1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

A bold move for RM Sotheby's paid off with $228M in Monterey
Thursday, 18 August - Saturday, 20 August
Sale Price
3750000 - 4250000
Est. Range
20 August 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
VIN: ZFFPA16B000058335. Rosso Corsa over black leather. 2855/400hp twin-turbo V-8, 5-speed, air conditioning, power windows, Ferrari Classiche certified, recent timing belt service reported.

Evaluation: Delivered new to Hollywood Sports cars in LA and reportedly kept by owner Cris Vandagriff as his personal car for nearly 10 years. Featured on the cover of Automobile magazine and in the pages of Playboy. Showing just 15,004 km (9324 miles). Very good paint with only minor stone damage to the nose. The engine and mechanicals are clean but not overly detailed, and the left exhaust outlets hang visibly lower than the right, the driver seat has a few wrinkles and creases and the driver footwell carpet is a bit worn and dirty. A good looking, lightly used 288 GTO.

Bottom Line: The original Ferrari halo car and with 272 built the rarest, the 288 GTO isn’t a car that comes to market often, so we were watching this one closely. Even more closely as Monterey Car Week progressed, since the F40, F50 and Enzo all broke world record prices in the prior days. 288s have also come a long way in price. Ten years ago these weren’t even seven-figure cars, and in 2016 this one was a $1.95M no-sale at RM Arizona. Here, though, it completed the sweep and brought more than any 288 has at auction previously. 

by Andrew Newton
27 August 2022
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