<B>1985 Ferrari 288 GTO</b>
Lot 77
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
Sold for US$ 2,112,000 inc. premium

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1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

VIN. ZFFPA16B000056651

Engine no. F114B00203

2,855cc DOHC Twin Turbocharged V8 Engine
394bhp at 7,000rpm
Electronic Fuel Injection
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Offered by the original owner
*Only 7,500 Kilometers from new
*Impeccable and documented history
*Ferrari's first road going supercar
*One of only 272 built


The original, immortal 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. Styled by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, creator of the awe inspiring Ferrari 365GTB/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 glass fiber and a mixture of the lightweight composite materials Kevlar and carbon fiber. 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, citing lack of manufacturer interest as the reason.

Testament to its relevance in reviewing the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, Road & Track chose to compare it with a 288 GTO, producing many memorable quotes, from author Chris Chilton: 'The 288 GTO's blistered fenders and quad headlamps are pure lust', 'If there's one thing that really dates the 288, it's the steering because it's finger-tingling spectacular. Short on kickback but big on the richly textural feedback that reminds you how sanitized most modern systems are' 'While the GTO wasn't Maranello's first boosted mid-engine road car, it's the first one you should care about.' and 'There are no disappointments with the GTO; you make no excuses for its age. You drive it, abuse it like a new car. And then you get out wondering how it must have felt in 1985 to experience something so brutally rapid as its 189-mph top speed.'

With total production amounting to only 272 cars, every one of which was sold prior to the start of production in July 1984, these cars have been covetable ever since the production ceased in 1986. Priced at $85,000 new, within the next three years asking prices for the few that had made their way to North America were pushing seven figure sums. The modest number built particularly compared to all subsequent Ferrari flagship supercars has ensured that today it is truly a worthy successor to the 250 GTO and remains one of the most desirable and sought-after Ferraris of recent times.


Acquiring a 288 GTO in 1985 was no easy task. The initial 200 planned production cars were all immediately spoken for upon their announcement, and Enzo Ferrari individually authorized an additional 72 cars for VIPs, such as Niki Lauda. Against all odds, one truly determined individual by the name of Eddie Regner would go on to acquire one of those hallowed 272 cars.

In those days, Eddie Regner was a well-known and well-respected figure in the Northeastern car community. He was an adept mechanic and ran his own shop based in Connecticut. He possessed a passion for racing and a true appreciation for the engineering behind Ferraris and their marvelous competition cars. Eddie caught wind of the 288 GTO and simply had to have one. After learning that all of the cars were already spoken for, he reached out to a number of his close friends and Ferrari enthusiasts, the likes of which included Stanley Nowak. Miraculously, they were able to deliver, and Eddie was presented with the opportunity to purchase Brentwood Volvo's allocation for their 288 GTO. He couldn't accept the offer fast enough.

After securing the allocation for the supercar, Eddie and his son planned a trip to Italy where they would tour the countryside and take delivery of the iconic 288 GTO in Modena. The Regners were taken on an all access tour of the factory and witnessed the majority of the 272, 288 GTOs in their various stages of assembly. They had the opportunity to watch the cars go down the assembly line as they received their final touches, and even witnessed their own car being brought to Maranello, where any imperfections found were marked with yellow circles and addressed accordingly until the car was perfect. While at the factory, the Regners had the privilege of conversing with Ferraris' top engineers & drivers, all of whom had direct input on the creation of the car. This trip is extensively documented in the car's in-depth history file.

On May 27th, 1985, the car was signed out of the factory, specifying Eddie Regner's name on the original factory invoice. Upon its US arrival, the car was taken to Berlinetta Motorcars of Long Island, New York, to be federalized - during the process, Eddie's name was stamped on a plate in the door jamb which is still present today. This shop was specifically chosen due to their minimalistic approach to the federalization process. As a result, the car was spared of the cutting and welding that some other federalized cars underwent. As part of the process, its odometer fascia had been converted to appear to read in miles, but with the minimalistic approach, only the fascia was changed and the instrument continues to count kilometers.

During its younger years the car was used sparingly on fair weather days and made appearances at Ferrari club events across the country. As word of the 288 GTOs mind-blowing performance quickly spread, it became legendary in the motoring community. Demand for the supercar went through the roof, subsequently raising its value to a point where Eddie no longer felt comfortable driving it recreationally. In the mid-1990s, the car was safely tucked away into a climate controlled garage where it has laid dormant until very recently.

Eddie has made the decision to part with the car after 30 years of ownership and as a result, has recently brought it to a respected marque specialist where the paint and interior received a sympathetic detailing; leaving the vehicle in outstanding condition. The body is very straight with everything lining up, just like it did the day it left the factory. The original paint presents beautifully, only showing some minor imperfections that one might expect of a vehicle that has traveled only 7,500 Kilometers. Inside the all-business interior is slightly refined with the addition of air conditioning and power windows. The firm and supportive red and black Kevlar seats show minor signs of wear from the car's very limited use. Only a few months ago, the car received a full major engine service replacing anything that may have tired over the years while it was stored. Accompanying the GTO is exceedingly rare Schedoni luggage, the original spare, both sets of keys, along with a tremendous history file that includes the original certificate of origin, manual, warranty card, factory invoice, and EPA, DOT, and NHTSA paperwork.

The last few years have seen the 288 GTO rightfully assume its status as a truly collectible icon, by merit of its modest production, iconic design and blistering performance. In the July 2016 issue of Octane magazine which featured Niki Lauda's 288 GTO, Joe Sackey stated "Subsequent supercars pay homage to the GTO. Three decades ago, Ferrari hit this one out of the ballpark." With only about three dozen of these cars believed to exist in the U.S. today, they are quite a rare sight. Even more uncommon of an occurrence is the opportunity to purchase one, let alone one that has traveled less than 7,500 kilometers and has been with its original owner since new. Do not miss this chance to acquire what very well may be the greatest of its kind.

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