Bonhams : One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146

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Lot 24
1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta

Sold for £ 1,513,500 (US$ 1,957,271) inc. premium
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new
1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta
Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633
Engine no. F114B/146

Footnotes

  • 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 for international sports car racing. Styled by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, creator of the awe inspiring Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona', the 288GTO was based on the 308GTB (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 308GTB that could be used for racing.'

    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. 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 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 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 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. Given its race-bred, state-of-the-art technology and drop-dead gorgeous looks, it is not surprising that the 288GTO 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 288GTO never contested the races for which it had been conceived, as the FIA axed Group B, citing lack of manufacturer interest as the reason.

    In total, approximately 270 cars are believed to have been built, every one of which was sold prior to the start of production in July 1984. Its UK price was £73,499 at a time when a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow cost a comparatively trifling £59,468. Just a few years after production ceased early in 1986, the typical asking 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.

    Chassis number '55633' was delivered new in Turin, Italy via Symbol Car SpA (Walter Bordese) to its first and only private owner, a resident of Milan and, later, Monaco, who is now aged 86. The original Warranty Card is on file together with service records that show servicing by Ferrari in 1985 and subsequently by a specialist in Milan (on two occasions) while in November 2013 the car was fully re-commissioned by Cavallari (Ferrari Monaco). It possesses a current UK MoT certificate and we are advised that Ferrari Classiche certification was applied or in March 2014 and is expected imminently. The car also comes with Monegasque Carte Grise, its original owner's handbook and all tools.

    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 270-or-so built, all are highly desirable but surely none more so than this unmolested, one owner and little used example.
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One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
One private owner, 29,000 kilometres from new,1985 Ferrari 288GTO Berlinetta  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000055633 Engine no. F114B/146
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