Lot 52

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $2,507,500


$2,500,000 - $3,000,000



Car Highlights

Ferrari’s First Limited-Edition Modern Supercar
Among Just 272 Examples Produced
Competition-Oriented Specifications; Exceptionally Maintained
Exceedingly Well-Preserved and Only Sparingly Used
Accompanied by Ferrari Classiche Red Book and Marcel Massini History Report

Technical Specs

2,855 CC DOHC Twin-Turbocharged Alloy V-8 Engine
Weber-Marelli Fuel Injection
400 BHP at 7,000 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Double Wishbones and Coil Springs

Saleroom Addendum

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Paul Eidsmore, Scotts Valley, California (acquired new via Lightspeed S.r.l. of Italy in 1986)Bob Law, Reno, Nevada (acquired by 2004)Current Owner (acquired in 2009)

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, California, 2004Concorso Italiano, Monterey, 2009Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, California, 2014Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, “Seeing Red” Exhibition, 2017

Introduced in 1984, the Ferrari 288 GTO preceded both the F40 and Testarossa. Drawing on the experience gained by the Michelotto team from its success with Ferrari’s 308, the twin-turbocharged and intercooled 288 GTO was the answer to FIA Group B race and rally homologation regulations in 1984. The new GTO stirred so much interest that Ferrari built 72 more examples than were required. Still, with just 272 units produced, the 288 GTO remains considerably rarer than every other modern Ferrari supercar.

Accompanied by a detailed history compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this stunning 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, chassis 55713, was completed on March 26, 1985, with both factory options: air-conditioning and power windows. Characteristic of most 288 GTO production examples, it was originally finished in Rosso Corsa Ferrari with Pelle Nera (Black Leather) upholstery.

The GTO was delivered new on October 8, 1985, in Italy to dealer Lightspeed S.r.l., and subsequently was shipped to the US and federalized by G & K Automotive Conversion of Santa Ana, California. The first recorded American owner was Paul Eidsmore, a resident of Scotts Valley, California, who acquired the GTO in 1986. The next caretaker of 55713 was noted Ferrari connoisseur Bob Law of Reno, Nevada, who owned the vehicle in the 2000s and is understood to have created a special room in his home to showcase the car along with the 288 GTO memorabilia he had collected. Mr. Law showed 55713 at the second edition of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in Carmel Valley, California, in August 2004. Reluctantly, he sold the vehicle in 2009 to the Los Angeles-based consignor, who finally secured it after a lengthy quest for a suitable 288 GTO to join his private collection.

This 288 GTO clearly benefits from fastidious regular service and maintenance, including the full disassembly and rebuilding of its potent twin-turbocharged engine during April 2009. In June 2009, the consignor entrusted the car to Ferrari specialists at FastCars Ltd. in Redondo Beach, California, to perform a full exterior refinish to concours standard. Service work also includes a major timing belt service in 2011. More recently, in October 2018, another major belt service was performed, a new clutch installed, and the brakes serviced, confirmed by more than $30,000 in detailed receipts on file.

This 288 GTO remains in outstanding mechanical condition and has only been occasionally and sparingly enjoyed under the current ownership. Chassis 55713 has also been displayed at select Ferrari exhibitions, including in 2014 at the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills; the 288 GTO Reunion at the 2009 Concorso Italiano in California; and the 2017 “Seeing Red” exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which honored Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. In June 2014, 55713 passed the rigorous Ferrari Classiche certification process; the Classiche Red Book accompanies the sale.

In addition to its mechanical fitness and captivating exterior, this modern classic Ferrari icon features an impressive interior, with a flawless MOMO steering wheel as well as top-quality instruments, switches/control buttons, and carpeting. The iconic Daytona-style seats also show beautifully with supple and glossy leather. The consignor reports that electronic items and lights, the vehicle’s factory-optional air-conditioning system, and power window lifts function properly. While presently fitted with an excellent aftermarket exhaust system, the original system, denoted by the GTO’s accompanying Ferrari Classiche certification, is included with the sale.

Displaying only 12,249 km (7,605 miles) on the odometer at the time of cataloguing, this example is accompanied by extensive service receipts. A superb example benefiting from the proper care of a true connoisseur, this Ferrari 288 GTO represents a thrilling and rare find on every level.