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1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina

The earliest and purest 308 models were constructed with GRP body panels and featured a dry sump engine. Referred to as the Vetroresina model, only 712 were built, of which only 154 were produced in right hand drive. This UK supplied example is one of the finest, it has covered just 38,000 miles in the hands of four owners and is in extremely good totally original and unmodified order throughout with full history, all books, tools and keys.

The car was ordered new on the 16th September 1975, with Ferrari confirming receipt of the order from Maranello Concessionaires on the 29th October that year. The first owner, a Mr Phillips, specified the special order colour, Branco Polo Park with dark blue leather interior, he also specified most available options including tinted glass, heated rear window, air conditioning, electric windows, leather interior and Phillips radio with loudspeakers and electric aerial.

Delivery was due in March 1976, however this was delayed, the car finally being registered on the 16th August 1976. It was supplied through Ferrari dealer Colmore Depot Ltd, based in Birmingham, close to where the original owner lived. Mr Phillips kept the Ferrari for a couple of years and returned it to Colmore for maintenance.

On the 12th July 1978 the car was purchased by Mr Nigel Wooddisse, based again in the Midlands. A real car and motorsport fanatic, he clearly bonded strongly with the 308 as it remained in his family's possession until 2012. During his ownership the Ferrari received little use, an MOT on file from 1980 indicating a mileage of 34,000 miles and subsequent MOT certificates indicate little change. The car was clearly very carefully stored, this being the only explanation for its extraordinary state of preservation.

In 2012 the 308 joined a significant private English collection featuring only the finest original low mileage cars. Following purchase it was carefully checked and fully serviced by a well-respected marque specialist who had known and worked on the car for the previous owner over many years. Few dry summer miles were covered in this ownership until we purchased the car in 2013.

The 308 sold quickly, joining the collection of well-known motoring enthusiast and writer, Mr Harry Metcalfe. He enjoyed the car during the summer of 2013, indeed it appeared at a number of car events including being a much admired entrant in the Salon Prive Concours that year. He covered about 1,500 miles, taking the total to 38,000 miles, he had a full service with belt change completed by that same marque specialist who has dealt with the car for most of its life. Additional maintenance was carried out by Ferrari specialist Bob Houghton, this all being detailed in invoicing on file.

We repurchased the 308 towards the end of 2013 since when it has remained with us in our storage facility. It remains in very good completely original order throughout, making it a very rare example indeed, even the wheels retain their original Campagnolo factory stickers and the number plates are those fitted when the car was new. The car is currently undergoing a full inspection, major service and belt change with any areas requiring attention being addressed. It comes with the above mentioned history file detailing maintenance, ownership detail and MOT certificates, original books and even the radio instruction book in the original leather wallet, tools, unused spare wheel and keys.

This lovey 308 furthers the argument for the superiority of low mileage original cars. Every detail is authentic and delightful, working exactly as it did when new. The driving experience is special with a tightness of feel and fluency that no restoration seems able to quite emulat