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308 GTB

The long awaited replacement for the Dino 246 GT,  the 308 GTB made its debut at the Paris and London shows in 1975. Built to a Pininfarina design by Scaglietti. The sought-after first models boasted fibreglass bodywork apart from the aluminium front lid. This was the first Ferrari production car to feature fibreglass as a body material, and in fact the idea has not been repeated by the company in large volume production since. A return to a pressed steel and aluminium happened in late 1976 for USA cars, and around mid-1977 for European models. The simplest way to identify a fibreglass bodied car, is to see if there is an indent line between the front screen pillar and roof panel. If there is one, then the body is fibreglass.

The side profile of a rosso 308 GTB at GTO House
The side profile of a rosso 308 GTB at GTO House

Disc brakes, with independent suspension via wishbones, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, were provided all round, with front and rear anti roll bars. A transversely mid-mounted aluminium V8 engine was essentially of the same design as that used in the 308 GT4 model. It was of a 90 degree configuration, with belt driven twin overhead camshafts per bank, having a total capacity of 2926cc, with a bore and stroke of 81mm x 71mm.

The instrument binnacle of a 308 GTB
The instrument binnacle of a 308 GTB

The engine was coupled in unit with the all synchromesh five speed transmission assembly, which was below, and to the rear of the engine’s sump. It was fitted with a bank of four twin choke Weber 40 DCNF carburettors, mounted in the centre of the 'V', the exact specification of which depended upon the market. European cars were fitted with dry sump lubrication.

A rosso 308 GTB has pride of place outside the porch of GTO House
A rosso 308 GTB has pride of place outside the porch of GTO House

Our experienced Ferrari-trained technicians service many 308's in our dedicated workshops, ranging from minor mechanical repair work to major overhauls. As you will see from this site, GTO Parts offer an extensive range of specialist components for all the 308 models.

Engine

Type: rear, transverse 90⁰ V8
Bore and Stroke: 81 x 71mm
Total Displacement: 2,927cc
Compression Ratio: 8.8:1
Maximum Power: 252bhp at 7,700rpm

Chassis and Suspension

Frame: tubular steel
Front Suspension: independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension: independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes: discs
Gearbox: 5 speed + reverse
Front Tyres: 205/70 VR 14
Rear Tyres: 205/70 VR 14
Fuel Tank: 80 litres – 17.6 gallons

Dimensions and Weight

Type: berlinetta
Wheelbase: 2,340mm
Front Track: 1,460mm
Rear Track: 1,460mm
Dry Weight: 1,090kg

Performance

Maximum Speed: 157 mph - 252 km/h