Ferrari 308 GTB 1977

Rosso Rubino 308 GTB

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Rosso Rubino

Since my daughter is named Ruby, I had to have this “Rosso Rubino” 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB. I was in Tacoma WA. last month for a car tour and to look at some cars that are for sale with my friend Branden. He located this super original, one owner 308 that just had a Major Service and tons of work to make it totally ready to go car. The car has all books, tools and lots of records signifying its single (careful) ownership status.

At first glance, the car doesn’t impress, but as you poke your head into the corners and hidden areas you can see how immaculate and totally rust free this thing is. The engine is so clean and leak free that it looks like it just rolled out of the factory, and the tray under the radiator, the undercarriage, above the muffler… all immaculate.

One of my favorite details is the interior, it is so clean and has that unique smell that is so specific to 308 GTB’s, I don’t think the GTS’ smell the same!  I have a very keen sense of smell so sitting in this car brings me back to my youth when I was first around 308′s way way back in the mid 80′s! We had a few very low miles 308′s in the shop back then and I distinctly remember the smell of the leather, the carpeting and whatever else made that vapor cocktail.

Original Interior Ferrari 308

Ferrari 308 GTB Interior Original

Engine Ferrari 308 GTB

1977 Ferrari 308 Engine



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  1. John Burtis said,

    July 20, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    I can certainly understand your use of smell to distinguish a vehicle. When I lived in Los Angeles I began my Porsche saga after my Volkswagen interlude. And I can still recall that certain hot metallic, heated oil, dressed leather, Monza burble from that 911 Targa. The smell lingers today even though I drive a more neutral Range Rover Vogue edition. Smell is our strongest sense in remembrance. And I recall the local fire station of my youth, where my father served, and my grand dad was chief, whenever I smell that certain mixture of stale cigars, mildew, wet cotton hose, warm engines, gasoline, and worn leather. I agree with you and how I love it all. From the ’52 American LaFrance Custom, to my Porsches, to my Range Rovers.

  2. admin said,

    July 21, 2013 @ 7:48 am


    Thanks for the great comment on our sense of smell, maybe I need to do another post on smell! What a story that would be about the fire station experience when you were a kid, its those natural fibers like wood and the cotton hose that retain the best smells. There is a ’67 VW Bug in West Virginia that I really want, 3000 original miles, totally solid and clean but most importantly, it smells like a VW with that horse hair stuffing and the odd smell of the vinyl that was used on the interior.
    No matter how many times a Ferrari V-12 was overhauled or the paint used on the castings, what oil was used in the crank case, they have a distinct smell when hot and make the garage smell great!
    THanks again John for talking about one of my favorite subjects!

  3. Scott Rieley said,

    August 29, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    I had the opportunity to drive this car a week ago. As an owner of a ’79 GTS and lately a QV, this is the best driving 308 I have ever piloted. The transmission doesn’t display the normal “notchiness” that seems to be inherent in many cars. The suspension is tight and the steering responsive. The engine is incredibly powerful with immediate throttle response. If you are in the market for a GTB check this car out.

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