The 308 GTS Quattrovalvole is arguably one of the most popular cars Ferrari ever built. It was the first Ferrari to use four valves – quattro valvole – per cylinder, for example, and because of its mid-engined layout, it handled far better than many of its more expensive brethren. The design was also influenced by the ‘almost Ferrari’ Dino 246, named in honour of old man Enzo’s late son. Yes, the 308 GTS did make one or two (dozen) appearances in Magnum P. I., but let’s not get too bogged down with that.
Like most of the Scuderia flock, the looks of the 308 GTS were its main talking point. Sharp lines and pronounced air intakes were a marked contrast to the angular delicacy of Ferraris that had come before it, the Dino 246 GT iteration aside. It was this no-nonsense approach that gave the Quattrovalvole presence.
A bit like Thomas Sullivan Magn…[no, hang on, don’t mention that].
But then, as the new F12berlinetta and FF have demonstrated, Ferrari enjoy pushing the boundaries. Though first showcased by Porsche and Triumph in the early sixties on the 911 Targa and TR4, the targa-topped roof was still somewhat radical when it appeared on the 308 GTS in 1977.
You certainly wouldn’t expect to see it on the streets of Hawai…er, out and about.
And this being a Ferrari, it had the performance to match. Its V8 produced 240hp – well this was the eighties – and could still hit 250+kph even with with a double digit 0-100kph time. That was still fast enough to ruffle your moustac…I mean, mullet.
Even though less than a thousand GTS Quattrovalvoles rolled out the Maranello gates, the Ferrari proved so popular that a homologonised version was recognizable within the 288 GTO, the Scuderia’s first new supercar for nearly two decades when it debuted in 1984.
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