Ferrari 308 is a Forgotten Gem of Group B

Group B – it was an era in international rallying that quite literally separated the greats from the legends. And while the drivers are remembered fondly, the iconic cars are seared into memory: Lancia 037, Audi Quattro, MG Metro 6R4, Ford RS200, among many others. They gave real substance to the term “Killer Bs.”  But one such car is commonly overlooked, and this is it – the Ferrari 308 GTB Michelotto. This 1978 version was converted to Group B specifications in 1984, rallied through the 1985 season, and since retirement to a Spanish car collection, has driven only 12 miles in the past three decades. It will cross the RM Auctions block in Paris today and is expected to bring up to $357,000. RELATED: Take a closer look at the Ferrari 308 GTB In hindsight, a Ferrari wouldn't be our first choice for a rugged Group B rally car, but given its impressive on-road handling, it appeared to be the perfect tool for then seven-time Spanish rally champion Antonio Zanini during his 1984 season. Zanini approached Ferrari agent Fernando Serena to request a car for his rally campaign. Serena obliged with a 308 GTB from his dealer stock. Zanini then sought out authorized Ferrari tuner Michelotto to rally prep the car, but it took some time. The car wouldn't be ready for the start of the season, so Zanini rented another 308 Group B car, but in the end it wouldn't matter. Zanini clinched the season with his rented Ferrari, debuted this 308 towards the end of the year at the Rally Osona, and beat second place by a whole four minutes. It's next notable achievement came due to its livery. During the 1985 Rally Catalunya, the 308 bore a Cimarron jeans livery, which later found its way onto a Scalextric slot car. RELATED: Check out the iconic Ford RS200 Evolution rally car Underneath its rear haunches lies a 16-valve, 2.9-liter V8 generating 280 horsepower. A close-ratio five-speed gearbox channels that power to the ground, managed by a strengthened and lightened double wishbone suspension with adjustable dampers. We hope the next owner puts a few more than 12 miles on this rally-prepped Prancing Horse. RELATED: Watch this Audi Sport Quattro S1 tear up the streets _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide