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Lot 37: 1977 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino

The Motorclassica Auction | 2016

by Theodore Bruce

October 22, 2016

Melbourne, Australia

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  • 1977 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino
  • 1977 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino
  • 1977 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino
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Description: 1977 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino
VIN No. 13384

Australian Delivered.

The Dino 308 GT4 and 208 GT4 were mid-engined V8 2+2 cars built by Ferrari. The Dino 308 GT4 was introduced in 1973 and supplemented by the 208 GT4 in 1975. The cars were sold with Dino badging until May 1976, when they received Ferrari badging.

The GT4 was the first production Ferrari to feature the mid-engined V8 layout that would become the bulk of the company's business in the succeeding decades, and was the first production Ferrari with Bertone designed bodywork. The styling featured angular lines entirely different from its curvaceous 2-seater brother, the Dino 246, and was controversial at the time. From the cockpit the driver sees only the road. It has perfect 360 degree visibility, no blind spots, upright and comfortable seating position, a real trunk, a back seat for soft luggage, and very easy engine access. Enzo Ferrari himself took a major role in its design, even having a mock-up made where he could sit in the car to test different steering, pedals and cockpit seating positioning.

The chassis was a tubular spaceframe based on the Dino 246, but was stretched for a 2,926.90 mm wheelbase to make room for the second row of seats.

The 3.0 L (2927 cc) V8 was mounted transversally integrally joined with the 5-speed transaxle gearbox. The engine had an aluminium alloy block and heads, 16-valves and dual overhead camshafts driven by toothed belts. The induction system used four Weber 40 DCNF carburetors.

The Dino 308 GT4 was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in November 1973. The 308 GT4 finally gained the "Prancing Horse" badge in May 1976, which replaced the Dino badges on the hood, wheels, rear panel and the steering wheel. Dino was Enzo Ferrari's son who died in 1956 and his name was considered to honor his memory on the models it was placed.

There were two series of GT4; the earlier cars featured a twin distributor engine and foglamps mounted in the front valance. Later cars had a single distributor engine, with foglamps mounted behind the front grille.

- Australia delivery.
- 67,280 km.
- Full history file.

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