Ferrari 308 GTS! Does it raise memories of the 1975 beauty which is still a hot contender in the used cars markets? If you have plans to buy a used Ferrari 308 GTS, WheelZine has a few checkpoints that can assist you in your feat.
The 308 GTS became hugely popular after it featured in the 1980s show, the Magnum PI.
The 308 GTB that was launched in 1975 was the predecessor to the spyder version of the 308 GTS. It was only in 1977 that Ferrari launched the targa top model, the Ferrari 308 GTS. The roof could be removed, and this was the selling point of the model. However, when buying a used Ferrari, you need to be extra careful about the minutest details. Else, you may end up buying a overpriced car with heavy repair bills. We have put together a list of checks that you can carry out before striking the deal.
Decide the Model
The Ferrari 308 GTS is available in three models―Carb cars, 2 valve fuel injected cars, and 4 valve (QV) cars. Each of these models have their own pros and cons.
Carb Cars: These cars are considered to be closer to the original design. With the 255 BHP (Euro spec.), V8 engine making a loud noise, I am sure all car lovers will go weak in their knees just listening to her. However, remember that these cars require a lot of maintenance. The U.S. spec car had reduced BHP of 205 due to low lift, duration cams, and lean jetting, so as to have low emissions.
2 Valve Fuel Injected Cars: The electronic ignition and rectification of old problems like cold start, fuel starvation at turns, and flat spots at throttle openings, makes this car superior to the carburetor models. However, if you are looking for higher power, you will not be interested in this model (205 BHP – U.S., 210 BHP – Euro).
4 Valve Cars: The Quattrovalvole cars have the highest power―230 BHP for U.S. models and 240 BHP for Euro specifications―amongst the three models. However this model can be heavy on your wallet. But if you are looking for a lighter, powerful, modern-looking car, this one’s for you.
Decide between: Euro or U.S. 308
Once you have decided the model, the next decision to be made is regarding the Euro or U.S. version. The Euro 308 is a lighter and more powerful version of the Ferrari 308 GTS. It has a smaller front and rear bumper, exposed dual tip muffler, Vitaloni style outside mirrors, and driving lights on the front grill. As far as the U.S. Ferrari 308 GTS is concerned, impact bumpers, flag type large mirrors, full size spares, and door beams, add to the weight of the car. Also, the U.S. 308 is not as powerful as the Euro 308!
Look for Original Stuff
Vintage or classic cars with original accessories are the costliest of the lot. If the model that you are interested in is accompanied by accessories, ensure that they are authentic. Apart from the accessories, also check whether the paint is original, or has the vehicle been repainted. The Ferrari 308 GTS had painted or ionized matte black finish on its radiator outlet in the U.S. versions, while the European models had body color finish. The cars had red/black upholstery with cream, blue, red, and gray being customizable options. The air intake grills were painted matte black for U.S. models, and natural aluminum for European models.
Look for Rust
The car surely is about 30+ years old but that doesn’t, in any way, explain rust issues. There are many ways to remove rust, but this will not reverse its ill-effects on the car body. So, if you see the slightest of rust deposits on the car body, near the engine or on the chassis, it is better to look for another Ferrari.
Most car users would be aware of the Vehicle Identification Number, VIN. This number gives you the complete history of the car, like owner details, manufacturing data, insurance details, information about past repairs, and accidents. These details about the car are sufficient to assist you in making a decision. You can find the VIN number on the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield, or it can be found on the door post at the driver’s side.
Visit Car Clubs
The car that you are interested in is pricey, and you surely don’t want to spend money on some fake or not-so-old model. Apart from the regular online research, visit local car clubs. You may be fortunate enough to meet someone who owns the same car model. Talk to them about buying the car. A car owner can give you more details than any authentic website!
Check the Maintenance Documents
A well-maintained used car is every buyer’s dream; however, most of us end up buying cars that are not in the best of shape. With Ferrari, the servicing cost can be pretty steep, and if ignored, the car can fall into disrepair. Ferrari engines are different than your normal car engines, and thus, need timing belt changes every now and then. While buying the car, remember to check the last timing belt change. Remember to check all the service documents before striking the deal. You should also check the availability of the spare parts and identify dealers who have these parts available with them. This will save you service costs and time.
The power of a Ferrari 308 GTS is definitely lesser than modern-day cars, but the looks of this curvy beauty are incomparable. The low roofline and the ease of manual steering drive, are the main attractions of this car. However, remember this exotic beauty comes with a heavy price tag (pre and post purchase).