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Ferrari 308 GT4 was its first with mid-engine V8


Wikipedia reports that Elvis Presley, Adam West and Gordon Murray each owned a Ferrari 308 GT4, so the next owner of the Pick of the Day would seem to be joining interesting company. 

The Pick of the Day is a 1976 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private owner in Wittenberg, Wisconsin. The asking price is $30,000 — yes, just $30,000 for a Ferrari.

And not a typical Ferrari at that. 

1976 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino, Ferrari 308 GT4 was its first with mid-engine V8, ClassicCars.com Journal

The 308 was Ferrari’s first car with a mid-engine V8 and also its first production car designed by Bertone rather than Pininfarina. 

The bulging design was done by Marcello Gandini, though reportedly with much input from Enzo Ferrari himself. 

The 308, a 2+2 coupe, was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1973 with Dino badging and remained in production into 1980 when it was replaced by the Mondial 8. Dino 308 GT4s were offered for U.S. import only in one year, 1975.

The seller of this one, chassis Dino F 106 Al A 12 078, purchased the car in Europe in November, 2002. 

1976 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino, Ferrari 308 GT4 was its first with mid-engine V8, ClassicCars.com Journal

“When I purchased the (car) from Dr. Paul Kuhn (representing Ebb Tide Management), Dr. Kuhn provided the technical assessments of the vehicle from June 1986 through August, 2002,” the seller reports. “He also provided a statement that the 100 000 km service update included new clutch and fly wheel and leather seats.  

“Dr. Kuhn said the vehicle was inspected and serviced quarterly and the cam drive belts were replaced every 30,000 km (20,000 mi during the 24-years he operated the vehicle).

“The vehicle was housed in a heated garage with the other vehicles in his collection in Riehen, Switzerland.  From 1986-1991, the vehicle was serviced at Garage Mirolo… From 1992-2002, the vehicle was serviced at Wettstein Garage Grenzacherstr… I have attached the technical assessment dates and odometer readings of the vehicle during the emission tests from 1986 – 2002.”

After buying the Ferrari, the seller kept it in a heated garage beneath his apartment in Rienhen, Switzerland, until bringing it to the U.S. in 2004. Since its arrival in Wisconsin, it has been housed in the showroom of the Beversdorf Garage in Wittenberg, “where it remains to date.” 

1976 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino, Ferrari 308 GT4 was its first with mid-engine V8, ClassicCars.com Journal

“The car has been driven infrequently since it was relocated to the USA in 2004 (a couple miles once per quarter to maintain seals and bearings) with associated routine maintenance handled by Beversdorf Garage,” the seller says.

The car’s body was restored and repainted in 2011. Earlier this year, the constant velocity joints were reconditioned and outer axle bellows/boots were replaced, the starter was reconditioned and its steering linkage parts (outer/inner tie rod ends and rack) were replaced, the seller adds.

The 308 GT4s were produced with a V8 displacing 3.0-liters and providing 255 horsepower and were linked to a 5-speed manual transmission. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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