It’s still Sunday here in California, so dangit, I’m posting this for Radcast. This, if you didn’t know, is the single greatest car ever designed. It is perfect. There is no argument. I hear you saying, “but what about the...”. No. You are wrong. Pinifarina’s finest work, surrounding a transverse 3.0L V8 and a gated 5-speed. Pure bliss.
I have professed my love for the 308 before, so I won’t go into that here. Suffice to say, it has been a Very Important Car to me since childhood. My most beloved old toys are Matchbox 308s and a red Porsche 930. I know I’m not alone with that, either. Being into cars is a funny thing, as you know. So many great machines competing for all of our wants! But I’m perhaps less into cars than I used to be, not so attached, jaded, and don’t lust after certain makes and models as I once did. More often than not, I’m content to drive my old beater pickup or ride a bicycle. But.... there are only two cars I haven’t been able to rise above, haven’t been able to escape their event horizon, and those cars are the Porsche 911 and the Ferrari 308.
This model is in 1:43 by Vitesse, and I’m happy to have it courtesy of Jobjoris. I was a little gun-shy on going back to Vitesse as I have an exceptionally crappy 1:43 Peugeot 905 by them that is very nearly the worst model I have, but Jobjoris reassured me that this was worth it, and boy is it ever. Night and day to the 905, this is really nicely done. It even has an 80's-tastic white interior, hides the cocaine nicely. So good in black too, as good as these look in the traditional red, they look even better in other shades. Black is a pain in the ass to photograph though!
I have to admit, this is a bit of a loophole, as the car is a 1977 model according to the box. But it was produced in a more or less identical state cosmetically until 1985, and, you know, Magnum P.I., so here it is. Interesting 308 trivia: 1977 was the first year of steel bodies, as prior to that they were fiberglass! Remember that next time some Ferrari D-bag bad mouths Corvettes. And guess which 308s are worth more than any other? That’s right, the fiberglass cars, known as “vetroresinas”. Anyway, that’s enough words. Have some pictures.