Ferrari 288 GTO, an ’80s icon, heads to auction


The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO wasn’t offered within the U.S. when new, however due to the 25-year rule this instance can be provided on the market throughout RM Sotheby’s public sale coinciding with 2022 Monterey Automotive Week. It is scheduled to go underneath the hammer Aug. 20.

The 288 GTO was the second automobile to put on the Gran Turismo Omologato moniker after the uber-rare and uber-expensive 250 GTO. Like its predecessor, the 288 GTO was supposed as a racing homologation particular, on this case for FIA Group B rally and highway racing. However Group B was cancelled earlier than the 288 GTO might race, leaving Ferrari with a hardcore highway automobile to hawk to clients.

Whereas it resembles the lesser Ferrari 308 GTB, the 288 GTO has an extended wheelbase and a bespoke engine. The longitudinally mid-mounted Tipo F114B twin-turbo 2.8-liter V-8 produces 400 hp and 366 lb-ft of torque, getting the 288 GTO from 0-60 mph in about 4.9 seconds.

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO (picture through RM Sotheby’s)

The V-8 is housed in a tubular metal chassis with largely fiberglass physique panels, though the hood and roof are created from a mixture of carbon fiber and Kevlar. Massive fender flares accommodate tires which might be 8.0 inches vast on the entrance and 10 inches on the again.

This instance—chassis 58335—was initially offered via a Los Angeles vendor, and has non-compulsory air con and energy home windows. It’s Ferrari Classiche licensed and at the moment exhibits 9,323 miles on the odometer.

Ferrari finally constructed 272 copies of the 288 GTO, much more than the 39 examples of the 250 GTO, however lower than the 599 copies of the 599 GTO (which wasn’t supposed for racing). That is the context for a pre-auction estimate of $3.7 million to $4.2 million—a considerable amount of cash, however nonetheless a fraction of what a 250 GTO instructions.


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