Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: UK & Texas
Ferrari Life Posts: 15,131
308 GTB City Car & Daily driver
Anyone who says a 308 has a head of rubish My 1975 308's short term assignment as a city car began yesterday. The day started with a 680 km drive on what turned out to be about the hottest day of the year with tempatures near 40C. The highway portion has not great as I ran into quite a few construction zones. In one place we sat for 15 minutes watching the crew drink coffee and catch up on the latest paving industry gossip. Clearly they are paid by the hour.....During this whole time the water temp never went above 95C and the aircon almost blew cold. Given the outside tempature I did pull the cover off the fuse box to prevent it from cooking internally. With the exception of 5 minutes when the turn signals refused to work, I had no problems the entire day.
Once in town, we went directly to the office. I checked the oil and had to top it up with half a liter. Oil consumption was spot on per the owners manual. After a few hours of rest, off we went into the middle of the city and a bit of traffic. Given how hot it was outside, the car had only partially cooled down and after 5 minutes both the the oil and water temps were at 95C. Despite having to spend quite a bit of time crawling in traffic, overall behavior was perfect. At one point, when we were stopped at a traffic light , a gentleman on a motor scooter wearing a suit tapped on the window. As he seemed harmless I lowered it a bit to see whaty he wanted. He asked what year the 308 GTB was and if it was a fiberglass car. At the end of the brief discussion (due to the green light), he smiled, complimented the cars condition, waved and drove off. Shortly thereafter we arrived at the apartment building, went into the car elevator, and decended to the cool underground garage. Manuvering in a tight garage without powersteering is a bit of a pain. Thus ended day one.
Net net over a total of 700 km in just about every driving condition imaginable, the 32 year old 308 GTB did not miss a beat.