Ferrari 308 GTB: The Pininfarina Masterpiece that Outshone the Dino

The Ferrari 308 GTB is a classic mid-engined sports car that was produced from the 1970s and 1980s. It is the first Ferrari in production to have a fiberglass body, making it lighter and more maneuverable than the Dino 308 GT4. It is praised as well for having a lovely design that was influenced by the Pininfarina wedge shape.

For its period and class, the performance of the Ferrari 308 GTB is astounding. It has a top speed of 155 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 6 seconds. The 3.0 liter V8 engine generates 284 Nm of torque and 255 horsepower. The engine is positioned transversely behind the seats and has four camshafts and two valves per cylinder. The vehicle has rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission. As I already explained, the body is built of fiberglass, which makes the car lighter and more agile.

The Ferrari 308 GTB has a rich and fascinating history. It was introduced in 1975 at the Paris Motor Show as a replacement for the Dino 246 and a supplement to the Dino 308 GT4. It was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, who had also created some of the most iconic Ferrari models such as the Daytona, the Dino and the Berlinetta Boxer. It was the first Ferrari to have a mid-mounted V8 engine and a fiberglass body. The fiberglass body, also known as vetroresina in Italian, was used only for the first 808 cars, and then replaced by steel due to cost and quality issues.


The 308 GTB was also the first Ferrari to be developed in Pininfarina’s wind tunnel, which improved its aerodynamics and performance. The 308 GTB was later joined by the 308 GTS, which had a removable targa roof, and the 308 QV, which had four valves per cylinder and more power. The 308 GTB was also featured in several movies and TV shows, most notably in Magnum P.I. starring Tom Selleck

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