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1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

The Ferrari 288 GTO, or Gran Turismo Omologato, was a road-going version of the most advanced sports car ever. It was a race car for the streets. The design was by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fiorvanti, who had also been responsible for the 365 GTB/4 'Daytona.' Using the 308 GTB as a base, Fioravanti and Ferrari's aerodynamics engineers treated the car to a high-performance makeover that revived a few cues from the 250 GTO. It was given a built-in rear spoiler and three rear fender slats which severed as aerodynamic and performance advancements. The 208 GTO was longer an wider than the 308 GTB. It was given big bulging fenders, a wide tail, and four large driving lights. All of the 288 GTOs produced were clothed in Ferrari's classic Rosso Corsa scheme and all were left-hand-drive. The only example not painted in red was the prototype, which was yellow.

The powerplant for the 288 GTO was a 2.8-liter V8 (called the Tipo F114B) mounted longitudinally, forward of the rear axle. It had a mid-engine layout, mounted low in the chassis, giving it excellent weight distributions and stable handling.

The engine was aided by a pair of IHI turbochargers with Behrair intercoolers, an oil cooler and dry-sump lubrication. The Weber/Marelli fuel injection system was based on a Formula One design.

A first for Ferrari, the body sat over a tubular aluminum chassis. It weighed 250 lbs less than the 308 GTB, despite being bigger in every dimension.

Inside, there were few luxury amenities. The upholstered leather seats were standard, while air conditioning, a radio and power windows rounded the list of available options.

The 288 GTO had been designed to compete in the FIA's Class B series. Sadly, it never got the chance to compete in the series, as it was abruptly canceled due to track safety issues. Homologation standards required only 200 vehicles to be produced beyond the factory racers, but demand was strong and Ferrari agreed to produce an additional 72, making a total of 272.


by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2019

Related Reading : Ferrari 288 History

In 1984 Ferrari produced a street-legal car that paradoxically and magically combined the most sublime beauty with a very raw level of performance. Developed beside the Testarossa, the car also bore a name writ large in Ferrari history GTO - Gran Turismo Omologata. The 1962-64 250 GTO is perhaps the most desired of all Ferraris, and amongst the rarest. It was a notably successful racing car, homologated....
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The 288 was basically a 308 with extra aesthetic details such as vents, driving lights in the front grille, and wing mirrors. But that is where the similarities ended. The 288 was made from light-weight material such as kevlar, aluminum, nomex, and fiberglass. The engine was smaller to meet with Group B regulations. It was a 4.0 liter (2855cc) with IHI turbochargers, intercoolers, and fuel injection.....
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1985 Vehicle Profiles

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 55181

When one thinks of Ferrari and its supercars of the past thirty years it is not hard to recall the Enzo, the F50 and F40. However, to the casual Ferrari fan it is entirely possible to draw a blank as to what is considered Maranello's first true super....[continue reading]

Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: ZFFPA16B000054247

Just one glance at the aesthetically pleasing lines of the 288 GTO and its purpose become obvious. Ferrari looked to build a new car for the Group B Race series which required a minimum of 200 cars for homologation. Pinin Farina would set to work cre....[continue reading]

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: ZFFPA16B000054805

This 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO has about 37,000 kilometers, or about 23,000 miles. The car has been used sparingly since new. It spent some of its early years in Europe, and later imported to Utah in the early 1990s by race car driver Gerry Jackson and la....[continue reading]

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: ZFFPA16B000052469

This Ferrari 288 GTO is the twelfth of only 272 examples built. It left the factory finished in Rosso Corsa over black leather upholstery and equipped with air-conditioning and power windows. The original owner was Ronald J.H. Stern through Ma....[continue reading]

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: ZFFPA16B000054243
Engine Num: F114B00100

One of just 272 examples to bear the famed and iconic GTO name, 54243 would be completed in 1985 as just the 95th 288 supercar. Finished in Rosso Corsa, the interior would feature Pella Nera/Stoffa Corsa. And, while completed with the optional air-co....[continue reading]

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: ZFFPA16B000056651
Engine Num: F114B00203

Ferrari's initial planned production figure for the 288 GTO was limited to 200 examples, and all were immediately spoken for upon their announcement. Enzo Ferrari individually authorized an additional 72 cars for VIPs, such as Niki Lauda. ....[continue reading]

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: ZFFPA16B000057709

The Ferrari 288 GTO was the second model in the company's history to wear the Gran Turismo Omologato moniker. It was built to compete in Group B rallying, however the series was disbanded before the 288 GTO ever had a chance to race. Nevertheless, 27....[continue reading]

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: ZFFPA16B000055237

This Ferrari is the 137th 288 GTO built and was equipped form the factory with air-conditioning, power windows, red seat inserts, and the optional Ansa sport exhaust. It was the first example of its kind to be imported into Japan, on April 10th of 19....[continue reading]

Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 55181 
Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: ZFFPA16B000054247 
Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: ZFFPA16B000054805 
Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: ZFFPA16B000052469 
Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: ZFFPA16B000054243 
Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: ZFFPA16B000056651 
Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: ZFFPA16B000057709 
Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: ZFFPA16B000055237 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ferrari
1990Ford (912,466)Chevrolet (785,918)Pontiac (641,820)
1989Chevrolet (1,275,498)Ford (1,234,954)Pontiac (801,600)
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)1,054
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)2,841
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)2,366
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)2,223
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)904
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)2,381

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