We are pleased to offer 1976 Euro model, Fiberglass-bodied, 308 GTB dry-sump s/n 19377m, a Platinum winning car at the Cavallino Classic 2019. When introduced in October of 1975 at the Paris Auto Salon, the Pininfarina designed 308 GTB was an elegant replacement for the much-missed 246 GT. Thanks to the lines penned by Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti, the 308 GTB continued the exotic yet curvaceous lines shown in Fioravanti’s earlier 206 and 246 GT, 365 GTB/4 Daytona and 365 BB Berlinetta Boxer. As a replacement for the 246 GT, the 308 GTB was the first of Ferrari’s higher-volume, smaller-engine V-8 exotics, meant to appeal to a larger market than the flagship V-12s, and the first of the long line of V8 Ferraris that have evolved into today’s massive commercial success for Ferrari. When introduced at the Paris Auto show, the 308 show car was finished in a stunning Azzurro Metallizzato with tan leather, back inserts and blue carpeting. Our feature Ferrari, 308 GTB dry-sump s/n 19377 was also from new in Azzurro Metallizzato with tan leather, back inserts and blue carpeting and so is the twin to the original ’75 Paris show car.
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This beautifully 308 GTB “Vetroresina” (Fiberglass) is one of approximately 400 LHD examples built from new with the dry sump engine, was sold new in Europe, and as some point was painted from Azzurro Metallizzato to Rosso Corsa red while in Europe. In 1985 Ferrari 308 GTB s/n 19377 was imported into the US by Aldo Stanisavljevic of Lake Angelus, Michigan, as confirmed by original importation papers, and remained in his ownership until at least 2001. By the mid-2000s, the rare Vetroresina passed to Claes Flodin of Kaysville, Utah, and was later sold to Michael Call’s Cavallino Equipment Group in Salt Lake City. Mike commenced an obsessive down-to-the-bare-tub and back-to-the-original colors, photo-documented, rotisserie restoration in 2014, which was completed in October 2017. The restoration was extraordinarily well documented, with in-process photos of every step of the work done.
Sit back, have a coffee and click on https://photos.app.goo.gl/4bHTHQ37bZjES6TJ3 or 1976 Ferrari 308GTB Vetroresina #19377 – Restoration Photos to see over 250 photos that record the fastidious down-to-the-bare-tub rotisserie restoration, with a strip down to the bare fiberglass, all new paint over a mirror-straight body, a complete rebuild of the engine and transaxle, a rebuild of all four suspension corners, a rebuild of the complete brake system and every ancillary mechanical systems. The gauges, switchgear and electrical systems were all reconditioned, while the interior was sublet to the famed Luppi Tappezzeria in Italy for the correct leather upholstery and Wilton wool carpets. The total in-shop labor was 1,380 hrs @ $90 per hour = $124,200, plus paint at $32,055, plus the interior by Luppi, plus multiple pages of new parts, plus seemingly endless materials. The total cost of the three-year restoration exceeded $200,000, supported by a voluminous loose leaf binder and an itemized expense log.
Mechanically, the transversely mounted, 3.0 liter, quad-cam V8 and its four twin-choke Weber carburetors were completely rebuilt, as were all other mechanical components. Every aspect of the suspension, brakes, and electrical system is fully rebuilt and fully sorted. The gearbox was completely rebuilt and works as-new, with excellent synchros. The engine easily pulls to redline and makes all the right sounds of air being sucked down four weber carbs, which make the engine much more alive and soulful. Everything in the front compartment, from the air horns and fans to the new washer bag and windshield washer pump to the zippered front cover is new or restored, with the very rare and correct early “thin line” spare wheel and tire concealed inside. The engine compartment has all the correct clamps, hoses, plating, decals, painting and is obviously show quality. The rear trunk compartment has also been restored to as-new condition with the correct carpets and vinyl zipper cover that opens and closes smoothly.
Cosmetically 308 GTB “Vetroresina” s/n 19377, is without reproach. The paint is show quality and because the body has been block sanded, is too a higher quality than when new. Thanks to the early 308s clever door latches, the doors open and shut with a finger light touch and the front hood and deck lid open and close with ease. All the decals and plaques have been duplicated or restored. The frame, lower body and all suspension components have been painted, powered coated or replated and restored to as new-or-better than new. All four wheels have been repainted with the wheel decals reproduced and 308 dry sump s/n 19377 sits on a set of new and correctly sized set of Michelin 205/70 VR XWX tires mounted on the restored 7 1/2 x 14 Campagnolo wheels. The interior is as-new and was sublet to the famed Luppi Tappezzeria in Italy for the correct leather upholstery and Wilton wool carpets. All lens are new or restored except the windshield which still has its original Michelin tire decal and so the windshield has minor pitting. 308 s/n 19377 is complete down to a reproduced original Glidden paint color decal with the correct paint code.
As a testament to the high level of restoration, Platinum winning 308 GTB dry-sump s/n 19377 is featured in the current (July, 2020) edition of Car & Driver magazine on page 44. As per the article in Car & Driver, “The two-seat 1975 308 GTB coupe was the first Ferrari road car with fewer than 12 cylinders that the company felt comfortable badging as a Ferrari”. Car & Driver goes on to add “The 308 was so successful that Ferrari reinvented itself in this car’s image. The 2.9 liter V-8 came from the Dino 308 GT4 and made a stout 240 horsepower yet was also tractable and forgiving enough to be used every day. Factor in the car’s roomy interior and this was the most useable Ferrari to date”.
When the restoration was first finished 308 GTB dry-sump s/n 19377 had only 45,723 Kms (28,411 miles) and today has only 46,606 Kms (28,959 miles) and so has only been driven 883 Kms (549 miles) since the restoration. S/n 19377 comes with a full set of original books, with their original pouch, a warranty card (from a slightly later car); the full set of tools with their bag; the jack kit, tire iron, and bulb and fuse container with the jack bag, is fitted with a pair of rare and original “California” side mirrors, and has been Ferrari Classiche “Red Book” certified as matching numbers. This exquisite dry sump Vetroresina is quite likely one of the most finely restored examples in existence. Having accrued about 549 miles since the restoration, this very early 308 is ready-to-go for an owner who wants to experience it to the fullest on the show field or the open road. This Platinum winning blue Berlinetta can be presented at Ferrari Club of America events, weekend Cars & Coffee gatherings, or as a price of ownership in the owners garage, where its no-expense-spared restoration, it’s feature on page 44 of Car & Driver magazine and unique specifications mark it as one of the best. With seemingly no detail left unattended, chassis 19377 must be seen to be fully appreciated. It is truly an ideal candidate for the serious Ferrari enthusiast seeking the rarest and most desirable iteration of the celebrated 308 GTB. 308 dry sump GTB s/n 19377 has just completed a pre-sale inspection by Dugan Enterprises, we have a copy on file, e-mail us for a copy.