Previously the property of Michele Alboretto,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA1B000056195
Lot 164
Previously the property of Michele Alboretto, 1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta
Chassis no. ZFFPA1B000056195
Sold for € 434,000 (US$ 511,295) inc. premium

Lot Details
Previously the property of Michele Alboretto,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA1B000056195 Previously the property of Michele Alboretto,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA1B000056195 Previously the property of Michele Alboretto,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA1B000056195 Previously the property of Michele Alboretto,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA1B000056195 Previously the property of Michele Alboretto,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA1B000056195
Previously the property of Michele Alboretto
1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta
Chassis no. ZFFPA1B000056195


  • The original, immortal 250GTO had been developed for the FIA GT Championship, duly taking the manufacturer’s title for Ferrari in 1962, 1963 and 1964; clearly, any revival of the ‘GTO’ name could only be permitted for a very special car indeed. Enter the 288GTO. Like its illustrious forebear, the 288GTO (the initials stand for Gran Turismo Omologato) was conceived as a limited edition model, just 200 units being planned to meet the then-existing Group B homologation requirements. Styled by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti, creator of the awe inspiring Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’, the 288GTO was based on the 308GTB and made its public debut at the Geneva Salon in February 1984.
    Although superficially similar to the contemporary 308GTB Quattrovalvole, the 288GTO was radically different beneath the skin, mounting its V8 engine longitudinally rather than transversely, a change that necessitated a new chassis with a wheelbase extended from 234cm to 245.1cm. The alteration in engine layout had been made to accommodate twin IHI turbo-chargers and their associated Behr inter-coolers and plumbing; the adoption of forced induction requiring that the quad-cam, 32-valve V8 be downsized from 2,927cc to 2,855cc to comply with the regulations. Ferrari’s considerable experience gained from turbo-charging its F1 engines was deployed in adapting the 308 unit, the latter in 288GTO form producing 400bhp at 7,000 rpm and a mighty 366lb/ft of torque at just 3,800 revs. Top speed was a staggering 189mph.

    Its three rear-wing cooling slots recalling the earlier GTO, the 288 body likewise benefited from the adoption of F1 technology, being constructed of glassfibre and a mixture of the lightweight composite materials Kevlar and carbon fibre. Aerodynamically refined in the wind tunnel, the 288GTO sported flared wheelarches, larger front and rear spoilers, taller door mirrors and four additional driving lights in the front grille, these subtly altered looks combining elegance with muscularity in equal measure.

    In total, 278 cars are believed to have been built, every one of which was sold prior to the start of production in July 1984. Just a few years after production ceased early in 1986, the $84,000 launch price had more than trebled, assuming you could find a 288GTO for sale. Today this worthy successor to the 250GTO remains one of the most desirable and sought-after Ferraris of recent times.

    This 288GTO was delivered new on 8th May 1985 directly from the factory to Ferrari Formula 1 driver Michele Alboretto and comes with Enzo Ferrari’s personal hand-written note to the driver. Michele Alboretto had joined Ferrari in 1984 during the spectacular ‘Turbo Era’, becoming the first Italian to drive for its Formula 1 team since 1975. He won at Zolder in his debut season, and by the end of 1987 when he left to return to Tyrell, had won a further two Grands Prix for the Maranello team.
    Michele Alboretto kept this GTO until 2001 before selling it to his friend, the current owner. The service book contains Michele’s hand-written note saying, ‘Always keep this baby in the state it is in. Kind regards. Michele Alboretto.’ In 2001 the car was sent to Ferrari Monaco (Cavalieri) for restoration and comes with related invoices totalling circa €100,000 for the work carried out. The original tool kit, owner’s wallet and instruction manual are offered with the car, together with a highly valuable complement of new spare parts including cylinder heads, wheels, turbos, fuel injectors, starter motor, alternator and a leather suitcase with ‘Michele’ logo. A valid Contrôle Technique and Monaco registration papers come with it also.
    The 288GTO is one of the rarest of modern Ferrari road cars and examples are only infrequently offered for sale on the open market. Of the approximately 278 built, all are highly desirable but surely none more so than this fully restored example which once belonged to one of Ferrari’s star Formula 1 drivers, Michele Alboretto.

    Cette 288GTO, livrée neuve le 8 mai 1985 directement de l'usine Ferrari au pilote de F1 de Ferrari Michele Alboreto, est accompagnée d'une lettre manuscrite adressée personnellement à son pilote par Enzo Ferrari. Michele Alboreto, entré chez Ferrari en 1984 au moment de la formidable époque des turbos, fut le premier pilote italien de la Scuderia depuis 1975. Il gagna à Zolder en début de saison et, à la fin de 1987, avant de repartir chez Tyrrell, il remporta encore deux Grands Prix pour l'équipe de Maranello.

    Michele Alboreto conserva cette 288GTO jusqu'en 2001 avant de la céder à un ami, l'actuel propriétaire. Le carnet d'entretien contient une note manuscrite de Michele disant
    “ Garde toujours cette petite chérie dans l'état où elle est. Amitiés. Michele Alboreto ”. En 2001, cette voiture fut envoyée chez Ferrari Monaco (Cavalieri) pour y être restaurée et elle est accompagnée des factures des travaux effectués pour un montant d'environ 100 000 euros. L'outillage d'origine, le porte-documents du propriétaire et le manuel de conduite sont joints ainsi qu'un précieux lot de pièces neuves dont des culasses, des roues, des turbos, des injecteurs, un démarreur, un alternateur et une valise au chiffre de “ Michele ”. Un rapport de contrôle technique en cours de validité vient compléter les papiers d'immatriculation monégasques.

    La 288GTO est une des routières modernes de Ferrari parmi les plus rares et il n'est pas fréquent de voir ce type de voiture sur le marché. Sur les 278 (environ) voitures construites, toutes sont désirables, mais aucune ne l'est davantage que cet exemplaire restauré qui, de plus, a appartenu à l'un des pilotes vedettes de la Scuderia, Michele Alboreto.
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