1977 Ferrari 308 GTB
Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1975, the stunningly beautiful 308 GTB – Ferrari’s second V8-engined road car – marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed Dino 308 GT4. Badged as a ‘proper’ Ferrari rather than a Dino, the newcomer had changed little mechanically apart from a reduction in wheelbase, retaining its predecessor’s underpinnings and the transversely mounted, quad-cam 3.0-litre V8 engine that initially featured dry sump lubrication before later being supplied with wet sump for export markets.
In road tune this superbly engineered power unit produced 255bhp with an overall weight of just over 1000kg, an output good enough to propel the aerodynamically efficient 308 to a top speed of 150mph.
Produced initially with fibreglass, vetroresina, bodywork, it was the first time that this material had been used for a production Ferrari, and the Scaglietti-built 308 GTB went on to be made in steel from April 1977. For the European market with more relaxed regulations, Ferrari specified the 308 GTB with dry sump lubrication and higher lift cam shafts, breathing through downdraught Weber 40 DCNF carburettors.
Chassis number 21521 was built by Ferrari in May 1977 to the specification set out by Lancaster Garages in Rosso Chiaro, Nero leather with black carpet interior and delivered on the 3rd November 1977 to Mr. Christopher Tennant of Andover. Registered TPB 656S, 21521 was built with right hand drive, steel body, dry sump, with engine number 00766 and was fitted with the optional air conditioning and wide wheels.
Mr. Tennant had 21521 serviced by Maranello Concessionaires three times during the one year warranty period, and once by Romans in Woking in May 1978. In August 1979, 21521 was serviced by Brighton Car Concessionaires while showing a mileage of 9480 miles.
21521 was then bought by Mr. Robert Beatty of Brighton in 1982. Mr. Beatty had Modena Garage service 21521 in December 1982 and again in May 1984 while showing 17982 miles, when he sold the car to Mr. Larry White of Raychem Ltd in Swindon. Mr. White then moved to Newark, California in May 1985 and took 21521 with him. It was given the registration 1NQV173 and Mr. White kept the 308 until it was bought by the current owner in 2016.
The current owner had CARS UK bring 21521 back to the U.K. and then sent it to Nick Cartwright Specialist Cars to be looked over. They performed a complete service, and also repainted the exterior in the original Rosso Chiaro. While working on 21521, they remarked on the integrity and originality present, right down to the nuts and bolts which remain in great condition. 21521 also retains its original space saving alloy spare wheel, tool kit, books and folder along with the Californian registration plate.
21521 offers a wonderful opportunity to acquire a stunning, matching numbers, early steel bodied example of Ferrari’s first V8 production car. With recent extensive servicing at Nick Cartwright Specialist Cars, tools, space saver spare wheel, books and history, 21521 is a perfect useable choice for summer motoring.