Ferrari 288 GTO, an ’80s icon, heads to public sale


The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO wasn’t offered within the U.S. when new, however because of the 25-year rule this instance might be provided on the market throughout RM Sotheby’s public sale coinciding with 2022 Monterey Automobile Week. It is scheduled to go beneath the hammer Aug. 20.

The 288 GTO was the second automotive to put on the Gran Turismo Omologato moniker after the uber-rare and uber-expensive 250 GTO. Like its predecessor, the 288 GTO was meant as a racing homologation particular, on this case for FIA Group B rally and street racing. However Group B was cancelled earlier than the 288 GTO might race, leaving Ferrari with a hardcore street automotive to hawk to clients.

Whereas it resembles the lesser Ferrari 308 GTB, the 288 GTO has an extended wheelbase and a bespoke engine. The longitudinally mid-mounted Tipo F114B twin-turbo 2.8-liter V-8 produces 400 hp and 366 lb-ft of torque, getting the 288 GTO from 0-60 mph in about 4.9 seconds.

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO (photo via RM Sotheby's)

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO (picture through RM Sotheby’s)

The V-8 is housed in a tubular metal chassis with principally fiberglass physique panels, though the hood and roof are constructed from a mixture of carbon fiber and Kevlar. Giant fender flares accommodate tires which might be 8.0 inches large on the entrance and 10 inches on the again.

This instance—chassis 58335—was initially offered by a Los Angeles supplier, and has optionally available air con and energy home windows. It’s Ferrari Classiche licensed and at present exhibits 9,323 miles on the odometer.

Ferrari finally constructed 272 copies of the 288 GTO, much more than the 39 examples of the 250 GTO, however lower than the 599 copies of the 599 GTO (which wasn’t meant for racing). That is the context for a pre-auction estimate of $3.7 million to $4.2 million—a considerable sum of money, however nonetheless a fraction of what a 250 GTO instructions.


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