1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
Year of manufacture1985
Mileage2 428 mi / 3 908 km
Electric windowsYesClimate controlYes
Exterior brand colourRosso Corsa
Number of doors2
Number of seats2
Please note this car is SOLD!
Model Variant: GTO
Exterior Color: Rosso Corsa
Interior Color: Nero
Current Mileage: 2,428 miles
Engine Capacity/Power: 2.9 liter, 4-valve, twin-turbocharged V8/394BHP
Top Speed: 189 MPH
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Designer: Leonardo Fioravanti for Pininfarina (Styling) and Nicola Materazzi (Engineer)
Limited Series: 1 of 273
Production Order: NA
Parent Company: Ferrari S.p.A/FIAT
Public Debut: 1984 Geneva Salon
Predecessor: 250 GTO (spiritual) and 308
Years Produced: 1984 - 1987
Examples Produced in This Color: 272
Examples Produced in This Interior Package: NA
Examples Produced for U.S.: 25 all federalized (estimated)
Total Production: 273
• Restored by Michelotto
• 1 of 273 original 288 GTOs
• 2,428 original miles
• Factory A/C and power windows
The Ferrari 288 GTO was first among Ferrari’s lineup of Supercars so designated by the company as its decennially produced, limited edition flagship of cars subsequently succeeded by the F40, F50, Enzo and La Ferrari which incorporated Ferrari’s latest racing derived technology applied to their state of the art road-going cars.
The 288 GTO (Type F114) was a limited edition, exotic development of Ferrari’s enormously popular entry level workhorse, the 308 GTB, and produced in Ferrari’s Maranello factory from 1984 through 1987. The GTO designation stands for Gran Turismo Omologata (homologated) and a modern homage to the landmark 250 GTO which served as Ferrari’s flagship from 1962 to 1964
The 288 GTO was originally designated to participate in the FIA’s Group B category of sports car racing which was created as an underclass to the Group C prototype class, and supplanting Group 5 as the production based GT category. Just as Group C prototypes caught on with sports car manufactures, Group B caught the imagination of manufactures such as Audi, Peugeot, Ford and Lancia which saw fertile ground for the cars in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and they built tremendously powerful four wheel drive production-based cars to compete, transforming the category into a golden age for rallying which ran from 1982 until 1986 when the cars were running in excess of 1,000BHP and were deemed too powerful and unsafe to continue after driver and spectator deaths tarnished the class.
“Group B rules were intended to regulate racers that were developments of high-performance road cars. From the outset there was little or no demand, and consequently no market, for Group B-spec GTs.” legendary motorsport photographer and writer John Brooks states. “The cost of producing 200 examples for homologation was out of the question financially for Porsche and Ferrari who were both in a very different commercial position in the mid-80s than they are today”.
Brooks elaborates, “Only Ferrari and Porsche produced endurance sports cars to Group B specifications. Ferrari had Michelotto use the 288 GTO chassis to create the GTO Evoluzione but none of the six cars constructed ever made it to the races. The exercise was used to develop components and lightweight materials that found their way on to the soon to be launched F40. Porsche built just one 961 based on their 959 model, it finished 7th at Le Mans in 1986 and was partly burnt out the following year after an accident on the Sunday morning”.
From the beginning, Enzo Ferrari’s entire business plan was putting racing technology to work in his road cars as he had starting building and selling road-going cars to finance his racing ambitions. Ultimately, the first production turbo Ferrari engine appeared in the 288 GTO which embodied turbo technology Ferrari was gaining in Formula One at the time. The 288 references the GTO’s 2.8 liter DOHC, 4-valve V8 with IHI twin-turbochargers, cooled by Behr air-to-air intercoolers and featuring Weber-Marelli fuel injection.
The extremely compact 2.8 liter engine sits longitudinally in the middle of the car directly behind the cockpit. The extra space in the engine bay is taken up with the turbo chargers and intercoolers and the extra plumbing surrounding it. The 5-speed manual gearbox is located in the traditional place at the rear of the car with drive supplied straight out to the rear wheels.
Perhaps more than any other car, the 288 GTO was the manifestation of the “racing car for the street” concept and setting the tone for the modern Supercar. A contrast in methods as the minimal interior gives way to a luxurious cabin featuring comfortable leather seats and air conditioning all with properly placed buttons and switches.
Given their staggering performance 288 GTOs are remarkably agile and comfortable cars to drive. Celebrity owners have included fashion designer Ralph Lauren, 1982 Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg as well as Ferrari contract drivers Michele Alboreto, Niki Lauda and Enzo Ferrari himself.
As collectible cars, the Ferrari 288 GTO has emerged as one of the most desired of the low-production Ferraris with only 273 made, they are rarer than younger brothers F40, F50, Enzo and La Ferrari. The original MSRP for the 288 GTO was $83,400, only marginally more than sister car, the 308 GTB. An investment in the car when new would see it grow to enormous heights as the cars are now trading well into the millions of dollars as they check all the boxes prized by serious collectors, hand made, low production numbers with racing car performance packaged in a beautifully Pininfarina sculpted body.
This 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO (#5727) in traditional Rosso Corso with black leather interior is a recent restoration from Michelotto, showing only 2,428 miles and in superb cosmetic and mechanical condition and features rare factory air conditioning and power windows. The car is complete with books, tools, and Classiche certification.
Ferrari Supercar models compared:
Model Years produced Total
288 GTO (1984 - 1987) 273
F40 (1987 - 1992) 1,311
F50 (1995 -1997). 349
Enzo: (2002 - 2004) 400
La Ferrari (2013 - 2016) 499
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