Thanks to the television show Magnum, P.I. and Tom Sellick, the Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS gained tremendous popularity and became an 80’s cultural icon of well-to-do yuppies after seeing duty as Magnum’s ride of choice on the show. In fact, the 308 was one of Ferrari’s best-selling models of all time.
Produced from 1975-1985 and ultimately selling over 12,000 units during its 10-year run, the 308 was introduced as a successor to the Dino 246 as an entry-level Ferrari (if there is such a thing), specifically targeting the American domestic market to compete against another sports car icon, the Porsche 911.
With some visual DNA from the Dino and trademark Ferrari styling cues such as side intakes, sexy lines, and a sloping front end, the 308 was a beautiful, yet aggressive shot across Porsche’s bow. This mid-engined, rear-wheel drive number was propelled by a 3.0-liter V-8 producing 240 hp (in US trim) and with a relatively light chassis, it handled like a California dream.
Although Sellick’s Magnum drove a red targa-top GTS, our featured car is a hard-top GTB, and a rare one at that. The first 712 308’s made had fiberglass bodies, until all-steel bodies were introduced in 1977. These were known as vetroresina (Italian for fiberglass) cars. In addition, only 100 of these fiberglass 308s had a wet-sump engine that pumps up the rarity meter even farther.
This is a low-mileage, clean, original, and well-maintained example with the protective film still on the door pockets. Combined with a desirable color combination of silver over black leather, this is a highly sought and collectible 308 for any discerning enthusiast and Ferrarista. It is currently listed for sale on Hemmings for $95,000.
Model: 308 GTB
Engine: 3.0L V-8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 14,500 miles
1976 Ferrari 308GTB Vetroresina – This is the car that makes a collector’s heart flutter!!
- 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina – 1 of 100!
- 14,500 documented Miles! MINT!
- Protective film still on door pockets!
I have to sell my little collection, and my most precious car – the 308 GTB Vetroresina. It is considered by many to be one of Ferrari’s greatest manufacturing and styling triumphs.
What many don’t know – the original GTB was first released in 1975 as a 1976 model and produced with a fibreglass body (front hood aluminium). They are referred to as “Vetroresina” (Italian for fibreglass).
Ferrari wanted to speed up the production of the 308 GTB after disappointing sales of the 308 GT4, and it was quicker to make fibreglass bodies. In 1977 Ferrari then switched to steel bodies- after only 712 Vetroresinas (of which appr. 100 were delivered with wet-sump engines).
These extremely low production numbers make the glass models the most desirable of the 3×8 range. Low mileage and well looked after Vetroresinas are sought-after, and most recently two have been sold for more than $100,000!
My car is production number 19735. Silver with black leather exterior. Wet sump engine, 1 of 100! I had the chance to purchase this car several years ago but at the time couldn’t risk the investment as I had just started my own business. 2 years later and by accident I ran into the seller again – and he still owned it. And switched owners just a day later. It became the gem in my little collection.
My business now demands me to move and I won’t have the storage for the cars anymore. So here is your chance to own a piece of Ferrari history.
My 308 GTB Vetroresina
The car has a documented 14,500 miles on it. I have all the books, including the stamped service book which proves the mileage. As I love to find out more about my cars I did some research and found the original owner, a gentlemen now in his late 70s. We had a nice chat about his Ferrari which now sits in my garage. I also have an original (!) 308 brochure from 1976 in mint condition, as well as the original key chain the first owner got.
The car comes with the original tool kit and the bag with the jack, replacement bulbs etc. The interior is beautiful – it shows the patina that makes it so special. The leather shows some minor wear on the bolsters, but really not much! The whole interior is super clean and does not show the age at all! The door pockets even have the film from the factory still on! The radio is a very cool vintage Blaupunkt (Ferraris did not come with radios from the factory). And – it comes with its original fire extinguisher … from 1974!
The engine compartment – VERY clean! It has all the original labelling plates, just beautiful.
The body. The car has been resprayed in the original colour, but I don’t know when. I have not polished it as it is still nice and shiny. I found one or two small stress cracks in the paint which is normal for fibreglass bodies. The rims have the original centre caps but after all these years they have cracks in the glass. I found the exact replacements but haven’t put them on. So they come with the car, too!
I drove the car 200kms when I picked it up – and had a blast! Even a 30min bumper to bumper was no problem at all! See the video clip.
This magnificent car can now be yours … and I doubt there is a better car investment at this point in this price range. Just look at the 308s predecessor, the 246 GTB/GTS. Some years ago you could get them for $75,000. These days it is at least $250,000 and up.
The 308 is next, and the Vetroresina is its holy grail! 1 of 100 …