I just started reading the April Issue of Car Magazine U.K. but had already seen one Letter to the Editor :)
From: Robin Capper
Sent: Monday, 29 January 2018 13:23
Subject: In defence of the 308 GT4
Awesome ‘Ferrari at 70’ issue except...
You call the Bertone 308 GT4 ugly and show the worst (US spec?) colour scheme I have seen on one. The follow-up Pininfarina 308 GTB/S were beautiful but they didn’t have to package 2+2 seats and a mid-mounted V8.
Over the page there’s no comment on the crude styling of their attempt, the Mondial. It resorts to black detailing to disguise massive rear pillars and cheese graters covering crude side air intakes. In comparison the proportions and elegant ‘glasshouse’ air intakes on the GT4 show how well Bertone did.
Which has aged better? For me there is no contest, but maybe I am biased.
I took this photo of one in 1977, when the 308 GT4 was current and I was 11, parked in the driveway of a holiday home near where we were staying. No idea who owned it, this was as close as I got, but since that day the 308 GT4 has been one of my favourite cars.
PS: My subscription just auto-renewed, look forward to ‘Ferrari at 80’ : )
PPS: The photo is a bit orange as is a corrected scan of a very faded 70s print!