1985 Ferrari 288 GTOSOLD

RM Auction: Ferrari - Legenda e Passione - Sunday, May 20, 2007

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Estimate: 325,000€-375,000€

440,000 € Sold

Specifications: 400bhp 2855cc twin overhead camshaft, fuel injected, twin turbo, intercooled V-8 engine with dry sump lubrication, four-wheel upper and lower wishbone independent suspension with coaxial Koni dampers and transverse anti-roll bars, Borg and Beck twin plate clutch with a five-speed gearbox, four-wheel servo-assisted ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2450mm (96.4")

When the new FIA Group B Race and Rally regulations were introduced in 1984, Ferrari endeavored to create a model that would harken back to the glory days of the 1962-1964 250 GT models. The 400 horsepower, twin turbo 288 GTO of 1985 was the result. It benefited from the intensive race and rally experience the Michelotto Company had gained from their successful and active campaign of the Ferrari 308 models. To fulfill Group B regulations, 200 examples were required to be built, however the popularity of the new model necessitated the construction of another 72 cars. Accordingly, the 288 GTO models found new homes as rapidly as they circled any track.

Using a sturdy chassis built of tubular steel, the 288 GTO featured a wheelbase of 2,450mm, 100mm more than that of the 308/328 series. Suspension was independent front and rear by upper and lower wishbones and coil- over dampers were fitted. The bodywork, in GRP and carbon-compound material with aluminum doors, boot and bonnet, resembled the 308 GTB but had more flared wheel arches in order to accommodate the eight inch wide front wheels and ten inch wide rear wheels. The rear wheel arches had three slots behind the wheel, a small, yet clever tribute to the slots found on the original 250 GTOs. At the front, four driving lights were set in the radiator intake and were complemented by a deep chin spoiler.

Although spartan in its construction, the interior was fully trimmed, as were all of Ferrari ’ s road cars. 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 and electric windows were the only options available on the car. Following the theory used in the 308 GT/M ’ s engine placement, the new V8 engine, Tipo F114B, was mounted longitudinally instead of transversely. This new 400 horsepower engine featured four valves per cylinder and twin IHI turbochargers - one per cylinder bank - plus twin Behr air to air intercoolers as well as a Weber- Marelli electronic injection and ignition system. All cars were delivered in left-hand drive configuration and came finished in one classic color combination; Rosso Corsa with black interior.

With a zero-to-60 time of less than five seconds and a top speed of almost 300 km/h it is unequivocally as competitive and in fact, rarer than its disciple the F40, of which nearly 1,300 were produced.

The example offered here was delivered new in Canada to the Ferrari dealer in Toronto, Canada – although for his personal collection, not for resale. He was a true fan of the marque; as a result, he was able to persuade the factory to allocate him one of the stunning new 288 GTOs. Canadian specification cars were not available, so he took delivery of a European example, which was not a problem since it was never to be sold.

The car remained in his personal collection until his untimely death in 1994, and the car has remained dormant with his estate ever since. Just recently, the decision was finally made to sell the car.

Today, as a result of fastidious care, this remarkable 288 GTO may be the lowest mileage and highest quality example remaining, with just 1,231 kilometres since new. Only two options were available, and 57701 has both: factory air conditioning, and power windows.

Finished in Rosso Corsa, as expected, the car features a black leather interior with red cloth inserts, and a black dash. In addition, a full set of tools and all factory manuals are included, in new condition. The car has been recently serviced by a marque specialist, including fuel system, ignition, and brake services, and replacement of all fluids. A full belt service was performed, all service schedules are up to date, and the car is understood to be in top condition.

The 288 GTO was the first modern Ferrari supercar, and collectors are finally recognizing the exceptional value they represent in the market today. The example offered here must certainly be one of the very finest remaining, and worthy of the most demanding collection.

Reference Number 8567

as of 4/15/2007

Car 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
VIN ZFFPA16B000057701 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Alloy rims
Interior: Leather interior 
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