- Engine Bay
- Trunk Area
- Chassis # 28609
- Engine # 01336
- 57,934 Miles With $30,000 In Recent Service
- A California Car With All Documentation From New
- Classiche Certified, Numbers-Matching Example
- Includes Manuals, Tools, CA Registrations From New & Original Window Sticker
The Pininfarina designed Ferrari 308 GTB was introduced in 1975 at the Paris Auto Salon. It took all that was great about the car it succeeded, the 246 Dino, and amplified power output with a 3.0L V-8 at the heart of its mid-engined, wedge-shaped body. The first production run of 808 cars utilized a Fiberglass body which gave way to a steel body in June of 1977 after customer criticism that Ferrari was using a substandard material (Plastic) for their bodies. U.S. Specification examples utilized a wet-sump lubrication system and were fitted with a different bumper design than European spec examples. All early 308s featured twin-choke Weber 40DCNF carburetors from 1975-1979 after which, Ferrari introduced the Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injected examples. The early-carbureted examples are widely regarded as the best sounding with the GTB variants having the cleanest look with superior handling over the GTS. In the hierarchy of collectability, the early Carbureted, steel-bodied GTB remains as the most sought-after examples behind the extremely rare Vetroresina (Fiberglass) bodied cars. In total, approximately 2,993 carbureted 308 GTBs were produced in what may seemingly be a large figure comparative to early Ferrari production numbers. However, many of these examples lived difficult lives especially at a time when these cars were relatively inexpensive making them targets for owners that lacked a level of care required. Today, collector-quality examples are extremely hard to come by which leads us to the fine example we are offering here.
The car we have available here is a June 1979 production, carbureted GTB, Chassis # 28609 fitted with its original engine # 01336 showing 57,934 mile from new. It is one of the rare examples finished in a color other than the traditional Rosso Corsa as it was born in the fantastic shade of “Dino Blue Metallic” over Beige. From the original window sticker on file, we know that chassis 28609 was originally sold new out of Ferrari of Los Gatos at the cost of $40,310.00 including an additional $670 charge for its Metallic Blue paint. Its first owner, a Mr. Yee of Sacramento, California was a dentist who kept meticulous records. We have everything from the day it was purchased to the day he sold it in 2011. The documentation is abundant starting with Mr. Yee’s financing documentation, a letter from Ferrari thanking him for his purchase, as well as the original Ferrari of Los Gatos Salesmen’s business card! In 1980, while the car was under warranty, Mr. Yee requested that Ferrari North America fully repaint his car due to failing factory paint as was common in the late 1970s especially for uncommon metallic colors. Ferrari NA obliged having Wes Lasher Ferrari complete the job in which Mr. Yee thanked them for. Though the shade of Blue is just a touch darker than Dino Blue Metallic, the paint job was done to a very high level and still presents excellently today. There are nearly 50 pages of service receipts present for Mr. Yee’s ownership including hand-written service entries in the warranty booklet chronicling the mileage from 1979 to the early 2000s. Also present are the original California Registration slips from 1979 through 2015. The documentation is truly fantastic and can be examined in the “View Documents” button above.
In 2011, after 32 years of ownership, Mr. Yee sold the car to its second owner, a Ferrari Concours Judge located in Sacramento, California. At that time, a full engine-out service was completed at 51,678 miles by Stewarts Automotive. The second owner showed the car often and won multiple FCA Platinum Awards with this example. In 2018, the current and third owner purchased the car marking the first time it lived outside of California since 1979. Upon receiving the car in June of 2018, the current owner commissioned a major service that included timing belt, clutch replacement, fluids change, suspension bushing replacements, A/C overhaul, ignition system correction and much more totaling over $21,000 at 57,676 miles. The car was also Ferrari Classiche Certified. In April of this year, another fluids service was completed along with some other general sorting, carburetor rebuild and Classiche Certification updated per Ferrari’s new yearly requirements. This updated certification is stamped in its included Ferrari Passport Booklet. All told, the cost was $7,726.24.
Today, chassis 28609 presents as a highly original example with the most documentation accompanying a Ferrari 308 that we have ever seen. No box remains unchecked with this numbers-matching, Classiche Certified, early GTB. Included in the sale are its original tools, jack, spare, Classiche “Red Book,” manuals, original window sticker, and records from new.
body and paint
The paint is very consistent with a deep finish and shine. There are no unsightly, major blemishes to note. A few minor stone chips on the nose of the car are present but nothing worth remedying. All of the panels are straight down the sides as one would expect from a well taken care of California car. All of the shut gaps are excellent as well and doors close with ease.
glass and trim
All of the trim is in excellent condition. The rubber bumpers are free from serious sun fading and/or warping. All of the glass is in exceptional original condition including the windshield which still has its original sticker on the lower driver's side.
The Cromodora wheels have all been redone at some point and are in good condition with some aging and a few chips.
seats and surfaces
Upon visual inspection, the seats, dash, gauges, carpets, door panels, and headliner all appear to be original and very well taken care of. The interior exhibits the right amount of patina commensurate with a car that has few miles than currently displayed. A testament to the previous care in ownership. Everything fits excellently as well. The carpets naturally show some signs of fading and use as expected. The seat appear to be original and may have been redyed at one point though it is extremely hard to tell.
functionality and accessories
All of the interior items appear to function correctly. The notoriously temperamental window regulators operate well with normal up/down speeds for the windows. The A/C has also been recommissioned and functions well.
engine bay and trunk
The engine bay is very tidy with correct/original stickers and markings present. It is evident that the carbs have been recently tended to and the entirety of the engine bay exhibits care. The hood struts work as they should.
The rear trunk compartment is original with clean carpeting and functional rubber strap that holds the tool kit and jack in place that is so often ripped. The front spare tire area is all original, rust-free, and an original spare is there wrapped in what appears to be its original Michelin XWX tire. Foam seal is also there and supple. The battery is wired for a trickle charger as well.
The engine cold starts well with a bit a choke then settles down to a smooth idle. It is evident that the car has been well taken care of while behind the wheel, navigating backroads and going through the gears. It has excellent, linear power and makes a great sound!
The transmission shifts smoothly with no known issues. As is typical with most Ferraris of this era (and even modern Ferrari's), second gear is a bit difficult to shift into when the car is still cold. This goes away completely when the car is up to temp.
brakes and suspension
Brakes and suspension all function as they should with no pulling or odd noises.
Driving an early carburated, 308 GTB is quite an incredible experience especially behind the wheel of an example like this which sets the standard for drive quality. The chassis is planted in curves with a firm yet livable suspension feel around town. Cornering is an absolute pleasure instilling comfort in your driving abilities and the driveline is extremely engaging with its classic gated 3-pedal shifting. Steering and braking are precise furthering engagement with a truly iconic sports car of the 1970s in its purest, berlinetta form.