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Ferrari Classics are ‘Gold’

Mention Ferrari and instantly the image of a bright Red supercar goes racing through your mind, more precisely usually one in Rosso corsa and although the last time I checked there have been around 15 different shades of red  available for the cars from Maranello over the years (Rosso Barchetta, Rosso Berlinetta etc..) it’s fair to say Red is the preferred choice by owners. However for those who wish to be a bit different, you might choose, oh I don’t know…Gold, or to be specific ‘Oro Chiaro’ and that is the colour of these two beautiful classic Ferraris going under the hammer next month with RM Sothebys from the Gold Collection.

1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB

  • One of only three 365 GT4 BBs originally finished in Oro Chiaro
  • Beautifully patinated original interior

A big change from its predecessor, the legendary 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, Ferrari’s mid-engined 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer debuted at the 1971 Turin Show as a prototype and commenced production in 1973 almost unaltered. This entirely new model was the first road-going Ferrari not to have a vee-configuration engine, and the 365 GT4 reflected Ferrari’s motor racing heritage; its 4.4-litre, four-cam, ‘boxer’ engine drew on experience gained from the Maranello firm’s World Championship-winning, flat twelve-cylinder F1 and sports-racing units and developed no less than 360 bhp at 7,700rpm. Rumours abounded that the prototype Boxer had run at over 290 km/h, and even though the production version managed ‘only’ around 280 km/h, there have been few disappointed customers. The mid-located engine gave near-perfect balance and ensured that the Boxer’s handling matched its stupendous straight-line speed.

A combination tubular/monocoque chassis housed the mid-mounted engine/five-speed transaxle package that ingeniously placed the motor above the gearbox and final drive, thus avoiding an overly long wheelbase. The ensemble was clothed in elegant, low-slung Berlinetta coachwork by Pininfarina. The result of extensive wind tunnel testing, Pininfarina’s masterpiece was assembled in Modena by Scaglietti and comprised a superstructure mixing aluminum-alloy and steel panels, complemented by matt black-finished glassfibre elements beneath the front and rear overhangs. At the time of its introduction the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer was the world’s fastest and most expensive car. Only 367 were constructed between 1973 and 1976 and of those, only three were originally finished in Oro Chiaro, including the example presented here.

Chassis no. 18261 was delivered new to the U.S. in January of 1975 and purchased by J.G. Walker Jr. of Tyler, Texas through Luigi Chinetti Motors. By 1983, the car appeared for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter, described as being finished in “Champagne” paintwork with black boxer trim and a tan interior, showing 6,000 miles. By the end of the year, the car had moved to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and remained there until at least April of 1987, offered for sale again in the Ferrari Market Letter, now sporting 11,000 miles from new.

In 1988, the car was exported from Pennsylvania to Sweden. Interestingly, the car would remain with that owner for the following twenty-seven years. Offered for sale in September of 2015, the car was sold to Germany and acquired by the consignor in 2016. Invoices on file show that the car’s timing belts were replaced in Sweden in 2015, and the car has been driven roughly 300 km since. Still retaining its beautiful, original beige leather interior with black inserts, its presents well in its highly attractive colour combination and would stand proud in any collection.

1979 Ferrari 308 GTS

  • Finished in its original colour scheme of Oro Chiaro Metallic over Beige
  • Retains its original engine and gearbox

Introduced as the successor to the Dino 246 in 1975, the 308 has a solid place in Ferrari history. Designed by Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina, it quickly won over many enthusiasts for both its looks and performance. Often associated with the TV show Magnum, P.I., the 308 GTS played a starring role in the series, capturing the imagination of many as it chased down criminals on the islands of Hawaii with actor Tom Selleck behind the wheel.

The 308 shared both its tube-frame platform and double-wishbone independent suspension with the Ferrari 308 GT4. The powerplant is a 2,926-cubic centimeter transverse V-8 engine, producing 240 horsepower with a top speed of 250 km/h. The 308 GTS proved to be the more popular variant of the 308 model, with a total of 3,219 examples manufactured.

The 308 GTS entered production in 1977, and while similar to the 308 GTB, the main difference between the two was its convertible top, which provided the pleasure of open-air driving. Ferrari made sure to reinforce the chassis to account for the missing roof, leaving the handling dynamics of the GTB largely intact. Removing the 308 GTS’s targa top is simple, and it easily stows directly behind the rear seats. Luggage space is provided directly behind the engine bay in a separate compartment.

This handsome 308 GTS is finished in its rare original colour of Oro Chiaro with contrasting Beige interior. Delivered new to Italy through F.lli Antonucci Sdf of Trieste, the car was originally finished just as you see it today, in Oro Chiaro Metallic (6334015 Salchi) over a Pelle Beige (VM 3218) interior. Originally registered on July 20, 1979 to Marino Bergamini, the car was first registered as TS 223365 before being transferred to Verona registration VR 525393 in March of 1980. Previous Italian registration documents on file show that the car remained in Italy through 2016 with the Bergamini family, when it was purchased by the consignor and exported to Germany. That same year, the car was granted Ferrari Classiche certification in 2016, confirming that it is finished in its original colour scheme, and is still fitted with its original engine and gearbox.

For many prospective Ferrari buyers, a 308 GTS is an enticing proposition. Combining one of Pininfarina’s timeless designs with open-air motoring and a responsive V-8 engine, a well-maintained 308 is often hard to pass up. This 308 GTS, boasting Classiche certification, a rare colour scheme, and known history from new, is surely one of the fine examples available.

To view these two stunning Classic Ferraris and others in the Gold Collection visit RM Sotheby’s here

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