The ex-Carlo Facetti, Italian Championship-winning
1975 Ferrari 308GTB Berlinetta Gpe IV Facetti
Chassis no. 18855
Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1975, the stunningly beautiful 308GTB Ferraris second V8-engined road car - marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed Dino 308GT4. Badged as a proper Ferrari rather than a Dino, the newcomer had changed little mechanically apart from a reduction in wheelbase, retaining its predecessors underpinnings and transversely mounted 3.0-litre V8 engine that now featured dry-sump lubrication. In road tune this superbly engineered power unit produced 255bhp, an output good enough to propel the car to a top speed of 150mph. Produced initially with glassfibre bodywork - the first time this material had been used for a production Ferrari - the Scaglietti-built 308 used steel exclusively after April 1977. The first steel bodied cars were manufactured in 1976, the change bringing with it a considerable weight penalty (of around 150kg) and consequent reduction in performance. Naturally, anyone wanting to race a 308GTB started out with the glassfibre version if they could.
One of the first privateers successfully to develop a 308GTB vetroresina was ex-F1 driver and engineer Carlo Facetti, who built a number both for his own use and for private customers. Owner Felice Besenzoni drove a Facetti-prepared Jolly Club 308GTB vetroresina at the Daytona 24 Hours Race in 1978, while Facetti himself drove the car offered here to victory in the Italian GT Championship that same year, beating Magnanis Lancia Stratos, thanks to wins at Magione, Misano, Pergusa and Vallelunga, the only rounds he entered! Delivered new to Bolzano via Mille Miglia Garage and prepared by fratelli Facetti - Carluccio and Giuliano - at their Bresso works, this GTB incorporates all the special components homologated for Group 4 racing by Ferrari. The car was developed without sacrificing its essential Gran Turismo characteristics to any great extent, the focus of attention being on producing usable power while enhancing reliability and retaining its inherent near-perfect balance. Pistons, combustion chambers, cams and crankshaft balancing were all modified or improved, the result being an engine that produced around 320bhp despite retaining carburettor induction. Much attention was paid to the front suspension geometry, which was heavily revised. Adjustable Bilstein dampers were fitted all round, together with 12 ventilated brake discs gripped by Lockheed 4-pot calipers. Brake balance was made adjustable, and aerodynamic performance enhanced by a larger chin spoiler. Although considerably lighter than the road car, Facettis race-developed vetroresina was nevertheless 50kg over the class 1,005kg minimum weight limit, an indication that its development potential had by no means been exhausted.
Not registered for road use, this super competitive 308GTB is presented in full working order and eligible for many of the historic Ferrari events and race series worldwide.
- This car is a 1975 Ferrari 308 GTB Berlinetta Gpe IV Facetti and not a Vetroresina Berlinetta.