Along with the coupe version revealed in 1980, Ferrari also revealed a targa-roof version for the 208 GTB. Built especially for the Italian market, the 208 GTS remained into production until 1982 as its coupe brother, with 140 units produced, in only left drive version.
Designed by Pininfarina, the 208 GTS featured a pronounced wedge profile, with a rectangular egg-crate aluminium radiator grille below a slim full width satin black front bumper. A square section indent line ran along each body side between the front and rear bumpers, which was finished in satin black whatever the main body color. The doors featured scalloped intakes to the engine bay, the right one feeding the carburettor filter box, and the left one the oil cooler.
On the 208 GTS the rear quarter windows behind the doors were hidden behind hinged louvre panels, the left one giving access to the fuel filler cap. The only visual difference between the 208 GTS and the 208 GTB, was the black grained finish removable roof panel of the former, which was stowed in a cover behind the seats when not in place. At the rear there were twin circular light assemblies on the vertical recessed tail panel.
A single piece lid hinged at the roof covered the engine bay and boot, and the vertical concave rear screen was bounded by buttressed sail panels. Options available were wider 7.5” rims, air conditioning, a radio, a deeper front spoiler, plus Michelin TRX or Pirelli P Zero tyres on special rims.
On the interior, the 208 GTS also featured a pair of leather trimmed bucket seats, whilst the main instruments were contained in a hooded nacelle in front of the driver, who was provided with a three spoke leather rimmed steering wheel. The clock and oil temperature gauge were mounted in a separate panel on the lower left edge of the dashboard. The gear lever in an open gate was mounted in the driver’s side of the center console, which also contained ancillary switchgear, the handbrake and an ashtray.
The engine was the same with the 208 GTB: a 1991cc V8 engine, in 90 degree configuration that delivered 155bhp at 6800rpm and was mated to a all synchromesh five speed transmission assembly.