A Ferrari 308 GTS QV is coming up for auction next month, with a twist.
The original car was already stunning in standard form. With beautiful bodywork styled by Pininfarina and a turbocharged 3.0-litre V8 engine, the 308 GTS QV was the ultimate supercar of its era.
However when the first owner of this particular car took delivery, he was decidedly disappointed with the 240bhp, feeling the cars performance just wasn't enough.
After he took delivery of the car, he took it to Nigel Hudson, a main Ferrari dealership at the time, who undertook a major engine overhaul. They swapped out the V8 for a fully fledged 4.8-litre, four-cam Ferrari V12 instead.
The result is one of just four Ferrari 308 GTS' in the world with a V12 configuration.
The current owner found the car in 2013, after it had been dry-stored for over a decade. From then a two-year restoration took place in which no expense was spared in reviving the 80s retro cool image back into this exotic supercar.
Finished in very rare metallic blue chiaro paintwork, complemented with a luscious white leather interior with blue piping, this historic Ferrari is just one of 233 right-hand-drive GTS models ever made.
Included in the sale are all the original books, manuals and even original bill of sale form 1985. Stacks of receipts, old MOT certificates, service history and details of the engine work carried out by Nigel Hudson, are also included.
The car will be sold on May 13 at Silverstone auctions in Warwickshire with an estimate of £50,000-£60,000.
By Aidan Rennie-Jones