Sunday, July 1, 2012


Is this some sort of 288 GTO racer?  It looks amazing.


  1. definitely not 288 - there is no visible gearbox cover. 308-328 or something, IMHO

  2. Fiberglass body work to steel and dry sump oiling systems to wet and quad-carbs to injection were just a few of the updates that took place along side engine size increases from 3.0 to 3,2-liters over the production car's production run. While all of this was taking place, clients and a variety of aftermarket tuners and race shops took it upon themselves to go racing with what Ferrari had intended only for street use.

    An extremely limited production run of an in-house designed and then cancelled FIA Group B racer in the early 1980s led to the one-year-only 288 GTO of which just 272 were produced. Initially designed to have all-wheel drive, the production version retained the standard rear-wheel drive configuration with twin-turbo-charged engine on a slightly longer wheel-base to accommodate an engine that was now in the longitudinal position.

    Clients who continued to race the original and modified variants by both the FIA and IMSA GTO/GTU rules continued to use the variations of Ferrari's original GTB platform well into the early 1990s.


    This particular racer began life as did most as a normal production USA model Ferrari 308 Road Car with normal road-registration and appropriate title. Early ownership and history is unknown and while no longer even remotely road-legal, it does retain an original title and as such quite rare for such a race car which are normally owned and sold on a bill of sale only.

    Construction and conversion work started in 1990 and it was built at the time to the IMSA GTO/GTU rules that required stock chassis, suspension, engine block and head and silhouette body work. You could basically add or delete just about anything else and reinforce where needed plus the mandatory safety features.

    The body is based on the homologated 288GTO Evoluzione program and extremely beautiful giving the car a clean and clear appearance of going 200mph while standing still!

    The design and construction of this car went all out but the work took far too long and when done in 1993, the 1994 rules changes made the car obsolete and the new owner, ArtSports stored the car with occasional track use during club days only.

    A little more than a year ago the car was updated with new 3.2-liter engine and programable MOTEC fuel-injection, dash and engine management control system. The car has no accident damage and very little indication of the limited track use it has had in years gone by.

    The motor currently has only set-up and dyno time and produces in excess of 300bhp at less than 7,000rpm!

  3. For sale at Symbolic Motors for $80K