Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ferrari Dino 308 GT4

Executive Summary By: Dennis Dater 

The Ferrari 308GT4 was manufactured from 1973 to 1980 and approximately 2,826 car were produced. The body was designed by the Bertone company rather than the Pinifarina design firm. In hindsight Bertone did a very good job in the space they had to work with, but many considered the car a second rate model rather than a true Ferrari sports car.

It produced 255 bph and was considered a very fast car for its time with a top speed of 154 mph in European trim. The interior was leather and vinyl with a strange driving position for the typical American driver. Handling, because of the mid engine position, was outstanding, and if you could get around the unusual shape you really had a Ferrari. Initially sold as a Dino rather than a Ferrari, the car was renamed and rebadged in 1976 in an attempt by the factory to raise the status of the car, and to sell more of them. While not accepted as a "true" Ferrari when introduced, it is now considered one of the best Ferrari cars ever produced. Not one of the "classics" that fetch multi millions of dollars at auction, but a solid car for the enthusiast who wants their first Ferrari.

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