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308GTB Fiberglass Cars?

Discussion in '308/328' started by PSP, May 24, 2004.

  1. PSP

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    Were any of the fiberglass 308GTBs US spec cars?

    I saw one for sale recently but I haven't researched them yet (did a search but didn't see this type of info). Are all of the fiberglass cars dry sump? Any obvious issues that should be addressed other than the usual PPI / timing belts, etc? They also seem to command a premium vs steel cars - any specific reasons why?
     
  2. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Only Euro glass cars are dry sump.

    US cars are standard oil system configuration.

    The glass cars were the first 308s, about 900+/- were made.
    They commmand a premium for rarity and lightness, about 300 pounds.

    I know of one for sale in Co. Springs with about 78K miles on it.

    Good luck in your search, most owners of glass cars know what they have, but a nice one sold for about $30K last year on the west coast, so they are out there!

    FChat member Dr. Wolinsky has about the most unmolested one I know.
    Maybe he'll chime in here! I have two early steel '77s, just on "this side" of the glass production cars.

    There is one in Austin with an FCA member also, IIRC. Maranelloman knows 'em. HTH
     
  3. BigTex

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    Obvious issues are they are "wavy" when compared to the steel cars! LOL!
    No actually the quality of the glass work is good, from every thing I have read.


    C'mon, where's some glass 308GTB owners to help this guy??

    All were GTBs, as the GTS was not introduced until '78, well into steel production.

    If you see a good deal on a '76 glass, you'd be advised to jump on it, or call me and I'll snag it!! Even wet sump, they have good motors. A dry sump car would be a real gem.

    What kind of money are they talking for the one you've found????
     
  4. BigTex

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    Last year there was a fairly rough glass car for $19K. I think Martin bought it or someone on the chat. It needed some work.
     
  6. BigTex

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    Foreign Cars Italia had it, IIRC. In Autoweek for a long time. It must have had other issues because I watched it mark down below $20K before it moved!

    I was watching it, scratching my head.

    "If it looks too good to be true, it is!"
     
  7. BigTex

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    They'll ALL need work! That's a fact! LOL!
     
  8. 308 GTB

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    Yes. According to the FML, 100 North American version fiberglass GTBs were built between May and July, 1976. They were all wet sumps with twin distributors.

    Alan, they're just a "bit" wavy. Mario sure knows a nice car when he sees one!

    Barry
     
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    So does Paul.
     
  10. 308 GTB

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    He sure does.
     
  11. jmillard308

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    1. Yes
    2. No - only Euro cars
    3. Lighter, rarer, and have that indefinable quality of being something special. On the world market, they seem to be approaching the prices of 328's which intrigues me a bit, not that I'm complaining :)

    It seems that the acknowledged build no. is 712, there are no issues compared to steel cars. The glass quality is exceptional.

    All the best people have them! :)

    Good luck in your search for one
    John
     
  12. BigTex

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    Cavallino shows the high '76-'79 Steel $$ as $35K, with the glass going as high as $50K.

    Man, Paul got some FLARES on that puppy!! I'd snap a half shaft running those rims!
     
  13. BigTex

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    A bronze/black boxer trim is on FerrariAds now for $29,500. 68K miles.

    I don't know if the Co. Springs car sold, or not. It was red/black with 78K miles.
     
  14. PSP

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    Thanks for all of the input - I'm not really ready to buy for 6 months or so, but I'm doing the preliminary homework in advance.

    FWIW, the car listed above in FerrariAds is also listed on a local Los Angeles website - but the price is $27,000

    LINK
     
  15. BigTex

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    That's a good price, odd color.

    Go check it out and do some tire kicking!
     

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