The Ferrari 308 is one of the most iconic Ferraris ever built.  With its Pininfarina-styled mid-engine, low and wide design, the car is one of the most recognizable cars in the world, and in recent years has climbed to the top of collectors’ lists, making pristine examples hard to find. Yet while the beauty of the car is timeless, its drivability is less so. Stock versions of the 308 are plagued by high maintenance costs and reliability issues stemming from the design of its camshaft belts, head gaskets, fuel system, emission controls, electrical system, and cooling system, among others.  Drivers have also long complained about the lackluster performance of the car, especially as compared to the car’s sexy styling, a fact that prompted an embarrassing bit on The Car Show whereby a stock 308 loses a head-to-head race to a Toyota Camry. S/n 56517 is the result of a quest to design and built the most drivable and modern 308 on the road today, and is the realization of over four years of work and effort.  The engine and components of the car have not only been completely rebuilt, but re-engineered, thereby eliminating all of the car’s typical reliability problems while boosting the displacement to 3.93 liters and the power from the stock version’s 230 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque to a whopping 503 hp at 7750 RPM and 357 lb-ft of torque at 6500 RPM while running on E85.  This represents a naturally-aspirated output of about 128HP/L, which puts s/n 56517 on par with the best of today’s supercars.  Additional and substantial work has been done on the car’s suspension, interior, and exterior, which altogether combine to realize the quest of a modernized classic.

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Location: Los Angeles, California, United States