Ferrari Dino 308 GT4
- Mileage: 90,615
- Year: 1979
- MOT Expiry: November 2022
- Exterior Colour: Rosso Corsa
- Interior Colour: Black Leather
- Top speed: 156
- 0-60mph: 6.7
- BHP: 255
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 2927cc
- Engine Configuration: V8
The Dino 308 GT4 was a mid-engine V8 2+2 car built by Ferrari. It was introduced in 1973 and sold with Dino badging (continuing the Dino brand to differentiate non-V12 Ferrari) until May 1976, when it received Ferrari badging. The GT4 was replaced by the Mondial 8 in 1980 after a production run of only 2,826 cars.
The GT4 was a groundbreaking model for Ferrari in several ways: it was the first production Ferrari to feature the mid-engined V8 layout that would become the bulk of the company's business in the succeeding decades, and was the first production Ferrari with Bertone (rather than Pininfarina) designed bodywork. Some journalists compared it to the Bertone-designed Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Urraco, also penned by Marcello Gandini. Enzo Ferrari himself took a major role in its design, even having a mock-up made where he could sit in the car to test different steering, pedals and seating positions.
The chassis was a tubular spaceframe based on the Dino 246 that was stretched for a longer wheelbase to make room for the rear seats. The suspension was fully independent, with double wishbones, anti-roll bars, coaxial telescopic shock absorbers and coil springs on both axles. The 2927cc V8 was mounted transversally and was paired with a 5-speed transaxle gearbox. The engine had an aluminium alloy block and heads, 16 valves and dual overhead camshafts driven by toothed belts. It produced 255hp and used four Weber 40 DCNF carburettors.
There were two series of GT4; the earlier cars featured a twin distributor engine and fog lamps mounted in the front valance. Later cars had a single distributor engine, with fog lamps mounted behind the front grille.
Rosso Corsa paintwork, Black leather upholstery, 16-inch Compomotive split-rim alloy wheels, Pop-up headlights, Electric windows, Air conditioning, Limited-slip differential, Pioneer cassette radio, Momo steering wheel, Lockable glovebox, Veglia Borletti instruments, Cigar lighter, Ash trays front and rear, Spare wheel, Tool roll, Spare key.
The 308 GT4’s Bertone-penned exterior looks great in classic Rosso Corsa, the paintwork maintaining a deep and even shine across every panel with few blemishes to report. The car has undoubtedly received some cosmetic attention over the years and so presents to a very good standard overall, with all trims, seals and badges appearing in fine order throughout. The lights are also very clear and free from moisture ingress, the bumpers are undamaged, and the chrome window surrounds still retain a great depth of shine. Not a concours example but certainly one to be driven and very much enjoyed.
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Full leather upholstery was a factory option for the 308 GT4, and within this car the seats remain in excellent condition throughout. The leather is still notably supple and presents with only a small amount of age-related wear; even commonly damaged areas such as the driver’s bolster appear in very good order with no damage to report. In the footwells the carpets retain a deep black colour, and while a few small marks can be seen along the centre console, the cabin maintains a very impressive finish overall. The driver’s dash features smart Veglia gauges and attractive cockpit-like switchgear, really adding to the sense of occasion, while the sculpted rear seats and deep boot area offer a level of practically not usually associated with Ferraris of this era.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 3-litre V8 starts first turn of the key and idles smoothly up to temperature; fed by four Weber twin-choke carburettors it sounds great through the quad Ansa tailpipes. The car has just returned from marque specialists Emblem Sportscars where it received a service, cambelt change, and general mechanical shakedown, the invoice for this work totalling in excess of £4,400.
The accompanying History File shows the car to have been well maintained throughout its life with most of its mileage having actually been done quite early on. A full engine and gearbox rebuild was completed at around 75k miles, and there are numerous specialist invoices detailing all the work that’s been carried out since.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Dino sits on rare two-piece Compomotive alloy wheels, all in great order with only a few minor age-related blemishes to note on close inspection. They are shod in matching Pirelli Cinturato P7 tyres all round, each with plenty of tread left. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition, most recently benefiting from a new brake servo and master cylinder in November 2021
From a total production of just 2,826, only 587 Dino 308 GT4s were built in right-hand drive. This particular example – a highly specified UK model – was built from October to November 1978 before being delivered to Maranello Concessionaires that December. It was first registered in January 1979 to Connolly Brothers Couriers (London) Limited and has now driven 90k miles in the hands of 11 total keepers.
The accompanying History File is complete with a stack of invoices, the original Ferrari document wallet, original handbooks, the original maintenance booklet, numerous MOT certificates, an original sales brochure, spare keys, and a hand-written vehicle log further detailing all work carried out to the car between 1988 and 2017.
Services have been carried out at the following mileages: 8,259 – 11,327 – 14,721 – 18,127 – 21,982 – 26,442 – 30,225 – 34,930 – 40,444 – 43,990 – 51,073 – 56,907 – 60,503 – 64,000 – 67,651 – 78,050 – 82,952 – 87,629 – and most recently at 90,610 miles in November 2021, which also included a cambelt change.
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