• 3,800km (2,360mi)
• Complete with books and tools
• Complete ownership history (3 owner car from new)
• Very long-term 1st ownership
• Delivered new to U.S. and owned by large historic Ferrari
• Never Federalized as it was never registered in U.S. until it was
over 25 years old
• Classiche Certified "Red Book"
• Fully Serviced with chassis and engine restoration by
• Major services performed by Michelotto in Sept. 2020
• Ferrari letter authenticating car
• Equipped with Factory Air Conditioning and Power Windows
• 1 of 272 produced
The 288 was born out of a vision to go FIA "Group B" racing. The
308 GTB was the basis for the 288. With Ferrari being under the
Fiat umbrella during this time, Enzo was disappointed with the
products that were coming out of Ferrari. Unfortunately the "Group
B," class was canceled in 1987 before the car was completed, but
Enzo pressed on anyway. He enlisted the help of some of the
engineers from Lanica to help turn the 308 GTB into a Group B racer
with no limits. In order to have cars, "homologated," to go racing,
the manufacturer had to produce a certain amount of cars. They
produced 272 288 GTO's in total which is the fewest amount of all
of the super cars. If it wasn't for the 288 GTO, there wouldn't be
an F40 and there wouldn't be an F50.
The 288 GTO was priced at $85,000 new. The 2 8 8 GTO is one of the
most collectible modern super cars and it bears the, "GTO,"
The 288 GTO was born, "GTO" standing for "Grand Turismo Omologato,"
which equates to, "Homoligation." This was the second time in
Ferrari's history that the, "GTO" moniker was used. The first being
the 250 GTO back in 1962.
The 2 8 8 was designed to push the engineering envelope. While
doing that Enzo had a vision to make the car as light as possible.
The 288 was the first Ferrari to incorporate the use of Carbon
Kevlar composite body panels. This material was used on the hood
and roof. The doors were aluminum and fiberglass was used on the
front fascia and rear fascia. They managed to get the weight down
to 1,160kg (2,555lbs), about 550lbs lighter than the 308 GTB.
The 288 was shortened up, while the wheelbase was lengthened by 8".
The GTO had functional aero on the car with brake cooling scoops in
the front and rear, vents to feed the IHI Turbo's and a dovetail
spoiler for downforce which is also reminiscent to the 250 GTO rear
as well as the 3 vertical vents on the rear quarter panel.
The engine was a de-bored version of the 308 Tipo F160-V8, it was
debored to 2,855cc's (2.9ltr) and renamed the F114B. The engine had
dual overhead camshafts, 4 valves per cylinder, mated with
lightweight connecting rods, nickisel coated liners and heads (to
reduce friction). Ferrari looked to Japanese turbo manufacturer IHI
to engineer the Turbos for this car as they did most of the rally
cars. All of this equated to 400hp, 0-60mph in 5 seconds, 0-125mph
in 15 seconds and a top speed of 190mph; effectively making this
the fastest road going car.
The engineers had to turn the engine from being, "horizontally,"
mounted to, "longitudinally," mounted in order to make additional
room for the Turbo's.
The suspension was planted at each corner with, "Koni" coil overs.
While the brakes were Brembo disc brakes.
The 288 was a road going race car and one of the most special
Ferraris produced. The 288 cemented Ferrari's platform on the world
stage as the cars at that time were far from optimal. As much of a
race car for the street as they are, they are very amazing and
docile to drive on the street. The 2-8-8 is very easy to drive
normally, but depress the throttle hard and you feel the twin
turbo's spool and plant you back in the Daytona Seats as you row
through the 5-speed gated gear lever.
This particular example is one of the finest 2 8 8 examples on the
planet. It has traveled only 3,800km (2,360mi). It has been fully
serviced, the engine has been rebuilt and chassis restored by the
"Werks," Ferrari shop, Michelotto in Italy. This car is Classiche
Certified by Ferrari and bears its original and matching numbers
driveline, a letter from Ferrari also documents the cars
authenticity from Ferrari. This car is equipped with the rare
Factory Air Conditioning and Power Windows. This car was delivered
new to the U.S. and owned by a large known Ferrari Collector; he
had it in his collection until 2009. While in the U.S. he never
registered the car as he owned Ferrari dealerships and wasn't
required to register it. Under his ownership it traveled only 1,532
km. He sold the car in 2009 and the second owner owned until 2019.
The car was sold to the 3rd owner in 2019, and acquired by GT Motor
Cars in 2021.
This car is a true, "Investment Grade," 288 GTO.
One look at this car and you would think you were back in Maranello