Saturday, September 11, 2021

Ferrari 288 GTO

The Ferrari 288 GTO (Type F114) is an exotic homologation of the Ferrari 308 GTB produced from 1984 to 1987. It is designated GT for Gran Turismo and O for Omologata. (homologated in Italian). The GTO never raced and all 272 cars built remained purely road cars.
The GTO was based on the rear mid-engine, rear wheel drive 308 GTB with a 2.9 L (2,927 cc) V8. The "288" refers to the GTO's 2.8 litre DOHC 4 valves per cylinder V8 engine. It has IHI twin-turbochargers, Behr air-to-air intercoolers, Weber-Marelli fuel injection and a compression ratio of 7.6:1.
The 288 GTO is considered today to be the first of Ferrari’s modern supercars. It made an indelible mark on the automotive industry despite never seeing competition. It is highly prized today and an essential part of any Ferrari collection.

Hagerty values a concours quality GTO at $3.7m
The GTO could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in around 5 seconds with 0-125 mph (201 km/h) coming in 15 seconds onto a top speed of 189 mph. (304 km/h) It was the fastest street-legal production car of its time.
The cars are intensely collected. This 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO with 2,900 miles from new hammered for $3.3m in January 2020..
The GTO was the first in the lineage of modern Ferrari supercars, and it remains rare, as they are seldom seen outside of air conditioned garages or for public sale. It quickly became the must-have Ferrari for collectors.

With a low build number of 272, 288 GTOs are among the best Ferrari investments.