Rare and Desirable Introductory-Year 308 GTB; 1 of 712 Fiberglass Examples & Only 100 Imported to North America; Well-Maintained Example of the Rare US-Specified, Fiberglass-Bodied Model; Includes Extensive Service and Restoration File with $60,000 Invested; Complete with Owner’s Manual, Literature, Tools, Jack & Emergency Accessories; A Beautiful and Turn-Key Ready Vetroresina Exhibiting Excellent Road Manners
Introduced in 1976, the Ferrari 308 GTB revolutionized the marque’s mid-engine model line with a new V-8 engine and updated coachwork. The first 712 examples were clothed in fiberglass before Ferrari switched to steel bodies, making the earlier examples particularly desirable. Chassis 19521 is one of just 100 examples specified for the US, completing assembly during June 1976.
The car displays an original California emissions window decal, leading us to believe that is where it began its journey in life. It is said the Ferrari was initially purchased by a Seattle-based enthusiast and relocated back to California during the early 1990s. By 2012, in was in the care of Mr. J.T. Murphy of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in which he again returned 19521 to California in 2014 for a documented service to the engine, ignition, fuel systems and auxiliary equipment. Acquired by its most recent caretaker shortly thereafter, the Ferrari was entrusted to Francorchamps of America Inc. in Costa Mesa, California, for further and thorough sorting, including a rebuild of the radiator, air-conditioning, carburetors, brakes, and the steering rack. Interior Concepts and Designs reupholstered the seats with supple beige leather with black inserts, while numerous other finishing measures were undertaken, including the reconditioning of the dashboard, steering wheel and instruments. Ferrari & Maserati of Newport Beach was commissioned to perform its most recent Major Belt Service in June 2014 or about 625 miles ago. Rex Nguyen Restorations completed a further comprehensive cosmetic freshening in 2016 to increase the Ferrari’s overall presence and subsequently Pebble Beach winner Jeff’s Ressurections in Taylor, TX.
Today, with 59,750 recorded miles, 19521 presents as the ideal driver’s 308 and/or casual display piece. The Ferrari’s cabin is beautifully trimmed throughout, with the benefit of air conditioning (cool, not cold), period Blaupunkt radio and supplemental sisal mats. Both front and rear compartments retain working zippered stowage with correct spare tire assembly up front and a complete set of emergency equipment in the luggage compartment. This includes tool roll, triangle, jack, wrenches, tires iron, belts, fuse/bulb holder and additional accessories in correct pouch. The exterior’s appearance is glossy with some cues of age, visible upon closer inspection. Correct, original 7.5×14″ Campagnolo wheels pleasantly compliment, especially paired to the newly mounted 205/70R14 Michelin XWX tires. The GTB’s drivability is topnotch – these early 308s have a sound and peppiness unlike any of the later generations. Truly a memorable experience!
In addition to a complete dossier of invoices from the aforementioned services and restoration work (totaling approximately $60,000.00), 19521 is accompanied by a spare parts catalog and numerous articles / publications supporting this particular model. This fantastic, first-year 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB ‘Vetroresina’ is one of the finest examples we have had in our stable and offers the superb cachet of one of the marque’s rare modern production models â now available for worldwide purchase and delivery from our Houston, Texas showroom.
Report by driversource.com