GTO – Gran Turismo Omologato

The first Ferrari to carry the GTO name was the legendary 250 GTO of the 1960’s. For Ferrari to bring these incredible letters back meant one thing, this was car going to go down in history.

In the 1980’s, world rallying was as important as Formula One, with the sport becoming increasingly popular. The Ferrari 308 GTB and Michelotto had entered the Group B category of rallying, and proved that the car was successful, taking victory in a variety of events across Europe. With this in mind, Ferrari wanted to create the next evolution, and to do that they needed to build a new car, with Group B regulations dictating a production run of at least 200 road-going examples.

Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina was engaged to create the muscular and race-like design, with cooling vents behind the rear wheel arches mimicking those seen earlier in Ferrari’s history with the 275 GTB Competizione. The bulging wheel arches, large front and rear spoilers, rear-view mirrors and four driving lamps all help make this one of the best-looking Ferraris of all time. Most of the major body panels of the 288 GTO were manufactured from moulded fibreglass, with Kevlar used for the hood, and the roof made from Kevlar and carbon fibre. This was the first Ferrari road car to use composite materials in the chassis and bodywork, resulting in increased structural rigidity while reducing the weight to a super light 1,159 kilograms.

The F114B eight-cylinder Ferrari engine was designed specifically for the 288 GTO, with a capacity of 2,855 cc. Two IHI turbochargers forced air into the eight-cylinder engine with thirty-two valves and Weber-Marelli fuel injection. FIA Group B regulations of the period employed an equivalency factor, with turbocharged engines having their capacity multiplied by 1.4 to compare them to the natural-aspirated competition. With this in mind, the 288 GTO was considered to have a capacity of 3,997, just shy of the Group B limit of 4,000 cc.

With competition the main focus of the 288 GTO, the twin turbocharged V8 engine was mounted longitudinally, ensuring great weight distribution and balance. Capable of 0-60 mph in around 5 seconds, 0-125 mph in around 15 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph, the 288 GTO was one of the fastest cars of its day.

Ferrari built only 272 288 GTOs, with Enzo Ferrari himself gifting the final example to his favoured Formula One driver, Niki Lauda. The 288 GTO is Ferrari’s first true supercar, proving there was a demand for low-volume, extreme performance sports cars, at almost any cost. Without the 299 GTO, the F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari would not exist.

This low-mileage, two-owner Ferrari 288 GTO

This example, chassis ZFFPA16B000055631, is the 139th of only 272 Ferrari 288 GTOs built, completing production at the Ferrari factory in Maranello in early 1985. Finished in Rosso Corsa over a Nero leather interior, this car remained in the ownership of its first owner for an amazing 30 years. This owner, Mr Gabriel Cavallari, owned the Official Ferrari Dealer in Monte Carlo, Monaco Motors. In 2015, Mr Cavallari confirmed his ownership, and the cars mileage of 14,149 kms to be original. During its time in Monte Carlo, this car was registered on the license ‘0999’

In 2015, this car was purchased by a well-known London-based collector, who quickly arranged for Ferrari Classiche to inspect this 288 GTO. Shortly after inspection, this car was awarded its red Ferrari Classiche Certification binder.

Since purchase by this collector, this 288 GTO has been carefully stored, covering only 300 kms. In 2016 this car was serviced by Official Ferrari Dealer, Joe Macari in London at a cost of £27,000, and is ready to be enjoyed on the open road once more.

Having covered less than 15,000 kms, or 9,300 miles, from new, with only two owners, this Ferrari Classiche Certified 288 GTO is a rare opportunity to obtain one of the greatest examples of one of Ferrari’s most significant and desirable ‘special series’ cars.