1985 Ferrari 288 GTOSOLD
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Estimate: €380.000-€450.000

€385.000 Sold

400 bhp, 2,855 cc fuel-injected V-8 engine with twin turbochargers, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,450 mm (96.4 in.)

Some of Ferrari’s most memorable sports cars were introduced in a short three-year span in the mid-1980s. With its introduction in 1984, the 288 GTO preceded both the F40 and Testarossa in production but with less than 300 ever produced, remains considerably rarer than every other modern road-going Ferrari supercar, Enzos included. The GTO was spawned by new FIA Group B race and rally homologation regulations introduced for 1984. Ferrari endeavoured to create a car that would embody the glory days of the 250 GT models and of course the 250 GTO in particular. The twin-turbocharged 288 GTO was the result. It benefited from the extensive racing experience Michelotto had gained from its successful campaign with the Ferrari 308 models. In order to satisfy Group B regulations, construction of 200 examples was required. The 288 GTO proved enormously popular, however, resulting in an additional order of about 70 cars.

Using a sturdy chassis built of tubular steel, the 288 GTO had a wheelbase of 96.4 inches, more than four inches longer than that of the 308 series. A four-wheel independent suspension featured coil-over dampers. The doors, boot and bonnet were made of aluminium while GRP and carbon compound formed the balance of the car’s bodywork. The design itself resembled the 308 GTB, but the 288 GTO had more flared wheel arches in order to accommodate the eight inch-wide front wheels and ten inch-wide rear wheels. Larger spoilers were also fitted at the front and rear – a product of extensive wind tunnel testing. The rear wings had three slots behind the wheel, a fitting tribute to the design cues of the original 250 GTO. All cars were delivered left-hand drive and painted Rosso Corsa.

Following the theory used in the 308 GT/M’s engine placement, the new V-8 engine, Tipo F114B, was mounted longitudinally instead of transversely. This all new 400 horsepower engine featured four valves per cylinder with Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection and was originally developed for Lancia’s rally racing programme. The tremendous horsepower was provided by way of twin IHI turbochargers – one per cylinder bank – with two Behrair intercoolers.

The interior was fully trimmed, as were all of Ferrari’s road cars. The seats were upholstered in black leather and the instrumentation included a 10,000 rpm tachometer, a turbo boost gauge, oil temperature and pressure gauge, as well as a water temperature gauge. Air conditioning, electric windows, and an AM/FM radio with cassette player were the only options available.
The Ferrari 288 GTO offered here was imported new into the UK by Maranello Concessionaires. It was specially ordered by Mr. Alfred J. Gooding of Great Britain with a red dash and full black leather seats, devoid of the typical red inserts. It was fitted from new with optional air conditioning and electric windows. The car made an appearance at the Ferrari International Meeting at Silverstone two months later and was continually serviced by Maranello thereafter. Mr. Gooding, who himself covered almost 80 percent of its current mileage, was recently re-united with the car and has very fond memories of it. In fact, it remained in the UK until its acquisition in 1995 by the previous owner who shipped it to Asia, where it was maintained in his garage with several other rare automobiles in his collection. His private mechanic maintained the car to Ferrari factory standards and always purchased any necessary spare parts for tune-up directly from Maranello in Surrey while conducting any additional maintenance through the local authorised Ferrari dealer.
Finished in Rosso Corsa, the car retains its original motor and is otherwise very original in its presentation, having accumulated less than 15,000 km from new. In addition to a full assortment of maintenance invoices from Maranello Sales Ltd., a large history file contains copies of the correspondence between Mr. Gooding and the dealer. The car has been Ferrari certified confirming that it is original and correct in every respect.

Chassis 56337 was recently test driven by RM Auctions and performed faultlessly with the engine pulling well through the rev range, giving the true sensation of 400 bhp. The suspension absorbed all imperfections in the road and the car felt very solid indeed. As the 288 GTO’s low production numbers were a simple by-product of homologation regulations, the offering of such a car is a rare occurrence in itself. It is this perfect blend of unadulterated Ferrari performance and drop-dead good looks that made the GTO an instant classic, an unrivalled sports car and still one of the most desirable Ferraris ever to cross an auction block.

Reference Number 41553

as of 4/4/2009

Car 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
VIN 56337 
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