Classic Cars

1984 Ferrari 288 GTO, Father Of The F40, Heads To Auction

A lightly used example of a great car.

The Ferrari 288 GTO is a strange car for a couple of reasons. The first of these is that it was the first Ferrari to be badged “GTO” and then not race. Of course, it was intended to race, that's what it was built for. But Group B racing ended just before the car was finished, and it never had a chance. Ferrari went ahead and homologated it anyway, even doing away with the original production cap of 200 units once it proved popular.

Although the 288 GTO was based off the 328 (which was itself essentially an updated 308), the car's racecar aspirations are obvious inside and out. Customers could order air conditioning and power windows, but the heart of a turbocharged 2.8-liter V8 still beat inside it, to the tune of 400 horsepower. That was a lot for 1984, but most of the 288's speed came from its lightness, and it made extensive use of Kevlar, quite an advanced material for the time. This particular car was sold originally to a Japanese collector but is left hand drive. It has just 10,000 km on it, was overhauled in 2010 and is expected to go for as much as $2.4 million.

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