Digestible Collectible: 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
digestible collectible 1985 ferrari 308 gtsi qv

As a proud member of the Brown Car Appreciation Society, I had to share this magnificent example of Italian history. Sure, Ferrari may call the color “Prugna Metallica” — or metallic purple for us Anglos — but it’s brown to my eyes (and that of the dealers’ camera).

This is perhaps the only way to fly under the radar in a Ferrari.

I doubt I’ll ever own a Ferrari as three conditions are conspiring against me: the upward trend in the value of nearly all exotic classics; the terrifying parts and maintenance costs; and I can’t fit into the cheapest Ferrari, like this 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV. Famously, Tom Selleck’s 6-foot-4-inch frame couldn’t fit in Magnum’s 308 GTS with the targa roof in place. And I’m just as tall as Mr. Selleck, though my facial hair isn’t nearly as distinguished.

There appear to be plenty of service records, always a plus with any older exotic. The leather is faded, and possibly has some odd transfer of blue denim dye. No worries, though: this looks like a Ferrari I (well, someone smaller than I) could hop in and drive cross-country without fear of a few stone chips.

The eBay auction has a reserve price set, but a quick look at the dealers’s website reveals a $54,500 ask. Five years ago, this was a $25,000 car. I’m not certain they’ll get more than forty thousand, though, considering the non-red paint. I like different, though, so this appeals to me.

Chris Tonn is a broke classic car enthusiast that writes about old cars, since he can’t afford to buy them. Commiserate with him on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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  • Davew833 Davew833 on Jan 21, 2016

    I remember seeing one of these on display at the mall in 1985. It was this very same color. I remember thinking it was quite beautiful in person and not as ostentatious as every other red Ferrari out there.

  • Chan Chan on Jan 22, 2016

    I see a few people harping on the lack of interior pictures. They're on the eBay page; scroll all the way down.

  • Probert There's something wrong with that chart. The 9 month numbers for Tesla, in the chart, are closer to Tesla's Q3 numbers. They delivered 343,830 cars in q3 and YoY it is a 40% increase. They sold 363,830 but deliveries were slowed at the end of the quarter - no cars in inventory. For the past 9 months the total sold is 929,910 . So very good performance considering a major shutdown for about a month in China (Covid, factory revamp). Not sure if the chart is also inaccurate for other makers.
  • ToolGuy "...overall length grew only fractionally, from 187.6” in 1994 to 198.7” in 1995."Something very wrong with that sentence. I believe you just overstated the length by 11 inches.
  • ToolGuy There is no level of markup on the Jeep Wrangler which would not be justified or would make it any less desirable [perfectly inelastic demand, i.e., 'I want one']. Source: My 21-year-old daughter.
  • ToolGuy Strong performance from Fiat.
  • Inside Looking Out GM is like America, it does the right thing only after trying everything else.  As General Motors goes, so goes America.
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