Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Black 288 GTO

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The Ferrari 288 GTO suffered an unusual start in life. Crafted for the Group B regs that were then almost immediately abandoned, the mid-eighties turbonutter became essentially a race car without a race series; the highly modified homologation version of the 308 platform ended up being solely a road car - 272 were built, and just one of them was black. This one.
The model was the first road-legal production car to boast a top speed in excess of 186mph (or 300km/h). It had a 2.8-litre V8 with twin IHI turbos, adjustable suspension, bodywork made from a mix of fibreglass and carbon-Kevlar, 10"-wide rear wheels with 265-section tyres, and brake cooling slats stolen from the iconic 250 GTO.
It may have been a motherless mongrel at the time, but that didn't stop pretty much every contemporary F1 driver buying one... and now they change hands for £2m+. Who needs Group B?

Spotted at Salon Privé 2016 - more pics here.

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