1985 Ferrari 288 GTO 


Location: Ferrari Beverly Hills Collezione

Chassis: #55713

Engine: 2.9L V-8

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual

Design: Pininfarina

Mileage: 12,240 km (7,605  mi)

Color: Rosso Corsa | Pelle Nera

Production run: 272

Certificates: Ferrari Classiche Red Book


No. 54235 was the 171st 288 GTO to leave the Maranello assembly line in March of 1985. It is presented in its original color combination, with the classic Rosso Corsa Ferrari (300/6) exterior paint and interior in Pelle Nera (8500). This GTO has been a part of a prominent Los Angeles Ferrari collection since 2009. After a long search, the current owner found and acquired the car from passionate Ferrarista Bob Law of Reno, Nevada. Law, kept the car in shrine-like conditions in a special room of his house, surrounded by 288 GTO memorabilia, but had to let it go for personal reasons.

In June of 2009, the consignor commissioned a full repaint of the body from FastCards Ltd, the notorious Ferrari specialists of Redondo Beach. The intervention is described in a series of detailed receipts and the result was concourse quality. Moreover, we are in possession of a series of other receipts from FastCars Ltd which have serviced and meticulously cared for the car regularly between 2009 and today. Most notably, the twin-turbo V8 engine was completely disassembled and rebuilt in April of 2009, a major timing belt service was performed in 2011 and other servicing interventions were made. On top of this, just before being offered for sale in October 2018, the car was brought in for another major belt service, a new clutch was installed and the breaks bled. All receipts are available for review and total over $33,000.

The regular servicing and the observable sublime mechanical and cosmetic condition of the Ferrari, paint the picture of a collection piece that has been fastidiously looked after, but also occasionally driven, shown and enjoyed. In fact, this car was selected to be displayed at the prestigious “60 Fabulous Ferraris on Rodeo Drive” show for the 60th Anniversary of Ferrari North America. While in 2017, on occasion of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary year, No. 55713 was a museum piece for the “Seeing Red” exhibition at the Petersen Museum. Beyond these outings, the 288 GTO is not known in the auction scene and has only been in few careful private hands.

This car mounts an appropriate after-market exhaust, but the original system with which the Ferrari Classiche certification was obtained, is included in the sale. Interior-wise, the iconic MOMO steering wheel is mint, as well as all the gauges, switches, buttons and carpeting. The Daytona seats show beautifully, the leather still soft and shiny. All electronics and lights are properly functional, including the original optional air conditioning and power windows. The Veglia Borletti odometer marks just 12,240 km, the equivalent of 7,400 miles an average of 224 miles per year. As mentioned above, a major service was completed just before the consignment of the car, completing the picture of a diligently maintained Ferrari in dream-like conditions. Needless to say, the car has painless cold starts with no smoke.

“ The grip of the car on the road is phenomenal and noticeably increases with speed. On the very slowest turns, such as a hairpin where the tendency is for the front end to push, power oversteer can be used to good advantage, but with little fear of spinning the car. In fact, few cars I have driven can be gotten so far around and still be considered under control”  Phil Hill- Road & Track Magazine, August 1984.

When the Group B rally championship was established in 1982 with loose regulation 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 (headed by Ing. Nicola Materazzi) and asked the great Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina to design a car based on the Ferrari 308 that would put him once again on the top of the world. The union between the design and the engineering 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 rallying proved to be too dangerous for the drivers and too costly for manufacturers. It was disbanded before the 288 GTO ever had a chance to race in the series, leaving the car without the opportunity to prove its capabilities. But Maranello’s loyal customers didn’t need to see the car win and begged Enzo to get their hands on his first true and modern 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 boasts a wheelbase longer than the production 308 GTB. 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 include 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 is independent in the front and rear with wishbones, coil springs over tube shocks, and antiroll bars. Braking comes from huge ventilated discs. The transmission is a five-speed manual with a Formula 1-derived twin-plate clutch. However, the GTO’s biggest 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-seater V8 models. It all made for stellar performance and staggering numbers: 400hp 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 meant this was the first street-legal car to break the 300km/h wall. Overall, this brilliant engine and mechanical setup opened the doors to a new era of supercars.


It is seldom that a 288 GTO, the rarest of the Big Five, is offered for private sale. Take into account the perfect maintenance history of this exemplar, its low-mileage, limited ownership and cosmetic condition and you have the perfect modern investing and collecting piece. A great occasion to acquire what will forever be known as one of Enzo’s latest and most perfectly crazy creations.


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