Behold this 1979 Ferrari 308 GTB, one that is lower and cooler than almost any car I’ve ever seen before.
It’s owned by Andy Nierinck, and is the build that put KEAN Suspensions – the Belgium-based company he co-founded with his brother Kenny – on the map from the moment it was presented at Essen Motor Show in December 2017.
Before getting into this project Andy was thinking about buying a car that he could own forever, and initially he was looking for a Porsche 964S. Eventually, the Italian option eventually won out.
The Ferrari was purchased sight unseen over the internet in 2013, and when it arrived from Italy was in good, but certainly not great condition. It was a fine place to start, though.
Without delay the 308 was stripped down to the chassis, and then completely rebuilt and repainted Ferrari Rosso Red. It also received new upholstery, a blemish-free dashboard, air ride suspension (a KEAN speciality), and some carbon fiber touches. The engine wasn’t overlooked either, being pulled apart and completely freshened up.
Given that the car is 40 years old, Andy says it was quite easy to work on. He’s a qualified mechanic, of course, but rebuilding and fine-tuning the engine was a real joy for him.
And what an engine it is: a 2,927cc V8 with double overhead cams and four twin-barrel Weber carburetors, producing 252hp.
All told, the project took five years to finish. Pininfarina exterior designs like the roof spoiler, windshield wipers, passenger-side mirror, fog lights, front grille, and indicators were either removed or replaced with smoother counterparts. The front and rear bumpers and driver’s side mirror are carbon fiber items, and the whole car sits about an inch from the ground.
The GTB’s interior is just a nice place, especially when an era-correct rock band like Guns N’ Roses plays from a retro Blaupunkt cassette stereo. Importantly, the dash and all the switches and knobs have been kept original to celebrate the spirit of this Italian classic.
The suspension setup features custom air struts, Koni shocks, and new wishbones with the pump, tank and control modules are laid out in the trunk.
The fenders were rolled to fit the new 18-inch wheels – namely 3-piece S20s from AL13’s Heritage Series, featuring brushed Monaco gloss centers with highly polished outer lips and fully exposed hardware.
While the thought of owning a new Ferrari doesn’t resonate with all enthusiasts, having a well-sorted vintage model with gold mesh rims propels the owner right into the coolness hall of fame.
Because this is just not simply a stanced Ferrari, it’s much more…
"More Than Just A Stanced Ferrari"
...it's literally just a stance ferrari
yeah and he replaced most of the original pieces with one of bespoke stuff, leading me to believe it was salvage car, with frame damage that was totaled and rebuilt so to hide the damage, like the stance, which would hide a bent frame or horrible driving due to damage.
And if all this was true, this is a much better option than just seeing it die in a scrap yard.
Look awesome! But now......we wait for the so called purist and pick how stupid it look lol
However, on a more positive note, its simply an exercise in style over function. A tidy restoration thats been bagged, as is the norm across many 'scenes', especially BMs and VAG. Nothing wrong with that. Easily retrofitted with its OM set up.
If stancing is meant to be style over function, then why do people drive them?
Style over function, not instead of...
It look stupid, lol.
So much cooler than a standard 308, and the mods look to be integrated well enough that if you didn't know you'd think it could have left the factory that way
Yeah, it's much more than simply stanced Ferrari. It's a stupidly stanced Ferrari. Back to you, Amirul.
... but, thankfully, no cheap Wickes bath panels rivetted and caulked on its slab sides.
Not enough pictures
More than just a stanced Ferrari,
A Stanced Ferrari...
That has been rebuilt.
CATCH 22 YOU GOT US!
Could this be definitive proof that *any* car looks better when lowered?
The tires are too small for the wheels though
Weird to put so much attention to detail into everything else and then get something so basic like that wrong
My GOD this 308 is GORGEOUS. What a beauty!
Thanks Vladimir for the fantastic photos!
This post made my day!