Dream or nightmare? Subaru-powered Ferrari 308 GT4
Owning a Ferrari can be great, but also rather costly. The apparent solution? Replace the Italian V8 engine with one from a Subaru WRX
It took a long time for the GT4 to be accepted as a proper Ferrari. Originally badged as a Dino and devoid of a prancing horse, it wasn’t until 1976 that the 308 GT4 was officially made a Ferrari. We’ve found a curiosity on Ebay that should perhaps result in this 308 GT4 handing its Scuderia shields back to Maranello. This car isn’t powered by an Italian 3.0-litre V8, but the boxer engine from a Subaru.
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We’ll let you digest that for a moment. This Ferrari has a Japanese heart which, while likely much more reliable, is a curious choice. It’s a Japanese domestic market (JDM) Subaru engine producing around 280bhp, about 50bhp more than the original Ferrari unit. Extensive engineering work has been done to ensure that the boxer engine plays nice with the Ferrari parts, though the advert does claim that it would be easy enough to drop a Ferrari unit back into the car should you wish.
The car itself is in fair condition and externally it appears as a Ferrari 308 GT4 should. Its red leather interior is also is good condition with only minor scuffing blemishing this cabin for four. The seller does note a few things that could be improved such as slow electric window motors and wipers, as well as a speedometer that isn’t currently hooked up — likewise with the handbrake. If you want to the car to sport its original colour – it’s currently white – you’ll need to be pestering Italy for a silver colour chart.
Installing a Subaru engine is either a genius move for relatively trouble-free Ferrari ownership, or sacrilege. We can’t decide. If you’re looking for a solid starting point for a restoration, you could do far worse than this 'Su-rrari' but, at $39,975 and without an original engine, you might not be gaining much.
We’ll leave this Frankenstein’s creation here for you to ponder.
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Dino (Italian pronunciation: [?di?no]) was a marque for mid-engined, rear-drive sports cars produced by Ferrari from 1968 to 1976. The 308 GT4 was produced from 1973 to April 1980. Initially branded ``Dino``, the 308 GT4 was Ferrari`s first V-8 production automobile. • CLEAN TITLE • ODOMETER SHOWS 66,914 MILES, NO MILES ON THE TITLE LIKE MOST CLASSICS Price: $43,000
*Exceptional driver GT4 *Factory Sunroof *Factory updated air conditioning The theme of Packard automobile advertising was – Ask the Man Who Owns One. The idea was, happy owners were more believable that showroom salesman. In the Ferrari world, a 308GT4 would be the equivalent to a Packard. Ask a GT4 owner about their car and the accolades will come quickly. Our 308 GT4 is a Series III example
There are few Ferrari`s that can be purchased for this low price, and so this will be the last time that this car is offered , as the owner will take a different course if not sold this week. NO OFFERS The car comes equipped with air conditioning and the period Cromodora wheels that were supplied new. This pristine example of a 308 GT4 would of course not be complete without the original spar