The 1960s and 1970s were a good time for Italian car designer Marcello Gandini. He designed the remarkable Italian classics such as the Lamborghini Miura, Alfa Romeo Montreal, Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Countach. In 1973, Ferrari introduced the Dino 308 GT4, which was intended to replace the Dino 246 GT and GTS models. Compared to its predecessors, the Ferrari 308 was completely different, and instead of Pininfarina, it was Gandini, who moved to work for Bertone and was now responsible for design.
In place of the 2.4 liter V6 of its predecessor Dino 246, the new 308 had a transversely mounted 2.9 liter V8 engine in the middle. Even though the engine was located in the middle, there was still room for 2+2 seats in the back. The V8 engine was paired with a five-speed manual transmission with an H diagram.
In 1975, Ferrari introduced the 208 GT4 aimed specifically at the Italian market. The car was identical to the Dino 308 GT 4, but the displacement of the V8 had been reduced to two liters. The change was made by reducing the cylinder bore, while the stroke length remained the same. By 1980, Ferrari produced a total of approximately 3,500 308 and 208 models. Of these, only 840 were 208 GT4 models, of which 47 were produced in 1979.
The car in question is a 1979 Dino 208 GT 4, which was sold new from the Florentine Concessionaria Campagnano Automobili -Ferrari dealer on June 15, 1979. The original warranty and owner transfer sheet has been also preserved. The car has only had two owners in Italy, and the car had only been driven 52 thousand kilometers when the Finnish classic car enthusiast T.Vilagi brought the car to Finland in 2019.
Blu Sera colored Dino 208 GT 4 has been preserved in really exceptionally original condition. Both the paint and the interior are in their original and unrestored, beautifully patinated condition. The car’s rare equipment includes, for example, cream-colored leather upholstery, while the majority of 208s are upholstered in different shades of plush material. A special equipment customized by the factory are also the metallic air dam scoops on the engine cover. A rare factory accessory is also Ferrari’s own anti-theft alarm system.
All of the car’s original documents are still on file and include Ferrari’s Workshop Manual, service and warranty book, list of Ferrari service organizations and spare parts book. The original spare keys, spare tire and the tools are also preserved in right places.
The car has been serviced until 1983 at the Florentine Ferrari dealer that sold the car as new. The V8 engine of the Dino has been opened and overhauled in Italy by the previous owner, a Ferrari specialist, at about 50,000 kilometers, according to the previous owner. In Finland, the car has also been serviced by garage specializing in Ferraris, and the services have been documented. The last major maintenance, including timing belt replacement, was done in 2021.
The engine runs smoothly and the four Webers are perfectly adjusted. The engine does not smoke at all, neither cold nor hot. The raw and humble power is still there and the engine both torques and revs wonderfully. The gearbox is accurate without any extra noises. Weighing only 1305 kilograms, the car is very precise and sensitive to drive.
The car is located in Helsinki, 25 minutes from Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Views by appointment only.
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