Ferrari 308 GTSi - OIA 308 Auction sale - Be Aware!

Ferrari 308 GTSi - OIA 308 Auction sale - Be Aware!

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4rephill

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4,887 posts

155 months

Saturday 14th May
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There is a 1981 308 GTSi (Registration No. OIA 308) currently being advertised on Carandclassic as coming up for sale at auction (Through Silverstone Auctions) : https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C1454314

The description reads:

October 1975, saw the debut at the Paris Motor Show of the most successful shape ever to wear the Cavallino Rampante emblem, the Ferrari 308. Over 20, 000 examples of all engine types and sizes were produced from 1975-1989. This new car was constructed on a traditional steel tube chassis, but its beautiful body was firstly manufactured in GRP and then after two years, Scaglietti started making GTBs in steel. The 3-litre, four-cam V8 was more or less unchanged until March 1981 when Bosch fuel injection was added in place of the four double-choke Webers, although the final drive was altered on these cars to give similar acceleration to a carburettor car. Both versions have their supporters, but the 308 is generally accepted as one of Ferrari's all-time greatest road cars and values continue to strengthen.

This, right-hand drive, manual gearbox, 308 GTSi was originally delivered to Switzerland and is finished in Rosso Corsa with a cream interior. Being one of 184 right-hand drive, this 308 is a very rare car and with the benefit of the return to favour of those nostalgic 1980s looks, these early cars are becoming very collectable. It was first registered in the UK in 1999 and there are service records detailing all the work carried out on the car since then. These records show a total of five cambelt changes since 1999 with the latest being carried out during a major service in August 2015 by Slades Garage when they also fitted a new clutch. This year the car has received further love and attention with a new oil cooler, alternator and wheel bearings fitted along with a health check by Graypaul. The seats were also repaired and tidied up at the same time and the interior now presents very nicely indeed. In early 2000, Woodbridge Classic Cars in Suffolk carried out a speedometer change when the car was showing 58, 407km and, since then, the distance covered is shown in miles with 17, 300 currently on the odometer, meaning a total of approximately 54, 000 miles has been covered by this car since 1981.

The current custodian has had the car in his collection since 2018 and with only 150 miles or so travelled in four years he has decided the time is right to move the 308 on. The appropriate cherished registration number, OIA 308, will remain with the car.

In that description, it states: " Being one of 184 right-hand drive, this 308 is a very rare car............" (as I have highlighted in bold)

This gives the impression that the car is an original factory RHD car, but the car is actually a Swiss market LHD car, that has been converted to RHD at some time.

(The car has been noted previously for being falsely advertised as a "genuine right hand drive car" back in 2016: https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/out-of-l... and in 2017: https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&... )

Silverstone Auctions' description of the car on their site was originally identical to the Carandclassic description. I emailed them to point out that they were leaving themselves open to a lawsuit from a buyer, for misrepresentation, if the buyer believed they were buying one of the 184 original RHD cars.

To their credit, Silverstone Auctions have modified the description on their site, removing the "one of 184 RHD cars" part, and now including the fact that the car was originally a LHD car, that has been converted to RHD.

For anyone reading the description on Carandclassic though, be aware that the car is NOT an original factory RHD car, but a converted LHD car, and is therefore worth @ £20K less than a genuine RHD car in similar condition

DeejRC

3,578 posts

59 months

Sunday 15th May
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You mean they have made it worse?

tomtom

4,181 posts

207 months

Sunday 15th May
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That car's been for sale for > 2yrs. I have a note of it being up for 89995 in April 2020 from when I was looking at 308s at the start of covid.

4rephill

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4,887 posts

155 months

Saturday
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tomtom said:
That car's been for sale for > 2yrs. I have a note of it being up for 89995 in April 2020 from when I was looking at 308s at the start of covid.
It's been for sale since at least 2016, when it was being blatantly falsely advertised as being one of 184 original factory RHD cars, and priced @ £20K more than it was actually worth.

The advert over the years has gone from blatantly claiming it was an original factory RHD car, to suggesting it was a genuine factory RHD car, to hinting it was a genuine RHD car - It has never been admitted in the adverts that the car is a LHD to RHD conversion.

If they were being honest about what the car actually is, I wouldn't have a problem with it, but they're constantly trying to con people into believing it's a factory RHD car, to get more money than it's actually worth, and I'd hate for any buyer to get caught out.