Released in the early 1980s, the Ferrari 288 GTO had to deal with a heavy legacy. This model was the second GTO in the history of the “Prancing Horse” after the iconic 250 GTO of the 1960s and was intended to revive the company after a period of declining sales. 288 GTO was a great success, and this model is still coveted by many collectors.
A 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO sports car was sold for a very impressive amount in Paris as part of an RM Sotheby`s auction.
Ferrari 288 GTO was built on the platform of the standard 308. However, its chassis has been redesigned, and the carbon fiber and Kevlar body design was developed by the famous Pininfarina studio.
The model was created for the homologation of a track sports car for circuit racing, which required a minimum of 200 road cars to be produced. However, the racing Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione never entered the tracks, since in 1986 “group B” was abolished due to a high accident rate.
The sports car was equipped with a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that developed 400 horsepower. It accelerated to 100 km/h in about 5 seconds and had a top speed of 304 km/h.
Sold in Paris, one of the 272 produced serial copies of the Ferrari 288 GTO had a mileage of only 9559 kilometers. It has had three owners, the last one has had a car since 1998.
All original car components have been verified. The car was sold for 3,464,375 euros, about a million more than planned.