The Ferrari 308 GTS of Gilles Villeneuve goes on sale
By: Fedora Atjeh | April 30, 2018
|The Ferrari 308 GTS of Gilles Villeneuve goes on sale|
This Ferrari 308 GTS that belonged to the Formula 1 driver ** Gilles Villeneuve ** will be auctioned next May 12 by RM Sotheby's in Monaco. According to this famous auction house, the starting price will be between 300,000 and 400,000 euros, although taking into account the illustrious nature of its first owner, it is expected that the deck will definitely fall under a higher figure.
The Frankfurt Motor Show in 1977 was the scene in which the Ferrari 308 GTS was presented to the world: it was the targa variant of the Ferrari 308 GTB, which was in production between 1975 and 1985. That same year, the Scuderia signed Gilles Villeneuve at the end of the season and, almost at the end of the next one, the team decided to give their two star pilots a street model. The chosen one was precisely the last of the Cavallinos to arrive at that moment.
The Ferrari 308 GTS that came into the hands of Gilles Villeneuve left the assembly line on October 30, 1978 with chassis 21371 and registered in Modena with license plate MO 439235. Its body was painted in the exclusive red Rosso Dino and, among others modifications, emphasizes the replacement of the series clutch by another reinforced identical to the one that took the Ferrari 512 BB.
From Monaco to Maranello in less than two and a half hours
Giles Villeneuve only had four years to enjoy his Ferrari 308 GTS, since on May 8, 1982, the Canadian pilot died tragically during the qualifying session during the Belgian GP. However, during that time, he squeezed it to the fullest.
|Ferrari 308 GTS|
As published by RM Sotheby's, Villeneuve used the Italian supercar to move between his home in Monaco to the Ferrari factory in Maranello on several occasions. That journey is about 434.5 kilometers, so it is normal to be late to cover it between four hours or four and a half hours. Good old Giles did it once in two hours and 25 minutes, which he achieved thanks to driving at an average speed of 180 km / h.
Despite this intense relationship with the American pilot, this 308 GTS records only 37,000 km on its odometer, so it is practically new and in perfect condition, as the auction house says. This includes its 3.0-liter V8 engine and 255 HP of power, in addition to maintaining many of the pieces that were originally mounted in the transalpine targa.
Four owners and waiting for a fifth
After the death of Villeneuve, Ferrari had it in deposit until 1984, moment in which it was acquired by the Italian Michele Superbo, native of Modena. Superbo had it in its power for ten years, to be handed over to his wife Rosanna in 1994. In 2010, this special Ferrari 308 GTS became the property of its last owner, who has exhibited it numerous times in his native Denmark, as well as forming part of an exhibition of the Ferrari Museum in 2012.
As often happens with this type of classic jewel of illustrious owners, to the memory we get the Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550 from Enton John or the Dodge Charger "Bullit" from Bruce Willis and Jamiroquai, it is normal to go hand in hand: A new and fortunate owner can say that he is yours next May 12 when the auction takes place in Monaco.
A day earlier, two other collector meat gems will also be auctioned off in Monaco by Bonhams: the legendary Mclaren MP4 / 8A monplaza with which Ayrton Senna competed during the 1993 Formula 1 season, and whose price is estimated at 5 million euros, and a Ferrari 625 Targa Florio from 1953, a rare one of which only three units were produced and which could be sold for 6.5 million euros. At his side, the Ferrari 308 GTS by Giles Villeneuve almost seems like a bargain, although we will see why the price is finally auctioned.