New Zealand Classic Car - - Editor's Pick -

he 308 was Fer­rari’s first foray into what would be­come quite a suc­cess­ful recipe for it, the mid-en­gined V8 set-up. Ini­tially re­leased as a Dino to avoid con­fu­sion be­tween V8 and V12 cars (to some con­fu­sion for po­ten­tial buy­ers at the time), the 308 and 208 were re­branded Fer­rari in 1976. The Dino has lan­guished some­what in com­par­i­son to other clas­sic Ital­ian stal­lions, so we’d sug­gest now might be a good time to get on the horse, so to speak.

Harry Rogers bought this Fer­rari 308 GT4 in 2011 from an old school friend who knew it would be right up Harry’s al­ley. The 308 has been all around New Zealand dur­ing his own­er­ship, in­clud­ing to the South Is­land for two sum­mer road trips since the lug­gage space and rear seat al­most make the 308 a prac­ti­cal car. At 1.9 me­tres tall, Harry com­fort­ably fits in the driver’s seat, some­thing he says isn’t true of the V12 cars of the same era.

Harry has loved own­ing the 308, and has en­joyed its odd­ball na­ture, given its Dino her­itage and Ber­tone styling — it was the first Fer­rari to step away from Pin­in­fa­rina.

How­ever, other projects are now tak­ing pri­or­ity, so Harry’s de­cided it’s time to move the car on to some­one else.

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