The online auction Driving into the Summer organized by RM Sotheby’s given the restrictions for Coronavirus had several interesting lots, including a splendid Ferrari 288 GTO. From May 21 to 29, a series of wealthy enthusiasts fought to get hold of each other the most precious pieces of a collection which included several Ferraris but also Lamborghini, Ford GT, Maserati and Rolls-Royce just to name a few. The 288 GTO was part of a dream triptych, designed by the Prancing Horse, which also included a Ferrari Enzo and an F50.
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The Ferrari 288 GT0 of the RM Sotheby’s auction was sold for $ 2,310,000, with only 23.555 km on the dashboard. The specimen in question was made in 1985 and is part of the only 272 units ever built of this model, all made in Rosso Corsa. Initially born with the aim of giving the possibility to approve a model for racing, the 288 GTO was quite successful also with the road version precisely, as well as for its appearance, also and in particular for its double turbocharger V8 engine that produces 400 HP and capable of reaching a maximum speed of 305 km / h, consuming the 0-100 km / h in just 4.9 seconds.
The unit sold at auction is the number 130 to have left the Maranello factory, to be sold immediately to the well-known Cavallino jewelry collector, Hartmut Ibing, first of two other owners of this model. The wealthy German was the protagonist of an unfortunate event, immediately after the purchase of this 288 GTO: his Ferrari was in fact stolen, to then be found in the United States where it had been resold to an unaware enthusiast. After recovering it, Ibing owned it until 2001, exhibiting it on one occasion also at the Nurburgring museum. Between 2017 and 2018 this specimen has undergone an important intervention, with the replacement of some components. After more than 35 years, however, it remains a particularly fascinating car, as evidenced by the over 2 million paid to grab it.
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