1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

When the new FIA Group B Race and Rally regulations were introduced in 1984, Ferrari endeavored to create a model that would hark back to the glory days of the 1962-64 250 GT models. The 400-horsepower, twin-turbo 288 GTO of 1985 was the result. It benefited from the intensive race and rally experience the Michelotto Company had gained from their successful and active campaign of the Ferrari 308 models.

To fulfill Group B regulations, 200 examples were required to be built; however, the popularity of the new model necessitated the construction of another 72 cars. Accordingly, the 288 GTO models found new homes as rapidly as they circled any track.

The 288 GTO’s wheelbase was 100 mm more than that of the 308/328 series. The bodywork was made in GRP and carbon-compound material with aluminum doors, boot, and bonnet, and featured flared wheelarches to accommodate the eight-inch wide front wheels and ten-inch wide rear wheels. The rear wheelarches had three slots behind the wheel, a small tribute to the slots found on the original 250 GTOs. At the front, four driving lights were set in the radiator intake and were complemented by a deep chin spoiler.

Although spartan, the interior was fully trimmed. Air conditioning and electric windows were the only options available on the 288 GTO. Following the theory used in the 308 GT/M’s engine placement, the new V8 engine, Tipo F114B, was mounted longitudinally instead of transversely. This 400-horsepower engine featured four valves per cylinder and twin IHI turbochargers plus twin Behr air-to-air intercoolers as well as a Weber-Marelli electronic injection and ignition system. All cars were delivered in left-hand-drive configuration and came finished in one classic color combination-Rosso Corsa with black interior.

The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO offered here was delivered new in Canada to the Ferrari dealer in Toronto for his personal collection. The car remained in his personal collection until his death in 1994 and with his estate ever since.

Today, as a result of fastidious care, this remarkable 288 GTO may be the lowest mileage and highest quality example remaining, with just 1,231 kilometers since new. This car has both factory air conditioning and power windows.

Finished in Rosso Corsa, as expected, 57701 features a black leather interior with red cloth inserts, and a black dash. In addition, a full set of tools and all factory manuals are included, in new condition. The 1985 288 GTO has been serviced recently by a marque specialist, including fuel system, ignition, and brake services, and replacement of all fluids. A full belt service was performed, all service schedules are up to date, and the car is understood to be in top condition.

The 288 GTO was the first modern Ferrari supercar, and collectors are finally recognizing the exceptional value they represent in the market today. The example offered here must certainly be one of the very finest remaining, and worthy of the most demanding collection.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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