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Ferrari 308

The 308 is a  perfect embodiment of the 1970’s. The car had the slick angular style and aggressive attitude . Although the car was very popular very few variations were made in comparison to other Ferraris; the few variations that were made were quite interesting.
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In  1975  the 308 was shown at the Paris motor show and soon after was released for production with two distinct variations – GTB and GTS. It has a tube frame with a separate body. Both cars are very much mechanically similar. They had a V8 with twin overhead camshaft which was transversely mounted with the transaxle transmission. it had single coil ignition system. They had a synchromesh 5 speed manual transmission with a limited slip differential clutch.  The suspension was all independent, coaxial coil springs, double wishbones,  hydraulic dampers, and with anti-roll bars. The design was by the famed Pinifarina.
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The GTB differed greatly in the body material in that it was made of glass-reinforced plastic. Which made it much lighter that the steal body of the GTS.  The performance of the GTB was 0-100 in 15 seconds and a top speed of 159 miles per hour.
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Other variations in clue the  308 GTBi/GTSi the 308 quattrovalvole and the 288 GTO which was introduced towards the end of the production . The 288 is considered to be ferraris first super car and most of the design was borrowed from the 308. It was turbocharded and had a bigger spoiler along with other modifications.  There was also the 208 GTB and GTS, although they were mainly sold in italy and never quite made it to the us.