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An order was placed by the then Ferrari agents for Scotland, Ritchies of Glasgow, on 13th January 1983 with Maranello Concessioanires Ltd-F461.This order was in turn placed with the factory on 21st April 1983 by Maranello Concessionaires managing director Sean Bealey. The car entered production on Wednesday 25th May 1983 and completed five weeks later on Thursday 30th June, and invoiced by the factory on 4th July Finished in Rosso Corsa with full crema hide piped in rosso and with dark red carpets. The car was specified with air conditioning and a deep front spoiler. Upon completion the car was transported to Maranello Concessionaires Ltd in Egham Surrey (one of just 74 GTB QV’s of which 40 remain, just 30 in red) and in turn to Scottish Ferrari agents, Ritchies of Glasgow, where it was first registered GON 1 on Monday 22nd August 1983 to 34-year-old chartered accountant, Mr N H of Cambridgeshire. The then list price (January 1983) of £24,997.64 plus delivery charges, number plates and road tax and was further added to with air conditioning £946.83 and a deep front spoiler £267.86
The car passed through the ownership of Mr I J McL of Yorkshire probably through Maranello Concessioanires, as it was now registered on the Surrey number A272 HPG, and city banker Mr S T of London, in January 1989 who registered the car SYT 12.
The car moved to Guernsey where it was registered 11977 on 1st March 1995 before being sold to an owner in Jersey on 17th October 2003. It was sold to Mr A F of Jersey on 20th November 2012 with 50,150 miles noted on the registration form, where it was registered J5897.
The last owner, Company Director and multi Ferrari owner, Mr R M of Derbyshire, who bought the car from specialist Tim Walker on 3rd June 2016 with 51,700 miles. Maintenance has been carried out by the South West Ferrari agents, Carrs of Exeter, who also overhauled the gearbox in 2016.
The car is complete with its factory original service book as well as a wealth of past invoices
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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