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Hello,

I am looking for a suitable 308 GTB to be modified for historic rallying. The car should be in an okay mechanical condition, whereas the body doesn't necessarily have to be in that nice condition (preferably no rust). The interior can be worn out or even damaged.

Any ideas on where to find such a car ?

Thanks from Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Does it have to be a 308 GTB or will a 328 GTB do?

This may be a wildgoose chase, but several yrs ago Nick Cartwrights in the UK had a blue 86 328 GTB that had been modified for tracking and was not financially viable to get back into road condition. I

t had been sat in their yard for months. It wasn't on their stocklist but they offered it to me at a very reasonable price. They have probably sold or scrapped it now, but it might still be worth ringing up to find out 0044 1629 56999.
 

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Boxer - thanks a lot, will do.

Archiegibbs - yes, it has to be a 308 GTB, like this one:
 

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Looking at both US- and non US-cars for my project! Would be happy to know the differences between US- and non US-versions ...well, beside the obvious difference in bumpers?

Thanks :eek:
 

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Realised that the glasfibre body wasn't used for rallying (at least not by Michelotto). They took the steel body, and basically build-in a roll-cage, and replaced most body parts by glasfibre...

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I need some info on the topic of the body - resin versus steel.

Sitting here with the just received FIA homologation papers which states the following:

Approved 1.11.76: Resin doors, resin engine hood and resin trunk hood
Approved 1.7.77: Steel doors, steel engine hood and steel trunk hood

Please tell me, whether the chassis is exactly the same ?

Just of curiosity, why did Ferrari change from resin to steel ?

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The reason for the change was because they didn't think the U.S. market would react kindly to a "plastic" car although now it is exactly the opposite of that. So some of the early 308s (around 700) were fiberglass.

The chassis will be the same, just the body panels will be different.
 

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By the way, was today in contact with Mr. Dindo from Michelotto, who told that they have no parts available for the 308 GTB anymore :(
 

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The reason for the change was because they didn't think the U.S. market would react kindly to a "plastic" car although now it is exactly the opposite of that. So some of the early 308s (around 700) were fiberglass.

The chassis will be the same, just the body panels will be different.
The US market reaction was one reason they changed, the other was financial. The very high quality Fiberglass bodies that Ferrari utilized were much more expensive than the steel bodies. Hence it was a cost saving move at a time when the factory was in a tight financial situation.

As Andrew mentioned, it is a bit ironic that today, the early Fiberglass 308's command a premium over the later steel bodied cars. This is due to both the rarity and the lighter weight of the fiberglass cars.
 

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Realised that the glasfibre body wasn't used for rallying (at least not by Michelotto). They took the steel body, and basically build-in a roll-cage, and replaced most body parts by glasfibre...

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I am still confused... looking at the attached picture of a Michelotto car, how did Michelotto get this out of a 308 GTB ???

Tell me, can you take an ordinary 308 GTB fibreglass and basically take away the front and the rear like on the picture ?
 

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Fantastic pictures:)
Which colour scheme will yours have?

The Gulf and Alitalia racing colour schemes are my favorites, but not sure if they were used on the 308 rally cars.
 
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