Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
There's no way around it, so we'll just hit it head-on. If you drive this car, most people probably won't confuse you with Tom Selleck, but you are going to get a lot of "Hey Magnum!!!". Never mind that this is one of the most handsome mid-engined Ferraris ever designed, its iconic stature as a TV prop makes it a celebrity all by itself. Fortunately, this one has lived an easy life that wasn't on a studio lot, and drives exactly like a Ferrari should.
Red is really the only shade worthy of a GTS, and even though this beauty shows a few minor signs of use, there's nothing quite as exhilarating as being behind the wheel of a red Ferrari. In 1984 dollars, this car cost $59,500, a truly staggering amount of money. But what you got for that princely sum is one of the most crisply-styled Ferraris of all time, a gorgeous bullet of a car that has curves in all the right places to make it look truly exotic. In the intervening 35 or so years, this car has been used sparingly and carefully, and with proper service, it feels like a much younger vehicle. The expensive hand-rubbed paint has that magic kind of shine that you'd expect from a car that was still partially hand-built, and things like the rubber bumpers, weather-stripping, and side mirrors haven't been abused by UV rays or improper storage. In short, cars that look this good after almost four decades have usually had fanatical owners who care about the hardware. If you've wanted one of these, this is how you dreamed it would look.
Tan Connolly leather with brown piping on the seats inside is pure Ferrari magic, stitched into body-hugging buckets that are comfortable and supportive, but not restrictive. Connolly leather is typically softer and more supple than the usual automotive-grade stuff we're used to, and as a result it shows a bit more wear than you'd expect, but the hand-crafted feel and the texture of the materials more than makes up for it. The gauges are sensibly arranged, including a 180 MPH speedometer (very high for the time), as if to taunt the driver to see how fast he can get there. The leather-wrapped original wheel feels great and there's simply no other experience like clanging that big chrome shifter through the metal gate, a part of the Ferrari experience that separates the men from the boys. There's a modern Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo system in place, but the rest of the controls are as the factory intended: confusing and haphazardly arranged-this IS a Ferrari after all. You want logic and sensibility, go buy a Honda.
The 2.9 liter V8 engine is pure Ferrari magic. On paper, its specs seem modest by today's standards, but on the road, the car has agility, speed, and poise all in equal measure, with nothing being overpowering. As a result, it can be driven quickly and effortlessly, and even relative newcomers will find it sure-footed and easy to drive. The four-wheel disc brakes are powerful and thanks to correct service throughout its life, you don't have to be afraid of exploring the 7500 RPM redline and enjoying the wonderful howl from the exhaust. Those iconic 390mm Ferrari alloys wear 220/55/390 Michelin TRX radials, correct for the car and recently back in production.
This is the best version of the most iconic Ferrari ever built, and it turns out that it's an awesome road car, too. Documented with maintenance records and featuring an accident-free history, this is 308 GTS would be a great addition to anyone's collection. Call now!
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