This book covers the background, conception, design, production and aftermath of the iconic Ferrari 288 GTO, including the prototypes, the early production cars, the mainstream production cars in their various specification guises, and the Evolution cars planned for the aborted Group B FIA race series. It features over 400 relevant photographs, from original production images to the cars as they are today, including the 1984 Geneva Salon where the car debuted, the first ever GTO Reunion in 1985, current salon and action images, right up to the 25th Anniversary Ferrari 288 GTO Reunion held in America in 2009.
Also featured are the actual factory production approval sheets, as filed with the Italian government, in an illustrated technical drawing form, along with a chassis by chassis register of every 288 GTO built, including destroyed prototypes, production cars, and GTO Evoluziones - in fact all 284 cars ever built. This book contains essential resources covering all aspects of the car, including archives, maintenance specialists, restoration specialists, worldwide clubs, parts sources, etc. A comprehensive, beautifully illustrated look at a unique sports car, and a must-have for Ferrari fans.
About the Author
Over the past 24 years, both in England and in the USA, Joe Sackey has personally owned many classic cars, including multiple Lamborghini Miuras, all Countach variants, several Ferrari F40s and 288 GTOs, and many classic Porsches. Joe's commitment in several time-consuming nut-and-bolt restorations has brought him untold knowledge and experience with these cars. In 2006, he facilitated the sale of the famed one-off Lamborghini Miura ZN75 Spyder, and in 2007, he secured the sale of yet another million-dollar Miura, the Miura SVJ, for $1.5 million USD. For 2009, Joe has organised and sponsored the 25th Anniversary Reunion of the Ferrari 288 GTO in America, held during the famed Monterey week. A world-record attendance of 288 GTOs is expected to attend. Joe is the author of the 272-page hardcover book on the Lamborghini Miura, The Lamborghini Miura Bible, published in 2008 by Veloce Publishing.
The reprints of the owner's manual and homologation papers will please those who are into facts and figures, and we particularly enjoyed the owners' experiences. Classic & Sports Car (UK) Joe Sackey is an international Ferrari Supercar Specialist, focussing on the 288 GTO, F40, FSO and Enzo. His knowledge of the subject Is almost unparalleled ... This book is a completists paradise. But it's one that is imbued with the enthusiasm and knowledge of the author. It's an Interesting read for someone interested in Ferrari but it's probably compulsory reading tor the hardcore Ferrarista ... there will be plenty of [them] who will beg and borrow for a copy of this book. And they'll love it. It's sumptuously appointed with photos, anecdotes and plenty of insights into the team that created the car, and the car itself. Recommended reading. Speedmonkey [...] fascinating. Sackey not only draws us into the exclusive world of GTO ownership, he also shares the realities of running the cars and the technical wizardy beneath the surface. Technical drawings abound, the entire owners' manual is reprinted and period testing photos hint at its untried abilities in tarmac rallying ... overall it's a good read. Classic Cars Whether you are fortunate enough to own one, are planning to buy one, or simply dream of hopefully seeing one in person in your lifetime, you owe it to your Petrolista self to pick up a copy of The Book of the 288 GTO by Joe Sackey. Five years in the making, this is without a doubt the most comprehensive, most researched book on this legendary Ferrari ... makes a great addition to any enthusiast's automotive bookshelf. Petrolicious Author Sackey follows up his brilliant Miura book with this great read on Ferrari's 288 GTO. It covers the car's background, design, production and legacy. There's a foreword by the chief engineer, plus you get full stats, reproductions of magazine reviews and stunning photos. Auto Express Joe has figured out how to create a book with 325 photos of essentially the same car and still make it interesting ... it's difficult to imagine what further information on the car might fill the pages - as good a reason as any to pick up Joe's book and fill in that empty slot in your Ferrari bookshelf. Veloce Today A tribute to a truly important and delectable automobile. The Flying Lady dominantly a visual feast. The text, although minimal, is highly informative, easy to read and downright inspiring ... this book is just about perfect. It made me fall in love with the 288 GTO all over again. Prancing Horse Sackey's book is attractively presented and contains many evocative images of the car undergoing testing and in this sense is a worthy volume to add to one's collection Glen Smale - freelance essential reading for any GTO obsessive. Evo
1. INTRODUCTION 2. 250 GTO 3. PRODUCTION 4. PRODUCTION SPECIFICATION 5. PARTS 6. GROUP B HOMOLOGATION 7. GTO EVOLUZIONE 8. OWNERS MANUAL 9. CHASSIS NUMBERS 10. REGISTRO 288 GTO 11. REGISTRO GTO EVOLUZIONE 13. THE PRESS & PERFORMANCE 14. BUYERS' GUIDE 15. 288 GTO REUNION 16. APPENDIX Index