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308 carbs or QV?

All being well (i.e. continued employment and health), I hope to buy a 308 GTS in time for Spring/Summer next year.

I was thinking I'd like an easier driving alternative to my Boxer, but it is also about giving in to that thing about the car you had on a poster on your bedroom wall as a teenage boy. Mine was a 308 QV.

I want to try a GTS, thinking of summer motoring, potentially in Europe.

I'm pretty convinced I want early or late, carbs or QV, but I'm not sure which. I like the simpler lines of the earlier cars, but I'll be honest and say I also like the more aggressive look of the later ones. I like my carb'd Boxer, but I'd like to try an injected car. I presume the later cars were better developed etc.

Any thoughts (educated and informed or otherwise) welcome

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Not much difference in the looks of the QV vs the carbed 308s with the same options, except for the vents in the front cover on the QV. 16" wheels were optional on the 308, as were the 7.5" wide, 15" wheels that became stock on the GTBi/GTSi, plus the deep front spoiler was optional in Europe, as was a four pipe exhaust. HP ratings for the early 308s in Europe with no air pumps were about the same as for the QV. All the 308s are now exempt from DOT/EPA, so take your choice of US or Euro spec. Here is a listing of the options in the UK/Europe with UK prices from 1979.
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You lucky boy. I have the GT4 and still lust after a GTS in the garage (on a lift directly above the GT4 )

Have a read of this, might be of some help http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/pr...ing-308-a.html

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My vote would definitely be for a carb 308. There is something wonderful about the sound of that engine on a cool spring morning run.
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Taz - Wow! Thanks. I may frame that. 512 BB and 308 GTS on the same sheet and....maybe....one day soon.....in the same garage

Barry - Yes I have also reached the build another garage or buy a lift crisis point. I'm leaning towards the lift. Have you looked into it?

Boxer - I think I probably do lean towards the carbs. Feels a bit more "right". Having said that, exactly how many different fuel injection systems do you currently have in your stable?

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Taz - on a more serious note - thanks for the feedback. I didn't realise that the more aggressive looking front spoiler was an option as far back as the carb model. I guess that stems from seeing most carb models without and most later cars with. Good to know that an older car with the deeper spoiler isn't necessarily a "bitsa".

Barry - I skimmed that thread. Can't believe I am going through such a similar process! (I must state at this point that I have absolutely no interest in a camper van. I love that you have a Quattroporte as a daily drive but our similarities have their limits)

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I vote carbs, they're more fun to fiddle with than any FI system.

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JS- This is my old Sept 78 build 308 GTS with deep front spoiler and four tailpipe exhaust. 16" wheels and 285 bhp engine, too.
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Boxer - I think I probably do lean towards the carbs. Feels a bit more "right". Having said that, exactly how many different fuel injection systems do you currently have in your stable?
Just one. All my ccars right now are post 1990.
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Barry - Yes I have also reached the build another garage or buy a lift crisis point. I'm leaning towards the lift. Have you looked into it?
Here you go. http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/dr...car-lifts.html

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Fantastic looking car Taz. That would be perfect.
How did it treat you?

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Barry - one step ahead of me as usual! Did you get one in the end?

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