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Designed for racing
The 288 GTO, the legendary predecessor to the linear tradition of modern boutique supercars that continues to this day, is the father of highly desirable models such as the anniversary-celebrating F40 and F50, the flagship Enzo, and the unparalleled LaFerrari today. The 288 of the FIA’s 1984 Racing and Rally homologation regulations, which were built to fierce specifications for a series that was eventually scrapped before the car proved its worth, became famous. It was without a doubt a true supercar designed without compromise.
Built on a sturdy tubular steel chassis with a wheelbase longer than the 308 GTB, the GTO boasts four-wheel independent suspension and large ventilated disc brakes to deliver competition-worthy handling quality. The new Tipo F114B longitudinally center-mounted V-8 engine features four valves per cylinder, uses Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection, IHI twin-turbochargers, and twin Behr intercoolers to develop 400 horsepower and 366 pound-feet of torque, capable of unleashing The car accelerates to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds.
Main body panels are crafted from lightweight fiberglass, while the hood and roof are woven from carbon fiber and Kevlar, foreshadowing carbon fiber structures soon to dominate supercar production. The van’s design may have superficially resembled the 308 GTB, but it boasted aggressive flared wheel arches that accommodated 8-inch-wide front wheels and 10-inch-wide rear wheels, and larger wings installed front and rear, as a result of the high winds. Tunnel test. The rear fenders featured three cooling vents behind the wheels, in a fitting tribute to the original Gran Turismo Omologato, the 250 GTO.
A direct competitor to the Porsche 911 Turbo and Lamborghini Countach, the 288 was able to reach a top speed of 189 mph, making it a true rocket ship for the road. However, it is also well equipped with leather upholstered seats, optional air conditioning and power windows. Despite the creature comforts, a dashboard dominated by a large 10,000-rpm tachometer, turbo boost gauge, oil pressure and temperature gauges, and a water temperature gauge signify the model’s true identity as a competition-defined sports racer. .
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Completed in mid-1985 and fitted with a proprietary factory engine, the 288 GTO is finished in classic Rosso Corsa (300/6) paint over Nero (VM 8500) leather and is equipped with factory air conditioning and power windows, amenities not found in many more often in other 288 GTOs. A new berlinetta was sold by official Ferrari dealer Cris Vandagriff’s Hollywood Sports Cars in Los Angeles, California, and Vandagriff has reportedly kept the GTO as his personal car for a number of years.
After showing Ferrari at the FCA meeting in Lake Lanier Island, Georgia, in June 1989, and taking first place in his class, Vandegreve eventually sold the car in 1994 with just 1,000 kilometers displayed on the odometer. Sold in 1994 to Roy Polachek of Orange, California, the 288 won a class award at FCA’s Concours d’Elegance International Auto Show in Monterey, California, in August 1994, and two days later the car was shown at the Concorso Italiano in Cowell lodge. For two consecutive years (1995 and 1996) the GTO was shown at Skeets & Sharon Dunn Picnic at Osuna Ranch, California.
In 1996, Ferrari was bought by AS Fisher of Greenwich, Connecticut, and presented the car at the FCA annual meeting at Lansdowne Resort and Summit Point in Leesburg, Virginia, in May 1997. After being sold from Mr. Fisher’s group in 1999, the 288 passed after General to Bruce Lustman of Aspen, Colorado, and a vehicle display at the Rosso Rodeo Concours d’Elegance held on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, in June 2001. In February 2007 the GTO was sold to Tom Horan of Denver, Colorado, and when it was offered for sale Two years later, the odometer still displays a desirable low figure of 14,441 kilometers (~8973 miles), showing that the car continued to enjoy pleasant driving use.
After being acquired by a New York-based collector in 2009, the 288 Ferrari Classiche Red Book was released in February 2010 which confirmed the continued existence of all mechanical components with identical numbers. In 2011 the GTO was acquired by The Pinnacle Portfolio Collection, and for the past 11 years the car has been optimally maintained and enjoyed occasionally, achieving only minimal additional mileage. Width of 15,004 kilometers (~9,323 miles) when indexed, this superbly maintained $30,000 serviced Ferrari supercar was handled in 2011 by Professionals at Continental Ferrari in Chicago, Illinois, and in preparation for the current show, has been presented Vehicle to Ferrari Central Florida for a comprehensive service including all-important timing belt replacement. The dispatcher reported that it is currently in perfect operating condition, indicating that miles of exhilarating driving pleasure await the future caretaker.
In addition to its significant autobiography at the show, this Ferrari is one of the 288 known GTO models to have appeared on the cover of Automobile magazine and within the pages of Playboy. Certified by the Ferrari Classiche Red Book, and a coveted option with air conditioning and power windows, this humble 288 GTO engine is a very attractive example of Maranello’s pioneering mid-’80s supercar. It invites the next owner to confidently present the car at the Regional Concours d’elegance or enjoy the race-ready drivetrain at events such as the Ferrari Historic Challenge.
Whatever the occasion, this shimmering berlinetta beautifully fulfills the model’s original performance-oriented design brief, more than justifying its legendary three-letter suffix, the GTO.
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