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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 9th March 2013 Car - 09/03/2013 / 1975 Ferrari 308/360 Dino / Lot 218
The 308 GT4 2+2 was a groundbreaking model for Ferrari in several ways; it was the first production Ferrari to feature the mid-engined V8 layout that would become the bulk of the company's business in subsequent decades, and was the first production Ferrari to feature Bertone (rather than Pininfarina) bodywork. The Dino 308 GT4 was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in November 1973 and featured angular lines entirely different from its curvaceous 2-seater brother, the Dino 246. The styling was controversial at the time with some journalists comparing it to the Bertone-designed Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Urraco. The 308 GT4 finally gained the 'Prancing Horse' badge in May 1976 which replaced the Dino badges on the bonnet, wheels, and the steering wheel. On offer today is this interesting project started by one of the UK's leading Ferrari specialists. It is based on a 1975 Ferrari 308GT4 chassis, and incorporates a Ferrari 360 engine and a manual gearbox producing over 400BHP from a front end damaged 360 which had only covered 22,000 miles from new and had just received a major service by a Ferrari main dealer. The steering, suspension and new brakes are from a Ferrari 328; in fact the only non Ferrari part is the new 206/246 fibreglass body which is made to the correct dimensions of the original car in France. The car is supplied with a correct windscreen, a set of 308 Dino instruments, Ferrari seats and other parts required to complete it, and also comes supplied with the V5C registration document and the SORN certificate. This is an opportunity to build a classic Ferrari, which could be left or righthand drive, for a fraction of the cost of the original, but still with the power to beat any of its contemporaries on the track.