The Ferrari 288 GTO is one of the most famous and recognisable prancing horses ever made and the first in the line of 'special series' production cars. Created as a homologation version of a 308 GTB, the 288 was reportedly produced for Ferrari to compete in Group B racing, with only 272 examples being made from 1984-1986. However, Group B was scrapped and the GTO was never to compete. All 272 examples produced remained as purely road cars and all were finished in Rosso Corsa from factory, except for one example which was Black.
Despite never racing, the car that was left behind is still one of the most remarkable looking and iconic road cars ever produced. The 288 GTO is powered by a longitudinally mounted 2.9-litre twin turbocharged V8, pushing out around 400bhp, enough to accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds flat and on to a top speed of 189 mph, making it one of the fastest road-legal cars of its era. The 288 also received a 5-speed racing transmission, a wider track and wheels, and a lightweight body comprised of aluminium and fiberglass. With just 272 examples produced during its 2 year period, the 288 GTO is the rarest of the hailed 'Ferrari Big 5', with the cars that followed, the F40, F50, Enzo, and La Ferrari all being made to higher production numbers.
The car we are delighted to offer was delivered new in July 1985 to France via concessionaire Ferrari West Europe Levallois Perret. It was supplied in the iconic Rosso Corsa over Nero Leather colourway, which it still wears today. The car was a 1 owner car right up until 2015 when it was purchased by a well-known U.K. collector and was placed into storage to form part of his collection, covering just 300km since. The 1st owner of this example was the owner of the Monaco Ferrari dealership and as a result the car has lived a no-expense spared life, with all service stamps coming from official Ferrari main dealer service centres.
The car maintains its original tool kits, spare wheel, user manual, as well as its original service booklet. This 288 GTO presents incredibly well and is showing just over 9,000 miles from new. The car was also awarded with red book Classiche Certification in 2015, confirming its originality and quality. This car offers the rare opportunity to obtain a fantastic, low mileage example of arguably one of the most important and sought after Ferraris ever built!
- Exterior Colour Rosso Corsa
- Interior Colour Black
- Drive LHD