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Motivating the car was a 2.9-litre aluminium V8, from the Dino line of engines. Initially, this V8 produced a respectable 252bhp on European-spec versions of the car, but this output would later be dropped, as we will discuss below. A gated, dogleg 5-speed manual translates that power to the wheels, while a double-wishbone independent suspension incorporated anti-roll bars on both axles to keep the car stable while cornering. Starting in 1977, 308 bodywork was switched from the original fiberglass design to a steel body, resulting in an increase of about 150 lbs to the kerb weight.
To many the 308 is the perfect Ferrari of all time. Timeless Pininfarina lines look just as good today, and this was the start of the hugely successful mid-engined V8 series that has today bought us the 488. It was also the basis of the mighty Ferrari F40. At the time it was a quick car, but compared to the cars of today it will be left for dust. But its not just about speed, because this was designed at a time when everything from the heating switch to the engine noise was special.
I used to dream of owning a 308, but admittedly now my preference is for other models. Its no reflection of the 308 though, but simply because other models suit me better. One thing for sure though, when I come to build a collection, the 308 will definitely occupy a parking spot in the garage.