NOW SOLD! Congratulations Michael, heading to Houston!
Whereas the Bugeye driving experience is spirited and cute, driving this car is erotic. From the moment you get into this Ferrari, it’s all sex all the time. You don’t sit in it, you go to bed with it, by practically laying down in sumptuous leather seats.
You know me as a British car guy, and while most of the cars I love are quite sexual and fluid on the outside, this car greets you with an amazing tactile array of pleasures throughout the entire vehicle. All the angles, slats and vents are initially a bit jarring, but when you drive the thing, they suddenly become very interesting details you can’t help but explore. It’s a car that I would have easily hated, had I not bought one and fallen in love. Here’s my first real drive in the car:
I got this 1985 308 GTS QV from a collector I know who sold us five of his cool cars, including this one. I was never a Tom Selleck fan, and my previous Ferrari lust was for the 246, 275, and 330, all of which were in Luigi Chinetti’s Greenwich showroom for me to drool on when I was a kid. So the 308 was always a bit of a weird 70/80s mash up to me. Until this one came into my stable. Enzo, I was wrong.
I am impressed by the mid engine balance, the wonderful engine noise, the light, tight and direct steering and the way the body curves in distinctly Italian ways. This is a car you wear like a perfect pair of leather loafers. It clings to you.
It’s the first car I have had for a long time that I just want to sit in. It doesn’t have to be running. It’s a pleasure just to spend a few minutes in this supple cave. Unlike all modern cars that seem so alike, this is a car with a huge personality. Like a Bugeye. Only different. Very different.
This particular example is from the final year of the 308 series. 1986 saw the introduction of the 348. Roughly 3000 QVs like this one were built. This car has just 22,815 miles and was recently treated to a major belt service. It is ready to go and I am going to move this one on to a new home, to make more room for the next love object.
I feel strongly that this will be a $100k car in the not too distant future, particularly with many older Ferraris going for millions and continuing to prove their investment superiority not just in the classic car market but in all asset classes. This 308 may not be as rare or exotic, but as an entry point into the world of these wonderful exotics, this car’s value has to rise. This is an interesting place to park $50k for a while, and while older Ferrari auction prices continue to break records, those more rare cars will pull this one up with it. Check out the original window sticker! New price in 1985 dollars, $60,370!
This 308 is worth serious consideration as a wonderful collectors car. I’ll be back soon with another British car post!