It’s not unusual for an air-cooled Porsche 911 to be lifted and modified heavily into something we’d describe as a Safari 911. I’ve also personally seen similar modifications being done on MX5 Miatas. Both these vehicles wouldn’t be my first choice for something off-roady, but the owner of this 1975 Ferrari 308 Dino obviously had different ideas.
This eye-catching machine is stuning, and as you can see from the photos, it isn’t exactly stock. On going in for a restoration worth $26,000, the owner had a change of heart, so out came a Safari Dino modified for the treacherous battle against mud and sand just like its rally racing counterpart.
It’s powered by the same numbers-matching quad-cam 3.0-litre V8 it came from the factory with, plus the original five-speed gearbox. And while this car was Ferrari’s first mid-engined 2+2 car, this specific model came from the factory with the rare backseat-delete option. After its conversion, it now sports a whip CB antenna, a custom steel front bumper, a caged rear bumper, and lifted suspension from a 308 GT4. Its Corsa Velocita wheels are wrapped in 205/70VR15 Michelin tyres, and the steering has been rebuilt to cope with these modifications.
This Ferrari is in perfect condition, with a history full of service records and invoices. You won’t be able to find a car in as good a condition as this.
Custom jobs like this are perfect for the self-expressoin of the owner, and I’m sure the fact we’re all swooning over this would make him extremely proud. Unfortunately for the owner, they’re now selling this piece of art, but fortunately for us, we can take a good look at it here. Fancy it?