1985 Ferrari 288 GTO 


Location: Ferrari Beverly Hills Collezione

Chassis: #54235

Engine: 2.9L V-8

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual

Design: Pininfarina

Mileage: 9,060 km

Color: Rosso Corsa | Pelle Nera

Production run: 272

Certificates: Ferrari Classiche Red Book


No. 54235 was the 92nd 288 GTO to leave Maranello, it was imported to Switzerland by S.A.V.A.F of Meyrin, in the Canton of Geneva. On April 24th of 1985 the car was delivered to Swiss bottle-cap magnate Albert Obrist, an avid Ferrari collector and gentleman driver. It is presented in its original color combination with the classic Rosso Corsa Ferrari (300/6) exterior paint and interior in Pelle Nera (8500) with Stoffa Rossa Daytona inserts. This GTO is one of few (believed to be 19) built in a lightweight trim, which truly embodies the racing spirit of this rally-conceived car. It was given manual windows, and deprived of air-conditioning and radio. It is also equipped with a four-point harness, a fire extinguisher, a spare wheel and a trumpet-style exhaust.

In May of 2009 No. 54235 was sold by Hampshire Classics Ltd in the UK to an American buyer who imported the GTO Stateside and registered it in New Jersey. In 2010 it was acquired by the current owner in a deal facilitated by Ferrari Beverly Hills and it has since resided in his Nevada collection. On 10/13/2010, the Ferrari Classiche department awarded No. 54235 the Certificate of Authenticity, confirming that the car is matching numbers and conforms to factory standards.

It appears that the car has been repainted at some stage of its life, and thanks to a flawlessly completed job, the exterior is today in fantastic condition. The engine bay is also particularly clean and tidy, while the front trunk contains an unused factory spare tire. The shut lines between all panels are perfect, and there are no signs of rock chips or paint cracks.

Interior-wise, the iconic MOMO steering wheel is mint, as well as the gauges, switches, buttons and carpeting. All electronics and lights are properly functional.The driver seat presents the normal wear signs that one would expect from an original interior. Incredibly, the odometer marks just 9,059 km, the equivalent of 5,630 miles. The car currently mounts correct 255/50R16 Michelin Pilot-Sports in fresh condition on all four corners. Moreover, a major service was completed in February 2018, completing the picture of a diligently maintained Ferrari in dream-like conditions. Needless to say, the car starts easily and without any smoke.


As the Group B rally championship was established in 1982 with few and loose regulations and low homologations numbers (200), Enzo Ferrari saw the opportunity to bring another World Championship to Maranello. He commissioned a twin-turbo engine from his engineers (led by Nicola Materazzi) and asked Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina to design a car based on the 308, that would win him the Group B. The combination of the two was so spectacular that il commendatore decided to bless it with the three most coveted letters in the Ferrari repertoire: G-T-O.

Sadly, Group B proved to be too dangerous for the drivers and too costly for manufacturers and it was disbanded before Ferrari ever had a chance to enter the series, leaving the car without the opportunity to prove itself. But Maranello’s loyal customers didn’t need to see the car win and begged Enzo to get their hands on his first true supercar, so production went ahead. Only 272 were delivered in total, making the 288 GTO the rarest of the Ferrari “big five”.

Built on a sturdy tubular steel chassis, it boasted a wheelbase longer than the production 308 GTB, and it rode on four-wheel independent suspension. The new Tipo F114B mid-mounted V-8 was installed longitudinally rather than transversely with four valves per cylinder, twin IHI turbochargers, and dual Behr intercoolers. Other competition-oriented features included an oil cooler, dry-sump lubrication, intercoolers to reduce the turbos’ inlet air temperature and an electronic Weber-Marelli injection and ignition system based on Ferrari’s Formula 1 setup.

Suspension was independent in the front and rear with wishbones, coil springs over tube shocks, and antiroll bars. Braking came from huge ventilated discs. The transmission was a five-speed with a Formula 1-derived twin-plate clutch. The Ferrari 288 GTO’s largest innovation was its construction. For the first time on a road car, Ferrari employed space-age composite materials in the chassis and body. This increased structural rigidity while decreasing weight. The factory quoted 2,552 pounds, more than 700 pounds lighter than its other two-seat V-8 models. It all made for stellar performance and staggering numbers: 400 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, 366 pound-feet of torque and a 0-62 dash in just 4.8 seconds. Top speed? A record-breaking 190 mph, which made it the first street-legal car to break the 300km/h wall. Overall, this engine and mechanical setup opened the doors to a new era of supercars.


We can confidently say that few cars in the market represent a better buying opportunity than this 288 GTO. Thanks to its low mileage, special trim and fantastic certified condition, it simply ticks all the boxes of a discerning collector and Ferrari enthusiast. Follow your dreams and acquire what will forever be known as one of Enzo’s most perfectly crazy creations.


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