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Ferrari lovers take note: Ferrari 288 GTO to be auctioned in Monterey

11 August, 2016


One of the best Ferrari sports cars ever produced — the Ferrari GTO — was a 2.8-litre twin-turbo V8 400hp gem, based on a steel tube-frame chassis dripping in carbon-fibre panels. Desirable yes, and now for sale. Mecum Auctions in Monterey have an 11,000km example for sale during their August 18–20 auction period, with optioned air conditioning, stereo, and power windows! Sound like the car for you? Of course it does, who wouldn’t want one — however, you’ll need up to US$3 million.

It seems pricey, but if you’ve got the money it would be a fantastic investment. Just five years ago, a similar example sold for US$650K. This example features certification from Ferrari’s in-house certifier and restorer, known as the Ferrari Classiche, to prove its authenticity. 

Now, all I have to do is check in between my couch cushions for the required moolah to purchase this ’80s bad boy! 

Images: Mecum Auctions

NZ Classic Car, March/April 2024 issue 392, on sale now

With this issue 392, we celebrate 60 years of the Ford Mustang.
We commence with a rare Paul Fahey replica Shelby Mustang owned by another kiwi who we should celebrate, Rodger Cunninghame.
Roger has been strutting his stuff with race cars for 50 years now and it seemed appropriate to celebrate both the milestones in this edition even though Roger is retiring from racing now, the Ford Mustang lives on.
Roger is also a longtime member of The Southland Sports Car Club (SSCC) which is also celebrating a big anniversary, its 75th. It sure is celebration time!
Quinton Taylor writes “In 1956, Rodger joined his father Bruce and his mate, club president Des Kilkelly, helping with building new grandstands at Teretonga and the start of a long association with the club.
“I was just a wee kid working with Dad on that. They had been shifted here from some other local sports club and bought here, and they had to put all the seating back on them.”
Rodger always had a liking for making things go faster and it didn’t take him long to tinker with cars as we looked through a couple of very comprehensive scrapbooks recording many amusing moments on and off the racetrack.”

Romancing the automobile and motor racing in art

The glamour and excitement of the automobile first had an impact on me through car advertisements. Growing up on Auckland’s North Shore in the conservative early ’60s, there wasn’t much dynamic stuff going on. Everything was pretty bland and socially constrained, but there were glimpses of a world beyond that lay just out of our grasp. One of these early influences was a pile of late ’50s National Geographic magazines. We received these on subscription from a generous uncle in North America. It wasn’t the articles we were poring over though, it was the advertising, particularly the art-styled American car adverts.
The evocative, lusciously coloured and boldly styled auto adverts hit me like a juggernaut.