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Ferrari 308 GTB
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Ferrari 308 gtb

"Anyone who has the slightest chance to have a Ferrari in his life and passes it up is a fool!" That is what every red blooded car enthusiast will tell you down at the pub, but then they never drive a Ferrari do they? The Ferrari myth... Is it all hype or real magic? I bought my 308 gtb in California (see Mercedes 230 SL story). The Gran Turismo Berlinetta with is dart like lines is a classic shape of great beauty. Initially driving this piece of automotive sculpture was a disappointment. If you are used to modern sports cars this 1979 veteran isn't that fast and lacks about 100hp to be considered a really fast car. After this initial disappointment I began to appreciate the easy handling of the GTB. Now that I familiarized myself with the car I can predict it's responses and anticipate its limits instead of just feeling them. The magic of driving this Ferrari comes from the small subtle things. I now know instinctively just how much or little to compensate for the car's habit of tramlining slightly when squeezed down from 160km/h to 60km/h for a tight bend. I know precisely how to assist the little chrome gearlever trough the dogleg into fourth from third : quickly but not hastily, avoiding a click from the slower than the rest fourth gear synchromesh. I have learned to steer the car with a absolute minimum of steering wheel movement, using the throttle always ; I know automatically which deflections would fix themselves (the steering of a Ferrari is alive!) and which need early correction ; and I'm learning every time I drive my fly giallo Ferrari.

Ferrari 308 gtb

What are the two questions most people ask a Ferrari owner? How fast will she go and how much does it cost? Is Ferrari ownership expensive? I'll try to give an answer to this question by keeping track of all the expenditure on my entry level Ferrari 308 gtb.

Ferrari 308 GTB cost analysis
date
mileage
object
parts
labor
total
15/11/95
47500
new battery installed (Bosch)
3400
diy
3400
23/11/95
 
new Hella halogen headlights installed
14957
diy
14957
06/12/95
 
major service (oil, filters, etc)
2000
diy
2000
10/01/96
48000
new seal kits carburetors installed
1500
diy
1500
10/02/96
48500
new clutch assembly, flywheel corrected
22000
20000
42000
15/03/96
49800
valves adjusted, oil seals engine replaced
8572
diy
8572
23/04/96
50200
5 new Michelin tires
36845
 
36845
24/04/96
 
mot import check
 
 
4050
26/04/96
 
general check over and tune up by specialist
 
 
8000
30/08/96
53500
oil service
2000
diy
2000
all prices in Belgian francs!

Update! I have sold my first Ferrari to make room for a 365BB! Unfortunately the deal with the boxer fell through so I bought a 328 GTB. The 308 is now residing in Finland and I hope to drive my Ferrari up there sometime... Which is best: the 308 or the 328? Ta a look at the Ferrari 308 vs 328 page and make up your own mind.

Ferrari 308 gtb

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