In 1975 Ferrari unveiled the 308 GTB at the Paris Auto Show. It was the long awaited replacement for the Dino 246 GT. It was designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti until 1985 when it was replaced by 328.
The Pininfarina designed body had a pronounced wedge profile, with a rectangular egg-crate aluminum radiator grille below a slim full width satin black front bumper. However, there were numerous key design elements of the Dino 246 GT carried through into the body details. These included the scalloped door intakes, twin circular rear light assemblies, and the vertical concave rear screen bounded by buttressed sail panels. In essence the shape was a modernization of that of the Dino, with enough traces of its predecessor to provide a thread of continuity, earning praise from the press and clients alike.
One feature that was not immediately apparent, was that the 308 GTB was fitted with a totally fibreglass body, apart from the aluminum front lid. This was the first Ferrari production car to feature fibreglass as a body material, and in fact the idea has not been repeated by the company in large volume production.
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The European version model featured a tubular chassis, while both European and American versions got disc brakes, with independent suspension via wishbones, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, were provided all round, with front and rear anti roll bars.
The 308 GTB was powered by a 3,0 liter transversely mid-mounted aluminum V8 engine that developed 255bhp for European market models, and 240bhp for US market examples which were fitted with power sapping emission control equipment.