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A sports car produced by Ferrari from 1975 to 1985. Produced along with the 308GTB, as well as 308GTBi and 308GTSi versions.

A red 308 GTS was a feature of the popular 1980's television program Magnum P.I., driven by the main character played by Tom Selleck.

Magazine & newsletter covers include: GTR Newsletter, March 2016 (Magnum P.I. scale model)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS page on 9 June 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ferrari 308 GTB berlinetta and targa topped 308 GTS are V8 mid-engined, 2-seater sports cars manufactured by the Italian company Ferrari from 1975 to 1985. The 308 replaced the Dino 246 GT and GTS in 1975 and was updated as the 328 in 1985. The similar 208 GTB and GTS were equipped with a smaller initially naturally aspirated, later turbocharged 2-litre engine, and sold mostly in Italy.

The Pininfarina-styled Ferrari 308 GTB was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 as a supplement to the Bertone-shaped 2+2 Dino 308 GT4 and a direct replacement for the 2-seater Dino 246.

Its F106 AB V8 engine was equipped with four twin-choke Weber 40DCNF carburettors and single coil ignition. European versions produced 255 PS (188 kW; 252 bhp) at 6600 rpm (7700 rpm redline), but American versions were down to 240 PS (177 kW; 237 bhp) at 6,600 rpm due to emissions control devices. European specification cars used dry sump lubrication. Cars destined to the Australian, Japanese and US market were fitted with a conventional wet sump engine from the GT4.

A notable aspect of the early 308 GTB was that, although still built by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, its bodywork was entirely made of glass-reinforced plastic (or GRP), allowing a very light weight of 1,050 kg (2,315 lb). This lasted until June 1977, when the 308 was switched to steel bodies, resulting in an overall weight increase of approximately 150 kg (331 lb). Standard wheels were 5-spoke 14-inch alloy. 16-inch wheels were made available later as an option, together with sports exhaust system, high compression pistons and high lift camshaft.

At the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show the targa topped 308 GTS was introduced. Independently from the market, all GTS used a wet sump engine and were steel-bodied. European GTB models retained the dry sump lubrication until 1981.

There were 3219 GTS and 2897 GTB examples were made during the 1975–1980 production periods. Only 808 of the first fibreglass (vetroresina in Italian) version were made.

Test performance, 308 GTB (GRP): Weight (curb with 74 l fuel) 2,778 lb (1,260 kg), acceleration 0-100 mph 15.0s, 0–100 km/h 6.5 s, 100–200 km/h 17.8s, top speed 159 mph (256 km/h).


1981 Specifications

ModelGTSi
0-60 mph*7.9 seconds
80-0 mph*254 feet
Cornering Capability*0.810g
Interior Noise @ 70mph*79 dBA
Fuel Economy*11.5 mpg
*=Test conducted by Road & Track, March 1981 issue

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