Although many people don’t know it, the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione is a truly special car within Ferrari’s long history, and this is it. Born in the mid-1980s with the aim of creating a competition car for the FIA’s Group B, the model laid the foundation for one of the most important and valuable cars from the house of Maranello to date. : Ferrari F40, However, this 288 GTO Evoluzione has a lot of value in itself, so much so that it has now become an iconic piece for collectors Only 5 existing units in the world. Now one of them is going up for auction at one of the upcoming RM Sotheby’s auctions.,
A failed competition car that replaced the F40 . laid the foundation of
as a sample The Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione, initially bred for the Group B category, planned to produce 200 copies to homologate the car to compete., However, in 1986, the same year that production began, the FIA decided to phase out these Group B after a series of accidents and mishaps. This slowed the development of the model when Ferrari produced only 5 copies.
Compared to the traditional 288, this GTO Evoluzione version was born as a more powerful and lighter version, with a 650 hp engine (150 more than the standard GTO) and a weight of only 940 kg thanks to the Kevlar and fiberglass body., The result was a Ferrari capable of reaching a monstrous top speed of 370 km/h dating back to the 1980s and eventually becoming the perfect prototype to develop the great Ferrari F40.
All this, added to the peculiarity that only 5 units of failed homologation exist in this animal world, result in a car whose value is difficult to estimate. The copy in question was completed in 1987, when it passed into the hands of Belgian businessman Jean Blatten, however In later years it ended up in other hands, including an F1 acquaintance such as current Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll.As we have known for years, Ferrari is a diligent collector of models.
fully restored to its original condition
In recent years it has also received a Extensive restoration in Michelotto’s workshop, together with Pininfarina responsible for its construction, so the model is currently impeccable and virtually returned to its original specification, albeit with a new coat of paint and new internal components, For all these reasons, RM Sotheby’s doesn’t even anticipate the possible price that this particular Ferrari piece might reach in India. Auction to be held in Germany next October 19-21,