Foskers are delighted to offer this superb Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole (QV), delivered new to Lancaster, Colchester in April 1985 by Ferrari SpA Maranello, Italy.
Ferrari attended the 1982 Paris Motor Show with the 308 GTS Quattrovalvole, which, as its name suggests, featured four valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts and the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system. A few styling updates accompanied the engine-room modifications. Improved airflow came via a reworked front facia, while function and form came together with a new steering-wheel design and power-adjustable Ferrari-branded exterior mirrors. The QV model was offered in fixed roof GTB and targa-style GTS with a removable black vinyl roof section over the passenger compartment. Whereas the GTB had a semi-louvered rear three quarter window the GTS window was fully louvered. Most customers at launch opted for the open GTS version. Production began in 1982 and ended in 1985, with around circa 233 in right hand drive form only. The only update came in January 1984 when Zincrox coating was applied to the steel panels for better rust protection. Regarded today as an iconic design with coachwork by Pininfarina - the model is now recognised as a future classic.
This spectacular example a factory right hand drive UK car is finished in the desirable Rosso Corsa with Crema leather interior, It’s history file contains numerous invoices showing maintenance dating back to the ‘80’s, as well as MOT certificates.
The original service book displays the chassis number and supplying dealer Lancaster with warranty card, delivery date 16/04/85 and first service completed 10/5/85. There are multiple stamps in the book and a comprehensive history file of works displaying evidence of services and clutch/timing belt replacements carried out by Ferrari main agents and reputable specialists at 6,250 miles, 12,767, 17,007, 20,218, 28,135, 29,600, 35,791, 36,600, 38,585, 40,321, 43,353, 43,889 and 43,904 miles. Numerous MOT certificates are present corroborating the 43,915 miles on the odometer today.
Unlike many other 308s available today, as the photos show the bodywork is in wonderful condition with impressive shut lines/panel gaps and the Rosso paint showcases the car's curves perfectly. All of the interior - seats, facia, dashboard, door cards are in very good condition with little or no sign of wear. Switchgear and electrical items work correctly without fault.
The V8 engine feels strong and revs freely throughout the range providing a thrilling drive with an enticing soundtrack, of note is the engine bay that is in very clean order. QV engines are identifiable by its crackle red intake box finished with Ferrari Quattrovalvole script. The gated gear lever is a feature on this model, new gear ratios were fitted to this version and it moves the selector through the gears shifting up and down effortlessly. Out on the open road this example is a real pleasure to drive, its handling is exactly what you expect from a QV - nimble, precise and the exhaust note makes a truly great sound!
This Ferrari is offered with tool roll, complete set of original books bound within the wallet and 2 sets of keys. It will come with a fresh service, cam-belts renewed and MOT for the new owner to enjoy.
The 308 Quattrovalvole ushered in driveability and build quality improvements to make it arguably the best 308 of all. Representing the final months of production for the 308 model and presented beautifully, this rare 1985 308 GTS illustrates a true quality Ferrari, it is the right specification to benefit as values rise and is without doubt one of the best UK RHD examples available today - not to be missed.
Available for viewing at our Brands Hatch Circuit showroom just outside London.