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What is the best 3x8 series?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by Ricardo, Mar 13, 2004.

  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Karting

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    What is the best 3x8 series car?
     
  2. Tennlee

    Tennlee Formula Junior

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    Whichever one's in your garage. ;)
     
  3. Cavallino Motors

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    It depends on how much money you have!

    $30,000 for a 308 or $100,000 for a 355 or $200,000 for a 360 Spider !
     
  4. cinquevalvole

    cinquevalvole Formula 3

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    fast: 348 GTB and 348 GTS
    cool: 308 GTS QV
    hot + light: 308 GTB fiberglass, dry sump, carbs,
    best: 328 GTS, ABS ('89)

    all in euro-version!

    not the best 3x8 series cars: 208 GT/4, 308 GT/4, 208 Turbo versions, GTSi 2V Versions, heavy US-chassis, (Mondial is another world)

    forza

    cinquevalvole
     
  5. sindo308qv

    sindo308qv F1 Rookie

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    Of the 308's the best are the Quattrovalvole's.Then of course the 328's are even better,but I prefer the look of the 308's interior with the toggle switches,retro.
     
  6. bernardo66

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    GTS/GTB (carburated): sounds awesome, fun to tinker with from a DIY'er point of view.

    GTBi/GTSi: I know these cars get a lot bad rap from folks, but I've also seen some people on this board speak well of them.

    GTB/GTS QV: Nicely balanced, bugs gone from earlier injected version, haven't heard much bad press about it. Even the old Ferrari dealer up here would recommend this car (and believe me, he's very critical about F-cars).

    In short: "whatever gets you through the night...."

    "whatever your wallet permits"

    "Whichever one's in your garage." That's priceless!!!
     
  7. enjoythemusic

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    (WARNING... BIASED)

    1985 Euro 308GTS

    Lower weight than US 308 or 328... hundreds of pounds less

    No "driver aids" and weight mongers like ABS

    Very little electronics, easy to fix things like heater controls, etc

    More curvacious body than 328

    Love carbs and all, but FI is easier to maintain


    But then again i AM biased :)

    Enjoy the Drive,

    Steven R. Rochlin
     
  8. Auraraptor

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    I wonder what I am going to say...
     
  9. azheman

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    308 GTSi QV....IMO of course.

    Oh yeah, Euro version.
     
  10. Ricardo

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    Thanks for all the replies!

    What is the most fun to drive?

    Does anyone have sound files of 308 carb and 308 qv?
     
  11. bernardo66

    bernardo66 The Crazy Cat Man
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    Ain't it the truth. The Euro version of any car is to die for!!!!! There's an 85 Euro 308 in one of the F-Car clubs up here and it truly stands out of the bunch.
     
  12. vince308

    vince308 Formula 3

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    cheapest : 308 GT4, euro version
     
  13. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

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    Ricardo,

    Sound files can vary GREATLY due to different exhausts used. Stock in the 308GTS QV here was Ansa, yet this has been changed to a totally custom job. It is big, loud, and loveable. There are some sound files at http://www.ferrari308.com/ , but none are of the 308 that resides here.

    Enjoy the Drive,

    Steven R. Rochlin
     
  14. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

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    Yes, and what we also MUST remember is that the Euro has no cat pipes, has 9.2:1 compression (versus the US 8.8:1). Even the cam timing is more aggressive :)

    So the Euro 308 QV is indeed a DIFFERENT car (per se) than the US version in ways that DO make it also perform better. The lower weight of the Euro combined with better performance does indeed make for a more enjoyable package IMHO. Also, having no cat pipes means it runs cooler and more free flowing :)


    But hey, i'd trade it title for title for a US spec Enzo :)


    Enjoy the Drive,

    Steven R. Rochlin
     
  15. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    You want just the TITLE? I think I know where one is, that doesn't have a car attached to it, anymore! LOL!

    The answer is a Non Cat Steel '77 308GTB Yellow/black.

    Don't forget the handprints! ;)

    There's a thread started on this in GFD on the "other" site. Cheers

    Speedy"Thrown out of the Rodeo for dancing too much to Ray Price" 308
     
  16. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    We're gonna got to 9.2 or so when we put in the stainless valves.

    Right now I'm proving that the 8.8 piston engines can actually run well on REGULAR octane pump gas.

    Speedy"Accounting Department wants to chat with you"308
     
  17. robertgarven

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    I disagree, I still think the 75 gt4 is the best.
    and I will conceed that the 308GTB is prettier

    carbs
    real trunk
    longer wheel base
    better visibility
    better handling
    better seating position
    back seats for wifes stuff
    cooler instument cluster
    cooler seats
    much easier engine access
    less smog stuff
    exempt in CA for smog
    carbs
    Enzo Ferrari liked it, he even had a mock-up made where he moved the seats forward and backwards trying to get what he felt was the best driving position. plus it is a Dino, and Enzo loved his son above all else. It even has even serial numbers just like other dinos and the race cars

    i know many dont like the styling ( I still think it is molto bene) and the it is still the cheapest ferrari available. But just ask anyone who has owned or driven one. It is funny as many people say oh they make great track cars. meaning they handle great.

    Did I mention easy engine access. If you work on your car like I do this has to go to the top of the list. PS the previous owner of my car still wants to buy it back, and he has had 275, lussos, 365 2+2, etc.

    dont get me wrong I love every Ferrari and every 8 cylinder model, I just think that the gt4 gets a bad rap considering what it has to offer, look at my profile and tell me its ugly..........
     
  18. Senna1994

    Senna1994 F1 World Champ

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    1989 328 GTB.
     
  19. jordan747_400

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    I can certainly attest to that! The handling and visibility are just GREAT! Above all of the other cars Ive been lucky enough to drive, the responsiveness of the steering on the GT4 has yet to be matched. All that aside, the thing most lovable about the GT4 is the sound...What a sound with the carbs chirping!

    Is it the best of the 3x8 series? Who knows...thats all subject to opinion. It is a fantastic car though.
     
  20. vincent355

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  21. Senna1994

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  22. Ricambi America

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    Thanks for sticking up for us lowly 348 drivers! Sheesh, 20 posts, and yours was the first one supporting the 348. Maybe Rob should rename the board "308and328Chat.com" ;-)


    Loving my unloved 348,
    Daniel
     
  23. cinquevalvole

    cinquevalvole Formula 3

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    ha! the 208 GT4 :)

    But the most fun is on a 308 vetroresina euro:
    http://ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?p=161900#post161900

    As I had a chance to drive a red vetroresina some years ago ...
    I can confirm the cart feeling & superb slalom handling + great carb sound.

    enjoy!

    cinque
     
  24. tifosi69

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    I'm partial but I vote for 87-89 328.
     
  25. Dave

    Dave F1 Rookie

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    "What is the best 3x8 series?"

    The answer will depend on You!
    What are you looking for in a car?
     

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