This exceptional Ferrari 308 Quatrovalvole was originally purchased new at Maranello Sales Limited, Egham, Surrey and serviced there whilst under the manufacturer's warranty. Finished in Rosso Chiaro with seats and door cards finished in cream leather with a red insert stripe, red carpets and a black vinyl finish removable roof (with alternative quick fit rain cover). The car remains with matching chassis and engine numbers, has a fully documented ownership and service history and the original leather service book wallet.
The previous owner acquired the car in June 2006 with the mileage at 60,930, since when it has covered a further 34,000 over the last 13 years of careful ownership.
The Ferrari 308 was designed by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, who had been responsible for some of Ferrari's most celebrated shapes to date such as the Daytona, the Dino and the Berlinetta Boxer. The 308 used elements of these shapes to create something very much in contrast with the angular Bertone designed 308 GT4. Earlier GTS models, similar to this car, featured a removable roof panel with grained satin black finish, which could be stowed in a vinyl cover behind the seats when not in use.
Built between 1976 and 1985 as the successor to the 246 Dino, the Ferrari 308 was fitted with a 3 litre 90-degree belt driven V8 engine fitted with twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank. It was transversely mounted with the transaxle transmission assembly, found below and to the rear of the engines sump. All models were fitted with a fully synchromesh 5 speed manual gear box (more commonly known as ‘’dog leg’’). The 308 was fitted with all-independent double wishbone suspension, coaxial coil springs and hydraulic dampers.
At the 1982 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari launched the 308 Quattrovalvole, in GTB and GTS form. The main change from the 308 GTBi/GTSi it succeeded were the four valves per cylinder — hence its name, quattrovalvole, literally "four valves" in Italian — which pushed output back up to 240 hp (179 kW) restoring some of the performance lost to the emission control equipment.
The new model could be recognized by the addition of a slim louvred panel in the front lid to aid radiator exhaust air exit, power operated mirrors carrying a small enamel Ferrari badge, a redesigned radiator grille with rectangular driving lights on each side, and rectangular (in place of round) side repeaters. The interior also received some minor updates, such as a satin black three spoke steering wheel with triangular centre; cloth seat centres became available as an option to the standard full leather. Available options included metallic paint, a deep front spoiler, air conditioning, wider wheels, and 16-inch Speedline wheels with Pirelli P7 Tyres.
Apart from the DOHC 32-valve cylinder heads, the V8 engine is essentially of the same design as that used in the 308 GTSi model.
Total displacement is 2,927 cc (2.9 L; 178.6 cu in), with a bore x stroke of 81 mm × 71 mm (3.19 in × 2.80 in). Output on European specification cars such as this was 240 PS (237 bhp; 177 kW) at 7000 rpm and 260 N⋅m and 192 lb⋅ft) at 5000 rpm of torque. The gear and final drive ratios were altered to suit the revised characteristics of the 4 multivalves per cylinder engine. One other significant benefit of the QV four valve heads was the replacement of the non-QV models sodium valves which have been known to fail at the joint between the head and the stem. Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and Magneti Marelli Digiplex electronic ignition were carried over from the GTBi/GTSi.
The 308 was made famous by the television series Magnum, P.I. in which Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) drove the car around Oahu for eight seasons while on his investigations, from 1980 to 1988. Several 308 GTS cars were used, a new one for each season, the last being a 308 Quatrovalvole, most being auctioned off after filming and all with the license plate ROBIN 1.
As we are a registered Ferrari repair garage, the car will come fully serviced in house and with a full year's MOT at the point of sale.This exceptional car deserves a full inspection to verify the superb condition it has been maintained in.