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Lot 123: Ferrari 308 GT4

Carfest North Pride & Joy Auction, Silverstone Auctions (4 August 2013)

Ferrari took a bit of a gamble with the 308 GT4. The company had established an incomparable reputation for fabulous sports and GT cars with front mounted V12s, but were so nervous of playing with the formula for road cars that the boys from Maranello kept the famous name off the 308 GT4 until 1975. Perhaps the marketing men knew it would raise eyebrows, more startling than a transverse V8 was the pair of rear seats, bigger and more useable than any other mid-engined car had managed or would manage for a while. But another dilution of its hard earned sports car credentials, surely? Finally, there was the styling- Bertone's effort probably looks better now than it ever has, but at the time the 'push-me pull-you' proportions gave traditionalists a serious attack of the vapours. For all this the car was a huge success, more than 3600 were sold, dwarfing sales of V12 models and showing Ferrari the way forward. Whatever your views on the looks, you can't argue with the power, the noise, the handling or the heritage. Today these '70s Ferraris look fantastic, handle brilliantly and are as fast as you are ever going to need in the real world, with a top speed of over 150mph and a 0-60mph acceleration time of 6.4 seconds. So what's not to like? A decent one like this car will cost you no more than an equivalent new family car - which will continue to shed value faster than yesterday's newspapers. Presented in Rosso Corsa Red with cream leather, electric windows, factory sunroof, stereo, alloy wheels, rear seat belts, original tools and a private number plate. This is a delightful 308 GT4 with impeccable provenance, which also has an extensive history portfolio including her original books and manuals, serviced up to date along with a long Mot test. The car has been used regularly and she maintains a constant good oil pressure and water temperature with sharp braking and a precise gear change. The body is described as blemish free and the interior is in superb order. The vehicle uses unleaded fuel and has a fresh Mot. There is also a full V5C European log book for this vehicle present in the history file.

Lot Details
Auction Carfest North Pride & Joy Auction
Silverstone Auctions, Oulton Park, Cheshire
TypeCar
Lot Number123
Estimate£19000-£21000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1977
Condition rating2
Registration numberYOI 308
Mileage-
Chassis number12702
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylindersV8
Number of doors