This rare beauty is a Ferrari Dino 308 GT 4. It was built in 1975 for the US market and was shipped to Germany as early as 1993, where it is reported to have gone through three ownerships.
Over the course of the last decade, the car has verifiably covered no more than 7,200 km. The total mileage, which according to the odometer amounts to a mere 27,300 kilometres, cannot be vouched for, yet appears plausible with the overall good condition of this car in mind.
Inside and out, this Dino is a pleasure to behold: The red paint is good, the Cromodora alloys without noticeable kerb damage, the dashboard intact, the black headliner clean and the bi-colour (red/black) leather interior in near-excellent shape with only slight traces of use.
According to the consignor, the clutch was renewed at 24,800 mls. In September 2015, the Ferrari has been serviced and a new timing belt installed, so the new owner won’t have to worry about these two potential weak spots. The engine compartment which houses the robust and rev-happy quad-carburettor V8 engine with a power output of 174 kW (237 hp) looks authentic, not high-gloss polished, but well maintained. And of course the Dino features the slotted gate 5-speed gearshift, a Ferrari specialty.
The Ferrari has already been registered as a historic vehicle in Germany. It has recently been valued by Classic Data at € 85,000 (condition 2).
It was an unwritten law: Bodywork styling for a Ferrari traditionally had to come from Pininfarina. Why Enzo Ferrari decided to commission their archrival Bertone with the design for the Dino 308 GT4 is not known, but Pininfarina is said to have been very upset. Bertone came up with a styling which was very different indeed, and controversial at the time: It featured pronounced angular lines not seen on a Ferrari before.
The 2+2 seater Dino 308 – named after Enzo’s son who had died young – was presented in 1974 and remained in production until 1980. The Ferrari badge was only added in 1976, earlier models were sold under the Dino brand name. A total of 2.826 units were built.
The 308 GT4 was the first production Ferrari with a V8 engine, which delivered 190 kW (255 hp) from 3 litres of displacement. As cars above 2 litres of displacement were subjected to high taxes in Italy, Ferrari in 1975 came up with the 208 GT4, featuring a 2.0 litre V8, the smallest production V8 in history, which was still sporty with 127 kW (170 hp) of power. Of this car, only 840 units were built.