. It is an early production carbureted model that rides on Cromodora wheels and Michelin radials.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2016
For the initial 18 months of the 308 GTB's production, fiberglass was predominately used for the bodies, but later switched to all-metal. The fiberglass bodies were around 125 kg lighter.

The 308 was capable of producing 255 bhp from its 3 liter, V8, carburetor engine. In 1980, a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system was installed due to new emission regulations. This caused the horsepower to drop to around 215 hp, thus making the 308 GTBi the slowest of the 308 series.

In 1981, Ferrari introduced 4 valve heads for the 3 liter V8's. This 308's now became known as 308 GTB/GTS Quattrovalvole. The engine now produced 240 BHP, and with the extra weight that was imposed due to using all-metal rather than fiberglass, the performance and handling was back to where it was when it began production.

In 1985, Ferrari introduced the 328 GTB/GTS. A vehicle that came equipped with a 3185 cc engine that produced 270 BHP.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2010
The 308 was Ferrari's first two-seat V8 road car. Made available to the public in 1975, it was the long awaited successor to the incomparable Dino 246 GT. The 308 series was a new beginning for the company as the premier builder of exotic sports cars for road use. As such, the 308 was designed to epitomize the sports car in its era. It did so admirably, and remains perhaps the most influential enthusiast car in history. The 308 is the car against which every subsequent sports car has been measured, upon which every Ferrari V8 sports and racing car has been based, and the car that brought Ferrari from the pinnacle of elite car-culture recognition into the minds of the general public. 25 years later, the shape and sound of the 308 is still 'Ferrari' in the minds of many people.

Design The Ferrari 308 GTS provided Pininfarina wîth an opportunity to flex its design and styling muscle. The company responded by redefining the public's collective impression of what a Ferrari, and indeed what a sportscar, should look like. The task given Pininfarina was the creation of a two-seat mid-engined V8, and few can have expected the Turin designer to respond wîth such a tour de force.

The 308's shape bears a passing resemblance to Pininfarina's Dino 246 GT. Where the older car was the ultimate expression of curvaceous 1960's styling, the 308 hinted far more at the future. From its sharp nose incorporating a slim bumper and a deep air dam, to its retractable headlights and row of black louvres that vent air from the radiator, the line flows up the windshield and out around the flanks to reunite

with itself at the buttress C-pillars, ending in a very subtle rear lip spoiler. The design is so beautiful and effective that it has been a basis for exterior styling of every subsequent V8 Ferrari and an object of study for design students the world over.

GTS models had louvered panels over the whole of their rear quarter windows. Increased venting front and rear served to improve cooling wîth each evolution of the engine. By and large, however, the design of the 308 was so iconic and effective that it was virtually unchanged throughout its decade of production.

Drivetrain

The heart of the 308 series was its three litre V8 engine. The 2926cc Ferrari V8 was something of a departure for the company, which had mostly relied on V12s. With the V8, Ferrari could offer much of the power of their legendary V12s while improving fuel economy and saving space. By placing the engine and transmission transversely Ferrari was able to reduce the length of their new sports cars and concentrate the mass within the wheelbase, a lesson of racing.

The transmission in the 308 was a five speed wîth reverse all synchromesh unit. Mounted transversely like the engine, the transmission received power through an unassisted single plate clutch. The gears sent power to the rear wheels through a limited slip differential and solid driveshafts wîth constant velocity joints.

Source - Ferrari
Recent Vehicle Additions

2017 Buick Cascada

2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

1905 Oldsmobile Model N

1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

1951 Oldsmobile Super Eight-Eight
For more information and related vehicles, click here

"
MICHELIN'S GOODWOOD FoS 2016 EXHIBITION TO DEMONSTRATE WORLD-BEATING ‘TRACK TO STREET' TYRE TECHNOLOGY
MICHELIN'S GOODWOOD FoS 2016 EXHIBITION TO DEMONSTRATE WORLD-BEATING 'TRACK TO STREET' TYRE TECHNOLOGY WITH EXOTIC CAR LINE-UP ◾Michelin's central exhibition to feature 'Track to Street' theme at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed ◾A specially curated display hails Michelin partner cars from on-track thrillers, through to street legal racers and ultimate performance road cars ◾The stunning Pininfarina-designed GREEN GT H2 SPEED concept car will take centre stage on the stand's turn...[Read more...]
MASERATI HIGHLIGHTS AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2014
Maserati Alfieri Concept takes centre stage in the Stable Yard for Maserati's centenary ◾Maserati A6GCS named 'best in show' in the Cartier 'style-et-luxe' concours d'elegance ◾Maserati MC12 'Cent 100' driven by Michael Bartels wins class and second fastest overall ◾Sir Stirling Moss and Lord March sign special Goodwood inspired Maserati vintage poster Monday, 30th June, 2014 : Maserati showcased its largest ever collection of cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend as p...[Read more...]
Friday Highlights At Goodwood Festival Of Speed
Goodwood, 12 July - Scuderia Ferrari driver Marc Gené will be demonstrating the F10 (chassis no.285) as part of the Contemporary Grand Prix Cars class at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed which starts today. Chassis no.285 was piloted by Fernando Alonso to four grand prix victories in 2010: Germany, Italy, Korea and Singapore. A handful of beautiful historic Ferraris are also on display on the Cartier Style et Luxe lawn, throughout the weekend; two are particularly notable due to...[Read more...]
FERRARI IN ACTION AT GOODWOOD
Goodwood 11 July - Ferrari will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend offering spectators a chance to see a wide range of innovative products bearing the Prancing Horse. Crowds in excess of 180,000 are expected for the event and with great weather forecast for all three days, the 2013 FoS is shaping up to be a memorable weekend for all involved with the 20th anniversary of this event. The Scuderia Ferrari team is scheduled to demo their 2010 Formula 1 car twice each day as...[Read more...]
Six Decades Of Ferrari At Mecum's Daytime Auction
1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Headlines Select Offering of Italian Illuminati Mecum Auctions will present its 4th annual Monterey Daytime Auction, Aug. 16-18, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf course, featuring some of finest machines Ferrari has ever produced headlined by a 1954 750 Monza Spyder Scaglietti. By turns part of the Engelbert Stieger, Brando Wang, Walter Burani and Roberto Crippa collections, 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder Scaglietti S/N 0462MD...[Read more...]

156
166
166 F2
195
196
212
246
250 GT
250 Monza
250 Testarossa
275
288
308
312
328
330
333 SP
335
342 America
348
360
365
375
400
410
410 S
456
458
488 GTB
500 F2
500 Superfast
500 TR
512
512 BB/LM
550
553
575
599
612 Scaglietti
625
California
Dino
Enzo
F12berlinetta
F12tdf
F355
F40
F430
F430 GTC
F50
FF
LaFerrari
Mondial
Mondial 500
Testarossa
Type 340

Image Left 1978 308 GTS
© 1998-2016. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.