1979 Ferrari 308 GTS

Spider Body by Pininfarina
Sale Price
$97,008 - $133,386
Est. Range
13 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Oro Chiaro with black roof panel over beige and black leather. 2,927-cc, 255-hp V-8; 5-speed manual. Four dual-choke Weber carburetors, 5-spoke Cromodora alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, power antenna but no radio, no spare wheel/tire, power windows, Borletti air conditioning, rectangular driving lights.

Evaluation: Represented as the original engine and gearbox, 37,799 km from new, known history. Good repaint with small cracks and chips, cracked hood badge and roof panel seal. Sound original upholstery and carpets. Clean original engine compartment showing age. Ferrari Classiche certified. Not pristine, but surprisingly good for its age; however, there is no mention of service history.

Bottom Line: Yes, the color is rare and the kilometerage is low, but that is no reason for it to bring this much money—at least 50 percent more than it might have brought on a very good day. 308s have been coming back in value recently, but this is a curve-setting price that defies logic. From the “Gold Collection”, a no reserve group of five similarly-liveried cars (Jensen, two 911’s and two Ferraris), this is the sole example that broke the bank.

by Rick Carey
19 February 2021
1979 Ferrari 308 GTS
1979 Ferrari 308 GTS
1979 Ferrari 308 GTS
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