1987 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione headed to public sale


The Ferrari 288 GTO was a Nineteen Eighties icon, however the Evoluzione model took it to an much more excessive degree. Now certainly one of these uncommon supercars is up on the market by way of RM Sotheby’s.

The 288 GTO was the second automobile to put on the Gran Turismo Omologato badge after the 250 GTO constructed from 1962 to 1964. Like its predecessor, the 288 GTO was supposed as a racing homologation particular, on this case for FIA Group B rally and highway racing. Group B was canceled earlier than the Ferrari manufacturing unit might race the 288 GTO, nevertheless it nonetheless went forward with manufacturing.

FIA guidelines mentioned producers needed to construct 200 highway automobiles to homologate a design for Group B. Ferrari began 288 GTO manufacturing in 1985 and ended up constructing 272 examples of the usual model. However the guidelines additionally allowed for at least 20 Evolution fashions per yr, with a larger scope for design modifications.

1987 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione (photo via RM Sotheby's)

1987 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione (photograph through RM Sotheby’s)

The 288 GTO Evoluzione took benefit of this rule provision, though the cancellation of Group B meant Ferrari constructed simply 5 automobiles. Not like the usual 288 GTO, these have been pure race automobiles.

Modified bodywork was constituted of fiberglass and Kevlar, with a carbon-fiber rear wing, holding weight down to only 2,072 lb. the Tipo F114B 2.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the usual GTO additionally obtained larger turbos, growing output from 400 hp to 650 hp and enabling a claimed high pace of 229 mph.

The automobile up on the market—chassis quantity 79888—was offered new to Belgian industrialist Jean Blaton, who raced below the pseudonym “Beurlys” from the Nineteen Fifties by way of the Seventies, typically in Ferraris. The GTO Evoluzione has modified fingers various instances since then, with billionaire and present Aston Martin proprietor Lawrence Stroll amongst its earlier homeowners.

1987 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione (photo via RM Sotheby's)

1987 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione (photograph through RM Sotheby’s)

Not too long ago freshened with a mechanical servicing and a repaint, the automobile retains its authentic engine and transmission, and is Ferrari Classiche Licensed.

Whereas RM Sotheby’s didn’t checklist a value, this 288 GTO Evoluzione will doubtless promote for critical cash given its rarity and mind-bending efficiency. An ordinary 288 GTO offered for $4.4 million on the firm’s 2022 Monterey Automotive Week sale, and the Evoluzione is rarer not solely than that automobile, but additionally the unique 250 GTO, of which 39 examples have been constructed.

The desirability of the 250 GTO means the Evoluzione may not attain the lofty monetary heights of that iconic Ferrari, nevertheless. In recent times, two of these automobiles offered for about $49.4 million at an public sale and $70 million in a non-public sale.


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