1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

EU Supplied, UK Title. Ferrari Classiche

Launched more than 20 years after the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO, the first Ferrari to bear the Omologato name, the 288 GTO had big shoes to fill. Naturally, Maranello’s engineers were not about to let down those most illustrious three letters with mere adequacy. Instead, they created a fantastic tribe to the 250 GTO: a tremendously powerful sports car for the road.

Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti, already well respected in Ferrari enthusiast circles for his radical yet immensely desirable 365 GTB/4 Daytona, was tapped to pen the 288 GTO. Using one of his recent designs, the sleek 308 GTB, as a base, Fioravanti and Ferrari’s aerodynamics engineers treated the car to a high-performance makeover that brought in a few cues from the 250 GTO. A built in rear spoiler and three rear fender slats served as aerodynamic and performance advancements that also helped link the 288 GTO to its predecessor. Otherwise, the new car was entirely forward-looking.

Despite its tremendous performance, the 288 GTO did make a few luxury concessions on the interior. Ferrari’s traditional exquisitely upholstered leather seats were standard and air conditioning, a radio and power windows showed up on the options list. With zero to 60 times clocked at less than five seconds by contemporary press, the 288 GTO was immediately lauded as a true supercar.

Unfortunately, the 288 GTOs never had the chance to perform on track. The FIA cancelled its controversial high-performance Group B series due to track safety issues. Still, the 288 GTO’s popularity with the public was unquestioned. Though homologation standards required only 200 vehicles to be produced beyond track going examples, demand was so strong for the 288 GTO that Ferrari agreed to produce an additional 72 vehicles totalling in all 272 cars in all.

Our car was supplied new in June 1985 by direct sale from the factory at Maranello. We understand from the information in the cars historical chassis file that the car was sold to the USA in 1987 where the car resided for some 29 years. During that time the car was maintained by an official Ferrari service agent. On return to the UK, the car has also been maintained by an authorized Ferrari service centre. The Ferrari Classiche authenticity programme was completed in December 2009.

Finally, the car has just completed a fresh service, new clutch and MOT (October 2017). Our 288 GTO represents a rare opportunity to own one of the most impressive and critically acclaimed performance cars of the 1980s. This ultra-low mileage 8,428 mile Ferrari offered for sale by Sports Classics London is an essential piece for any collector appreciative of Maranello’s colourful and exciting performance heritage.


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