288 FERRARI GTO OF F1'S WALTER WOLF AT BONHAMS ZOUTE SALE

GTO LEADS FERRARIS AT BELGIAN AUCTION WHERE BMW, PORSCHE, MERCEDES-BENZ AND ROLLS-ROYCE ALSO STAR

Announced by Enzo and unveiled at the 1984 Geneva Salon, Ferrari's stunning 288 GTO, designed by the creator of the hallowed 'Daytona', featuring race-bred, state-of the art technology, was an instant sensation.

Every example of the limited run was sold before production began, with the first owners including Formula 1 drivers Keke Rosberg and Niki Lauda and former team owner Walter Wolf, founder of the Wolf Racing Formula 1 team, who took delivery of the 1985 Coupé which will lead the Bonhams Zoute Sale on 9 October.

Introduced two decades after the immortal 250 GTO, which won the FIA GT Championship three years running for Ferrari, the 288 GTO was conceived as a homologation special edition to meet Group B international sports car racing requirements, although Enzo Ferrari's original brief was simply 'to produce a car that could be used for racing.'

Based on – and superficially similar to – the contemporary 308 GTB, the 288 GTO was a different beast under the skin – indeed, a wolf in a sheep's clothing. The Ferrari V8 engine was mounted longitudinally on a new, extended chassis, with the addition of F1 inspired twin IHI turbo chargers which increased the power to 400bhp, allowing a staggering top speed of 304 kmh (189mph).

F1 technology was also used in the bodywork, which was partly constructed of Kevlar and carbon fibre, while wind-tunnel refined aerodynamics included flared wheel arches and larger front and rear spoilers. The 288's three rear-wing cooling slots deliberately recalled the earlier GTO.

Finished in classic Rosso Corsa over black leather, the 288 offered was supplied to Garage Foitek AG in Zurich and sold new to Wolf, whose team finished second in the 1977 Formula 1 season with its South African driver Jody Scheckter at the wheel.

Subsequent owners have racked up a total of just over 25,600kms and the 288 GTO has retained its original leather wallet, jack, tools and books. It has an estimate of €3,700,000 – 4,100,000.


1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L 'Lusso' Berlinetta, estimate €1,650,000 – 1,850,000

FERRARI FEVER AT ZOUTE

A string of Ferraris will, as ever, be offered at Zoute, including a pair of Maranello's style icons of the 1960s: a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L 'Lusso' Berlinetta, estimate €1,650,000 – 1,850,000, and a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (estimate €1,100,000 – 1,400,000).


1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet, estimate €1,100,000 – 1,400,000

This example of the Pininfarina-designed and Scaglietti built Lusso Grand Tourer was displayed at the 50th Paris Motor Show of 1963. It is offered in superb condition, having been the subject of a full engine rebuild in 2021, with fully matching numbers and is currently undergoing Ferrari Classiche certification. Its stablemate cabriolet – the rarest and one of the most desirable 250 variant – is offered with a factory hardtop and was fully-restored in the late Nineties. This example is already Ferrari Classiche certified.


2010 Ferrari 599 GTO, estimate €750,000 – 950,000

Also offered is a 2010 Ferrari 599 GTO, only the third model to carry the Gran Turismo Omologato designation. Developed from the original 599 GTB, the Ferrari's mighty 6.0-litre V12 engine delivered 671bhp. This immaculate example of a contemporary collectable supercar has covered a mere 7,890 kilometres from new. Estimate €750,000 – 950,000.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

The 2022 Zoute Sale will present its largest selection to date of collector cars from the classic to the contemporary era, with 90 motoring jewels being offered, from the cream of automotive marques including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Rolls-Royce. Further highlights include:


1957 BMW 507 Series I Roadster with Factory Hardtop, estimate €2,000,000 – 2,500,000

1957 BMW 507 Series I Roadster with Factory Hardtop, estimate €2,000,000 – 2,500,000. BMW's celebrated and glamorous sports car was feted and owned by the jet set including Hollywood stars and royalty. One of only 34 Series 1 examples produced, this car has desirable Rudge wheels and factory hardtop. Eligible for the Mille Miglia Storica, the 507 is offered with BMW Classic Master Expertise.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, estimate €1,200,000 - 1,400,000. This US-based 507's rival is also Mille Miglia Storica eligible, and indeed participated in the 1987 edition. This superb example of the 'Gullwing', finished in classic red over black, and subject of a spectacular restoration by specialist Paul Russell, has competition history from the 1970s, including racing at Laguna Seca, before it was sold into a major US East Coast collection.


2004 Porsche Carrera GT, estimate €1,250,000 – 1,350,000

2004 Porsche Carrera GT, estimate €1,250,000 – 1,350,000. Another modern collectable supercar, the Carrera GT emerged from a still-born Le Mans racing car project. Powered by a 5.7-litre V10 engine, housed in a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, this race car for the road, with a rear wing rising automatically at 120kmh (75mph), has a top speed of more than 321kmh (200mph). This rare European-specification example has covered just over 20,000 kms from new.


2015/2020 Rolls-Royce 'Silver Spectre' Shooting Brake, estimate €300,000 – 350,000 No Reserve

2015/2020 Rolls-Royce 'Silver Spectre' Shooting Brake, estimate €300,000 – 350,000 No Reserve. Based on a Rolls-Royce Wraith, this one-off shooting brake was conceived by the Dutch Niels van Roij Studio, with the conversion carried out by Carat Duchatelet. Its lengthy roof was crafted out of lightweight carbon fibre, its interior finished with a striking 'infinity starlight' headliner, claimed to be a world's first. This 'must-have' for the Rolls-Royce connoisseur has covered 17,800 kms from new.

2009 Maserati Bellagio Fastback Shooting Brake, estimate 150,000 – 200,000. One of only four such Maseratis, based on the Quattroporte and created by Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring, this exclusive Bellagio was ordered new by Italian financier and former Ducati president, Dr Carlo Bonomi. It is presented in a striking 'forest green' metallic over brown leather, its features include Borrani Bimetal wheels and a champagne refrigerator.

The Bonhams Zoute Sale will be staged as part of the Zoute Grand Prix in the Belgian resort of Knokke-Heist, with the saleroom located on the beach opposite the Albertplein square.

Viewing will open from Thursday 6 October until the sale itself at 2pm on Sunday 9 October.

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