Delivered new in the UK; Ferrari Classiche certified,1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000056207
Lot 117
Delivered new in the UK; Ferrari Classiche certified
1985 FERRARI 288 GTO Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina
£2,000,000 - 2,500,000
US$ 2,600,000 - 3,300,000

Lot Details
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ZFFPA16B000056207 Delivered new in the UK; Ferrari Classiche certified,1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000056207
Delivered new in the UK; Ferrari Classiche certified
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Registration no. C487 SFE
Chassis no. ZFFPA16B000056207
* One of some 278 built
* One of 20 UK-supplied examples
* Matching numbers
* Circa 22,700 kilometres from new

Footnotes

  • The original, immortal 250 GTO had been developed for the FIA GT Championship, duly taking the manufacturer's title for Ferrari in 1962, 1963 and 1964; clearly, any revival of the 'GTO' name could only be permitted for a very special car indeed. Enter the 288 GTO. Like its illustrious forebear, the 288 GTO (the initials stand for Gran Turismo Omologato) was conceived as a limited edition model, just 200 units being planned to meet the then-existing Group B homologation requirements for international sports car racing. Styled by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, creator of the awe inspiring Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona', the 288 GTO was based on the 308 GTB (another Fioravanti creation) and made its public debut at the Geneva Salon in February 1984. Fioravanti later recalled Enzo Ferrari's original design brief. 'There was no specific instruction, just to produce a car based on the 308 GTB that could be used for racing.'

    Although superficially similar to the contemporary 308 GTB Quattrovalvole, the 288 GTO was radically different beneath the skin, mounting its V8 engine longitudinally rather than transversely, a change that necessitated a new chassis with a wheelbase extended from 234cm to 245.1cm. This new frame was constructed of steel tubes in the traditional manner while incorporating the latest in Formula 1-derived composite technology in the form of a Kevlar and Nomex bulkhead between the driver and engine. The alteration in engine layout had been made to accommodate twin IHI turbo-chargers and their associated Behr inter-coolers and plumbing; the adoption of forced induction requiring that the quad-cam, 32-valve V8 be downsized from 2,927cc to 2,855cc to comply with the regulations. Ferrari's considerable experience gained from turbo-charging its Formula 1 engines was deployed in adapting the 308 unit, the latter in highly modified 288 GTO form producing 400bhp at 7,000 rpm and a mighty 366lb/ft of torque at just 3,800 revs. Top speed was a staggering 189mph.

    Its three rear-wing cooling slots deliberately recalling the earlier GTO, the 288 body likewise benefited from the adoption of F1 technology, being constructed of glassfibre and a mixture of the lightweight composite materials Kevlar and carbon fibre. Aerodynamically refined in the wind tunnel, the 288 GTO sported flared wheelarches, larger front and rear spoilers, taller door mirrors and four additional driving lights in the front grille, these subtly altered looks combining elegance with muscularity in equal measure. Given its race-bred, state-of-the-art technology and drop-dead gorgeous looks, it is not surprising that the 288 GTO appealed to Formula 1 drivers of the day, with Ferrari's Michele Alboretto and René Arnoux, and even McLaren's Nikki Lauda, numbered among its owners. In the event, the 288 GTO never contested the races for which it had been conceived, as the FIA axed Group B, citing lack of manufacturer interest as the reason.

    It is believed that some 278 cars were built, every one of which was sold prior to the start of production in July 1984. Its UK price was £73,499 at a time when a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow cost a comparatively trifling £59,468. Just a few years after production ceased early in 1986, the typical asking price had more than trebled, assuming you could find a 288 GTO for sale. Today this worthy successor to the 250 GTO remains one of the most desirable and sought-after Ferraris of recent times.

    This car, left-hand drive chassis number '56207', is one of 20 UK-supplied examples and is fitted with the optional electric windows and air conditioning. The GTO was purchased new and collected from the factory on 2nd May 1985 by its original owner, Mr B C Oates, who kept it for the next 11 years. On 23rd March 1995 the Ferrari was registered to one Paul Baber, solely for the purpose of transferring its registration (see letter on file), and shortly thereafter passed to its second owner, Peter Rae, though it was never registered in his name.

    On 27th April 1996 the car was registered to its third owner, Nigel Labram. Its fourth owner, David Gill, purchased the Ferrari at Bonhams' Geneva Sale in March 2003 (Lot 159). The current vendor has owned the car since 2016.

    There is an extensive accompanying history file that includes all original documentation relating to ordering and collecting the car from the factory, together with subsequent detailed service history at recognised specialists. The most recent major service, including a change of cam belts, was carried out in August 2016 by Hoyle-Fox Classics.

    It should be noted that the speedometer was changed by Maranello Concessionaires in September 1988 at 7,992 kilometres, and that the current odometer reading is 14,730 kilometres, making the total distance travelled from new 22,722 kilometres (approximately 14,100 miles). Accompanying MoT certificates and the service history support the conclusion that the recorded figure is genuine.

    A measure of this car's quality and originality may be gained from the fact that it was chosen as the subject of a detailed feature in Auto Italia magazine in 1998 and displayed at the 2003 Autocar awards ceremony in London as part of a Ferrari main feature. In September 2016 it was displayed at Salon Privé, Blenheim Palace.

    Finished in original Rosso Corsa with a beautifully patinated Nero leather interior, the latter featuring Daytona seats with Rosso cloth inserts, '56207' comes with comprehensive service history, a UK V5C Registration Certificate, current MoT, and the all-important Ferrari Classiche certification. Naturally retaining all of its original documents, tools, and books, this car represents a rare opportunity to acquire a 288 GTO with known provenance.
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