1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole Euro

Up for auction is this 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole finished in Rosso Corsa over black leather.  This European-spec 1985 example was imported from Japan in 2016 by its current owner in the United Arab Emirates.  It was never registered for road use and the seller reports it to have been kept in storage and used for display purposes ever since.  A major engine-out service was also performed in recent years including replacements of the timing belt, tensioners, gaskets, and water pump.  One of the most iconic sports cars of the 1980s, this 308 shows approximately 43k kilometers (27k-miles) on the 5-digit odometer and is now being offered for auction by its seller out of the U.A.E.

The Pininfarina-designed bodywork is finished in the traditional shade of Rosso Corsa.   The paint is described to be in good condition overall and the seller reports evidence of minor cosmetic repair to the passenger side.  Detailed images are provided in the photo gallery.  Compared with the original 308, the Quattrovalvole model features a redesigned radiator grille with rectangular driving lights as well as a slim louvered panel on the front bonnet.  Equipment on this example includes a removable black roof panel, Vitaloni side mirrors, European-spec bumpers, and 16” Speedline-style multi-piece wheels that are currently dressed in Michelin Primacy HP tires.

Inside, you will find a black leather interior with analog Veglia instrumentation, a three-spoke MOMO steering wheel, and a gated 5-speed manual shifter.  Modifications include black and red checkered coco floormats, aluminum pedal covers, and an aftermarket Kenwood DPX-4000V stereo.

This 308 GTS is equipped with a transverse-mounted Tipo F105 2.9L V8 engine with four valves per cylinder. Offering a modest increase in power compared with its U.S. counterpart, this European-spec engine is capable of sending up to 240 HP to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transaxle.  A major engine-out service is said to have been carried out within the last two years including decarbonization of the heads, reseating of the valves, and a timing belt replacement as well as new gaskets, seals, and a water pump.  The car is said to idle smoothly and drive well with occasional misfires reported at higher RPMs.

Accompanied by a clean title, this classic Ferrari 308 GTS awaits its next caretaker.


Auction Results

  • Highest Offer: No bids
  • Auction End: June 13, 2021, 3:33 p.m.
  • Number of Offers: 0
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Comments (21)

  • CC63 1 week, 6 daysago

    @sbfa0802 - The VIN is for a Euro car. Tell tale is the 8th digit in the VIN being a "B", signifying a left hand drive Euro car. If it was a US car it would have an "A" in that position. It would also have rear side marker lights. Perhaps the importation to JPN from EUR added the front markers - a different size and shape than US versions.

    Agreed on the painting of the front grills and intake.

    Bumper inconsistency noted and no clue on that one.

  • UAE (seller) 1 monthago

    @Sbfa0802 it seems that you are an expert. The gauge cluster is metric not US, that might be why the editor mentioned euro spec. As I mentioned, I bought the car from Japan like that and have no idea about it's history. All the inside stickers are in Japanese, which could be a variant as well. Weren't there Japan specs?

  • Sbfa0802 1 monthago

    @rextrowler88 just too many things. The more i look the more i can tell this is actually a us spec car. Even the side reflectors are square, not the circle the euro spec model is supposed to be and the rear bumperette sticks out to us spec. This is not a criticism just i find it interesting it’s a “euro” but nothing in this shows that it is except for the rear valence.

  • rextrowler88 (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    @Sbfa0802 Surely non issue. Many do this to update look. Looks cool

  • UAE (seller) 1 monthago

    @Sbfa0802 I fully agree with you. The manifold was painted by me as the original powder coating faded. As for the bumper and the rest, that was all from Japan. Japanese usually do strange things.

  • dellatempo 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $35,000

  • seemann 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $33,000

  • Sbfa0802 1 monthago

    Some inconsistencies here. The front is a us spec bumper, the rear is correct. The front is painted incorrectly. The slats on the hood and above the headlights are supposed to be anodized black. The intake is painted red, it’s supposed to be powder coated red in a wrinkle finish. None of these are dealbreakers and can be fixed but it leaves questions are to what else has been done to the car. The price should reflect those items.

  • ewinferrosa22 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $32,000

  • LongwoodCharger 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

  • UAE (seller) 1 monthago

    @Jack1954 minutes away.

  • Jack1954 (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    @UAE I'm not familiar with the UAE, what area are you in? Close to Dubai?

  • UAE (seller) 1 monthago

    @Jack1954 I'll try to answer all your questions.
    I brought the car from Japan that way with the exception of the cover which I installed to cover the place. The tube I guess was for the brake vacuum. The transmission has no grind and the car has an upgraded clutch as it's pedal is harder than usual.
    Delivery locally is no problem at all and I'll do all the local required paperwork.

  • Jack1954 (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    What is the tube going along side of the center console passenger side in picture 97? Also if its a euro why is it using an US front spoiler? What happened to the spare tire area which has a flat piece of plastic covering that area? How is the transmission, does it shift well without grinding? Can you deliver to a shipper? I like the speedline wheels.

  • UAE (seller) 1 monthago

    @Waelsamman on the interior side everything is there. The compressor isn't that expensive if you use NOS parts.

  • Waelsamman (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    @UAE are they difficult to find? Are all the other AC components still present?

  • UAE (seller) 1 monthago

    @Waelsamman As I mentioned in my first comment, the Compressor isn't there on the engine as it was removed by the previous owner.

  • Waelsamman (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    Is the AC working?

  • UAE (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Luisduran the reserve isn't that high compared to the market value of such car. Please feel free to bid and I hope that you'll be the winning bidder. The site policy doesn't recommend sharing the reserve value .

  • Luisduran 1 month, 1 weekago

    Hi, I could pick it up in dubai. What’s the reserve?

  • UAE (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Hi everyone. This car I decided to sell from my collection due to space issues. It is a very nice looking car and a very popular Ferrari model. This is the last year production of such model and with the best engine of all. Please note that the car doesn't have AC as the compressor seems to be removed in Japan. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

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1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole Euro
No offers. Final Bid: $35,000