Lot 247 - 1978 Ferrari 288GTO Recreation
|Estimate||£60,000 - £70,000|
|Result||Sold - £63,840|
For years, the 250GTO had been considered the finest sports racer that Ferrari had ever produced. With an incredible racing record which was only rivalled by its sensational driving dynamics, the 250 GTO had already been cemented into sports car lore as nothing short of a legend. For Ferrari to revive that legendary moniker, the new GTO would be expected to match or surpass the 250GTO's record in motorsport. Looking to contend in the FIA Group B rally circuit, Ferrari produced and designed the 288GTO in order to homologate it for competition within that series, calling for a production run of 200 cars. Group B was incredibly popular following its introduction in the early '80s, especially in Europe, and Ferrari was eager to jump into the fray as they were certain that their car would be unmatched in competition. Sharing visual similarities with the 308 and 328, there was no denying that the 288GTO was much more special. It could rocket to a top speed of 189mph, making it the fastest road car ever produced at the time of its unveiling. Its acceleration was equally impressive and the car could reach 60mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds and 100mph in 10.2 seconds. Performance aside, the 288GTO's interior was graced with a host of modern amenities. The Kevlar-framed bucket seats were lined in leather and buyers could request air conditioning, electric windows, and an AM/FM radio/cassette stereo as optional extras. Other than those few extras, the 288GTO sacrificed nothing to distract the driver from the task at hand. The new GTO clearly resonated with Ferrari's clientele as 272 examples were built by the time production ceased, which was over 25% more than the amount required for homologation. The 288GTO was the first in the lineage of modern Ferrari supercars and it remains incredibly rare, as very few are seen out and about or even offered for public sale.
This 288GTO recreation used a 1978 Ferrari 308 as the donor car and has been modified visually to a very high standard. The work has been carried out by Berkshire Body Shop in Newbury at a cost of £48,000 with photographic evidence available of the modifications. Visually this car is the same as a 288GTO; the bonus being that this car sounds like a Ferrari, drives like a Ferrari and, more importantly, is a Ferrari. The V5 registration document confirms this recreation is powered by a 2926cc, V8 engine, with brisk performance. In July 2014, a major service was carried out and new cambelts fitted. Supplied with an MoT test certificate valid until 14th July 2015 and a history file, this Ferrari 308/288 is a superb example. With genuine 288GTO's costing anything up to £2,000,000, this is a highly attractive proposition.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.