1977 Ferrari 308 GTB

Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde 2021
Wednesday, 3 March - Wednesday, 10 March 2021
€65,000 ($77,350)
Sale Price
€75,000 - €95,000
Est. Range
12 March 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
Auction House
Chassis no. 22183. Engine no. 2591. Medio Verde Metallico over beige leather, black strips. 2,927/255hp, Weber carburetors, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Michelin tires, Borletti air conditioning, power windows, Pioneer cassette stereo, jack, tools, fitted Schedoni luggage.

Evaluation: First owned by Land Speed Record holder Don Vesco who painted it white, returned to this unusual original color by the second owner. Recent belt, clutch and engine service and the engine looks like it has been out, serviced, superficially cleaned up and put back in a repainted but not restored engine compartment. Very good paint and upholstery. An intriguing ownership history.

Bottom Line: The Don Vesco ownership history and its trips to Bonneville in furtherance of his speed record attempts add a bit of intrigue to this 308 GTB. Its condition is good, it has a belt service somewhere in its near term past and the colors are going to stand out even on a field of Ferrari 308s. The history and color are, however, barely reflected in this modest result, a good value for the new owner.

by Rick Carey
19 March 2021
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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