Wed, 16th Mar 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 14

1981 Ferrari 308 GTB
35,000 miles and just 2 former keepers from new

Sold for £52,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: KPL 572W
Chassis No: 29909
MOT: Exempt

  • 1 of just 211 right-hand drive examples made and 35,154 miles from new
  • Just 2 former keepers and current lady ownership since 2010
  • Previously owned by Terry Curtis of Thunderbirds fame
  • Offered with owners wallet, handbook and service book
  • Subject to a belt service last year

With its stunning and shapely Pininfarina-designed body, styled by Leonardo Fioravanti, and mid-mounted 2926cc quad-cam V8 fed originally by four Weber DCNF 40 carburettors, the Ferrari 308 has rightly become a significant collector's car. Pininfarina had already penned such eternal classics as the Daytona, Dino and Berlinetta Boxer. The 308 GTB was Ferrari's replacement for the immortal Dino 246 GT and made its debut at the 1975 Paris Salon 1975. The very earliest Ferrari 308s were built with fibreglass bodies, however, manufacturing quality issues meant that Ferrari quickly changed to steel in 1977. In 1980, the carburetted engine was replaced by a Bosch fuel-injected version for the sake of reduced emissions, however, the change left the revised unit short of power. Made famous by the TV series ‘Magnum PI’, the 308 has matured into a collectors' favourite. When Maranello stopped production of the 308 in 1988, it had become the most popular Ferrari.

Being one of just 211 right-hand drive versions, this 308 GTB is showing a low 35,154 miles from new. With only two former keepers, 'KPL 572W' was once owned by the 'Thunderbirds' TV series puppet maker Terry Curtis and has been in current lady ownership since 2010. It is nice to see the old 'Maranello' dealer plates still adorn the car. Certainly, this is an opportunity to bring an example of the beautiful 308 GTB back to its former glory. Externally there is some work required to repair the front air dam and bring the Rosso Corsa paint back to life, for example. Inside the dash binnacle requires some attention in order to realise its full potential. Offered with V5c, owners wallet, handbook and service book plus invoices dating back to the 1980's and some old MOT certificates. A belt service was carried out in 2021.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Wed, 16th Mar 2022

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Tuesday 15th March 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
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