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Maranello Concessionaires Ltd’s order number F/470 entered production-factory order number 3588- on Tuesday 8th November 1983 and was completed 17 days later on Friday 25th November. Finished in the classic Ferrari Rosso Corsa (Fer 300/6) with full beige hide VM 3217 and castoro (beaver)coloured carpets. Additionally, optioned with air conditioning and a deep front spoiler. Upon completion the car was transported to the UK by truck -one of just 72 officially imported and of which only 40 remain, taxed or SORN’d- and in turn to the Maranello Sales on Egham by pass, for their customer 45-year-old estate agent Mr G C of Berkshire, where it was first registered A983 CPL on 1st January 1984.The then list price was £26,181.35 plus delivery charges, number plates and road tax ,whilst the air conditioning added £946.83 and the deep front spoiler 267.86. It appears that Mr C changed address, notifying the DVLA on 20th January 1984, and who treated the change of address as a new keeper!
Purchased on 27th September 1985 by 43-year company director, Mr B K of North London who bought the car with 14,00 miles from the then West London specialists, Colin Grant International. The car was re -registered to 41-year-old Mr V K of London W14 on 14th August 1990, who appears to be a relative of B and who were both certainly directors of the same company, M E Ltd. The car had now covered 22,016 miles.
The car was next re-registered to Mr K company, M Ltd of London on 25th February 1991.Invoicing from Maranello Sales was still made out to B K at the same address as M Ltd in November 1996.
Purchased by Mr M D of West Sussex who bought the car from Dorset Ferrari specialist Dave Miller of Forza 288(who appears to have bought the car from |Maranello Sales were Mr K traded it in)with 44,714 miles, following a road test and report by Rardley Motors on the 8th September 1998.Mr D expressed interest in buying the car again when contacted in December 2000 to verify the cars past history.
The seventh registered keeper and penultimate owner was 51-year-old company director and management consultant Mr S B of Berkshire who bought the car from myself and Surrey Ferrari specialist, Talacrest Ltd in January 1999 with 46,020 miles.
Purchased by the last owner Mr A C of Yorkshire on the 19th February 2001 with 48,340 miles from Surrey Ferrari specialists, Talacrest
The car is complete with its factory replacement service book-with a copy of the original warranty card-, original handbook, wallet a huge file of past invoices and details 21 Mots’. ven both sets of original keys. It has effectively had five owners from new-due to DVLA mistakes and being re-registered to a company and relative three additional owners show, all back up by copies of the registration documents from the DVLA and which is no longer available due to GDPR rules.
The transition from carburettor to fuel injection and the introduction of new anti-pollution laws all had a sizeable impact on the power of the 308 GTBi compared to its predecessor, the 308 GTB. Research to remedy this situation was quickly undertaken and soon showed that four valves per cylinder offered the optimal solution. This innovation saw the engine make up its lost horsepower and the car regain position as the reference point in its category.
The 308 GTB Quattrovalvole succeeded the 308 GTBi, and was presented at the 1982 Paris Salon. The Quattrovalvole part of the model name referred to the four valves per cylinder heads on the engine, which provided increased power over the preceding model.
Visually the new model was very similar to the outgoing one, but could be recognised by the addition of a slim louvre panel in the front lid to aid radiator exhaust air exit, paired electrically operated door mirrors with a small enamel Ferrari badge on the shell, a revised radiator grille with rectangular driving lights at the extremities, and rectangular (instead of round) side repeater lights. The interior also received some minor alterations, and cloth seat centres became available as an option to the standard full leather, whilst the leather rim satin black three spoke steering wheel featured a triangulated section around the horn push. As with the preceding series’ of 308 models, USA market cars could be identified by heavier bumper assemblies, and rectangular side marker lights on the wings. Options available were metallic paint, a deep front spoiler, air conditioning, wider wheels, 16″ Speedline wheels with Pirelli P7 tyres, and a rear of roof satin black finished aerofoil (standard on Japanese market models).
ENGINE AND CHASSIS
The V8 engine was essentially of the same design as that used in the 308 GTBi model, apart from the four valves per cylinder heads. It was of a 90 degree configuration, with belt driven twin overhead camshafts per bank, having a total capacity of 2926cc, with a bore and stroke of 81mm x 71mm, with wet sump lubrication, bearing factory type reference F 105 AB 000 for European market cars. The claimed power output for main market European cars was 240bhp at 7000rpm, and 235bhp at 6800rpm for US market variants. The engine was transversely mounted in unit with the all synchromesh five speed transmission assembly, which was below, and to the rear of the engine’s sump. The gear and final drive ratios were altered to suit the revised characteristics of the four valves per cylinder engine. It was fitted with a Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection system, coupled to a Marelli MED 803A Digiplex electronic ignition system, incorporating a coil, distributor and ignition module to serve each bank of cylinders. All US market examples were fitted with catalytic convertors.
The main European market 308 GTB Quattrovalvole models had a tubular chassis with factory type reference F 105 GB 100, Disc brakes, with independent suspension via wishbones, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, were provided all round, with front and rear anti roll bars. All models were numbered in the Ferrari odd number road car chassis sequence of the time, with right and left hand drive available. The model was produced in a total of 748 examples between 1982 and 1985 in the chassis number range 42809 to 59071.
Taken from Ferrari’s own website.
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