Introduced to an eager public in 1975, and produced, with periodic improvements until 1989, the Ferrari 308 GTB / GTS is one of the most popular Ferrari cars ever made. They can credit their success to their unparalleled, simple yet exotic styling, high performance (but not too high) and absolutely stunning convertible, immortabilized as Robin Master’s car (always driven by Tom Selleck) in the long-running series Magnum, P.I..
Powered by a 3-liter V8 pumping out 250 horsepower, the Ferrari 308 originally featured all fiberglass panels, which were replaced in later years with steel; this made the car more susceptible to rust and heavier, but it didn’t seem to matter, as it continued selling like hotcakes.
In terms of performance, this car was quite impressive, although it never made it in the supercar range. It boasted a top speed of 155 miles per hour and a 0-60 acceleration of 6.9 seconds, both more than acceptable figures. Although hampered by the extra weight, the handling remained excellent, thanks to an independent suspension. The five-speed manual transmission was a joy to use, and effectively transmitted the power to the rear wheels with aplomb.