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Saturday, June 11, 2011

21.3 Dart to the Heart: Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole #49397

The Ferrari 308 may seem pretty average to a modern eye. Maybe even ugly, unfinished and almost as cheap as a kit-car assembled in your backyard.

The again, such an eye would be wrong.
Of the various iteration of the entry level Ferrari model, I think the 308 has a special place in the company history. Not only it was the first of a long line of entry level models to feature a mid longitudinally mounted V8, it also carries on this sharp dart shaped bodywork which could very well be something to remember from its decade, if it wasn't for one Lamborghini Countach.

I'm pretty sure the is a very long and very painful list of all things that could and will go wrong with this car should one of us decide to part ways with a relatively low amount of money.
There is indeed a reason why you could buy one for as little as 40.000 €. I'm not going to add "in decent conditions", as that's very subjective, mostly depending on how much time you're willing to pass looking for spare parts or checking your bank account.

That's actually the case with most cars from more than 30 years ago, so that's not real surprise and it didn't get better until the Ferrari 360 Modena as far as I know.

This is completely irrelevant though, as I'm still convinced the look of this car is just great. Raw, untamed, projected to the next corner. I don't really care how it will handle it and how that's going to cost. It looks great, and that's fair enough for me.

All Pictures Copyright: Damiano Garro

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