Sell Your Dumb Organs And Buy This 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO At Auction Next Week

I actually have no clue what the going rate is for human organs these days, nor do I know if you’d have enough organs left over to actually enjoy this thing if you pulled it off. But if you want a Ferrari 288 GTO, like this gorgeous one going on the block at Mecum’s Monterey auction next week, it’s a start.

A lot of metal will get moved during Monterey Car Week, but unlike some rich Boomer on a shopping spree, I’d be perfectly happy with this 288 GTO in my garage.


Designed for but never raced in the legendary Group B horrorshow, it’s easily one of the best Ferraris ever made—and certainly one of the most hardcore. The beast packs a 400 horsepower twin-turbo 2.9-liter V8 behind the seats. And that was back when 400 HP was legitimately, demonically terrifying. Power goes to the rear wheels, as God and Enzo intended, and a five-speed gated manual does the shifting.

How many did they make? Just 272, apparently. And here’s the deal with this one:

It was delivered new in June 1985 to Paoli, Pennsylvania Ferrari dealer Al Garthwaite for his personal use and legalized by Amerispec. In late 1989 it was purchased by noted Seattle, Washington collector David Livingston, and in 2001 then-owners Ron and Betty Profili entered the car in several high-profile Concours events, sweeping Platinum class honors at the Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach, Florida, the Concorso Italiano in Carmel, California and the Concorso d’Eleganza at Lake Como, Italy. Today showing just 11,980 kilometers, this fabulous 288 GTO is well-documented with ownership history, service records, DOT papers, a Marcel Massini history report and Ferrari Classiche Certification.


Mecum Auctions expects it to fetch between $2 million and $3 million next week.

Also, it has power windows, which is nice.

Any takers?


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