Ground-breaking in many ways, the Ferrari 308 GT4 was (for Ferrari) the first production model 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 (rather than Pininfarina) designed bodywork.
Sporting angular lines entirely different from its curvaceous 2-seater brother, the Dino 246, and was controversial at the time compared by some to the Bertone-designed Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Urraco, also penned by Marcello Gandini. 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.
A RHD UK supplied car, we came across this example as a barn find non-runner.
The car was stripped and comprehensively assessed before work began. We then stripped and powder coated the suspension – re-bushed and re-assembled.
The engine was fully refreshed – After being removed we cleaned, re-sealed, leak-down checked and compression tested the unit. We also removed and re-sealed the cam-cover replaced all perishable parts ahead of careful reassembly and installation into the restored car.
The team carried out a sympathetic (saved the original interior) restoration of the interior to preserve the patina as per the owner’s request and found and fitted an original replacement sunroof.
The wheels were shot blasted and chromated to original factory condition.