The criterion for purchasing a LaFerrari is rather strict to begin with. One of the prerequisites requires that all applicants have previously purchased two Ferraris new from the dealership, and owned six Ferraris in total over the past ten years. So it is not a surprise that real estate mogul Jon Hunt has a Ferrari 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo in his collection. What is a surprise is that when the call came from the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Hunt decided to use his friends and family to help him drive his entire Ferrari collection from London to Modena to pick up the newest flagship vehicle from Ferrari.
The Ferrari 288 GTO was one of the most highly anticipated models to be released by Ferrari. Once debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1984, the 288 GTO created the “instant collectible” market for automobiles – those rare examples of automotive excellence that have always commanded a price greater than the original sticker.
The Ferrari 288 GTO received its name from having a 2.8-liter engine of eight cylinders with the GTO being a direct reference to the 250 GTO race car of the 1960’s. The body of the 288 GTO was designed by Pininfarina design chief Leonardo Fioravanti who used the Ferrari 308 GTB for the basis before adding the styling of the 250 GTO.
The engine of the 288 GTO was equipped with two Japanese IHI turbochargers along with an oil cooler, dry-sump lubrication, intercoolers to reduce the air temperature of the twin turbos and an electronic injection and ignition system derived from Ferrari’s Formula 1 competition racers delivering a staggering 400 horsepower making the 288 GTO 130 horsepower greater than the 308 GTB. Additional performance enhancements included an independent front and rear wishbone suspension; coil springs over tube shocks and antiroll bars.