By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128
Lot 110
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupé
Sold for € 1,817,000 (US$ 2,142,969) inc. premium

Lot Details
By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128 By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified ,1985 Ferrari  288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171 Engine no. F114B 00128
By order of the executors, One owner from new, Ferrari Classiche certified
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupé
Registration no. C908 CRU (UK)
Chassis no. ZFFPA16B 0000 55171
Engine no. F114B 00128
•Exotic Group B 'homologation special'
•One of 272 built
•Fully documented with extensive history file
•Fastidiously maintained
•Recently serviced with cam belt change

The original, immortal Ferrari 250 GTO 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 288 GTO. Like its illustrious forebear, the 288 GTO (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 for international sports car racing. However, such was the demand for this exotic model that Ferrari ended up building an extra 72.

Styled by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, creator of the awe inspiring Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona', the 288 GTO was based on the 308 GTB (another Fioravanti creation) and made its public debut at the Geneva Salon in February 1984. Fioravanti later recalled Enzo Ferrari's original design brief. 'There was no specific instruction, just to produce a car based on the 308 GTB that could be used for racing.'

Although superficially similar to the contemporary 308 GTB Quattrovalvole, the 288 GTO 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. This new frame was constructed of steel tubes in the traditional manner while incorporating the latest in Formula 1-derived composite technology in the form of a Kevlar and Nomex bulkhead between the driver and engine. 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 Formula 1 engines was deployed in adapting the 308 unit, the latter in highly modified 288 GTO 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 deliberately 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 288 GTO 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. Given its race-bred, state-of-the-art technology and drop-dead gorgeous looks, it is not surprising that the 288 GTO appealed to Formula 1 drivers of the day, with Ferrari's Michele Alboretto and René Arnoux, and even McLaren's Nikki Lauda, numbered among its owners. In the event, the 288 GTO never contested the races for which it had been conceived, as the FIA axed Group B.

In total, 272 cars were built, every one of which was sold prior to the start of production in July 1984. The 288 GTO's UK price was £73,499 at a time when a Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit cost a comparatively trifling £59,468. Just a few years after production ceased in 1987, the typical asking price had more than trebled, assuming you could find a 288 GTO for sale. Today this worthy successor to the 250 GTO remains one of the most desirable and sought-after Ferraris of recent times.

This GTO's only owner was a London-based businessman and Ferrari enthusiast who owned a number of models including a 275 GTB/4 and was also a member of the Ferrari Owner's Club of Great Britain.

Correspondence on file includes the initial contact in March 1984 with Maranello Sales of Maranello Concessionaires Limited, whereupon a £7,000 deposit was paid to order the car. The two options available at the time of order were air conditioning and electric windows; the owner opted for both. Chassis number '55171' is finished in its original colour combination of Rosso Corsa with black leather/red fabric interior trim. The original engine, gearbox and differential are retained.

Eagerly seizing the opportunity of a lifetime, the owner flew to Italy and, as illustrated on these pages, collected his new Ferrari from the factory in Maranello on 26th April 1984. He arrived back at HM Customs three days later, whereupon he paid his import taxes by banker's draft. The history file contains a memo of expenses paid, including the hovercraft crossing.

Warranted by service records, service books and MoT certificates, the odometer reading of 49,285 kilometres reflects enthusiastic yet sparing usage (averaging 2,240 kilometres annually). This GTO has benefited from the stewardship of a most fastidious owner with a continuous history of professional service and maintenance - ensuring it is in excellent condition. Having been driven regularly the car does not suffer from the issues associated with being left standing for extended periods that many lower mileage cars can have.

The body is very straight and in excellent condition, with no noticeable dents and very good shut lines and panel gaps. The paintwork is likewise very good, though there are a few isolated, and very minor, cosmetic blemishes present. The tyres show almost no wear to the tread, while the wheels appear unmarked. Only the interior shows signs of some of the car's use, there being some wear to the driver's seat squab and leather-clad door pull.

During 2015, the Ferrari underwent a £22,000 refurbishment and re-commissioning programme carried out by respected marque specialists GTO Engineering Ltd. Principal works included overhauling the shock absorbers; fitting a new clutch; overhauling the fuel tank; detailing the engine bay (with engine and gearbox removed); overhauling the electrics; refurbishing the paintwork; and a polish. The related invoices are, of course, contained within the six extensive history files that cover the entire history of the car from the original purchase. The files also contain the aforementioned ordering and purchase correspondence; the original purchase invoice; sundry servicing invoices; a spare parts catalogue; various articles, memos and notes. There are also eight expired MoTs for the period 1995 to 2014, plus a ninth (in the owner's wallet) valid until July 2016.

In addition to the files this GTO is offered with the Ferrari Classiche certification that was issued in September 2015. The car also has its owner's 288 GTO wallet that contains a lubricant chart, owner's manual, Sale & Service book, Clarion radio/cassette stereo manual, and the service voucher book. Stamped by Maranello Concessionaires and various specialists, the latter records regular servicing and cam belt changes, the most recent of which was carried out in August 2015 (at 49,283 kilometres) and included a belt change. The GTO also comes with its wheel changing tool roll.

For a car that has enjoyed regular use, this 288 GTO is in excellent condition – a testament to how well the one owner looked after it. From the outstandingly detailed – and ordered – history file, it is evident that this car wanted for nothing.

Rarely does a car take on iconic status when new, but the Ferrari 288 GTO did just that. In many ways, it is seen as the modern-era supercar that inspired the production of the Porsche 959, the Ferrari F40, the Bugatti EB110 and the McLaren F1. It was, and still is, considered by many to be one of the finest high-performance cars ever built.
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