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post #1 of 20 Old 08-01-2007, 05:33 AM Thread Starter
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I just went in a GTO!!!!

I just had a ride in a 288 GTO. It belonged to my friend who has now sold it to a collector in Cape Town. It is going to be delivered in the next couple of days.

The car has just been completely restored and unfortunately it couldn't be revved too high as it is still being run in.

One of the most awesome machines I have ever laid eyes on!
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-01-2007, 07:18 AM
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congratulations !

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Awesome!!!!!

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Great. What did it feel like when the Turbos kicked in ?
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So, how was the ride?
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Very nice, did you get some photos? Do tell how it felt to ride.
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:thumbup: That must have been fabulous, tell us about the experience

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Quite possibly the only Ferrari I could like more than my 348. Soooooo Sweeet. The turbos destroy the sound but the looks are second to none.

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Sorry guys, the time zones play havoc with responding timeously.

The car has just had a complete engine rebuild and therefore it couldn't be revved too high. The (outgoing) owner spooled up the turbos once and sitting in the passenger seat I heard a fantastic whoosh.

The most remarkable thing about the car (apart from its mad appearance) was that it was remarkably civilised. At idle it sounds like a less extreme version of the 355 engine note and nothing like the 308/328.

I was most surprised by the clutch action which was far lighter than my 308. It has just had a new clutch fitted though...

This was the first time I had been able to look at a GTO up close and in spending two hours with the car I noticed several details that are not apparent in pictures or scale models such as the little duct just behind the rear quarter windows.

We took several pictures of the GTO alongside the F40 albeit with my friend's camera - as soon as I get the pics I will post them.

I have now been around the track in F40 and F50 and been for a ride in a GTO. I have only sat in an Enzo though!!!

To see where the car is going, check out the website www.fmm.co.za. It is a private collection.

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All right! That's amazing. Just making us all jealous....
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Attached are two pictures of the GTO and F40. The GTO is now part of a collection that is complete with F40, F40 and Enzo alongside.
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It's a shame they will be in a collection and rarely used. What a waste.

Can't you persuade the museum curator that you ought to test drive them once a month to ensure they don't sieze up

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The museum it is going to is a private collection and as far as I know the cars are used fairly regularly.

The point is right though, any one of us would use the car in the manner Enzo intended as frequently as humanly possible!!!
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Great Pictures! And as least they will be used regularly. You can't let a car like that sit on its haunches the rest of its life.
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288 GTO what a magnificant shape! very intoxicating.

Love that F-40 too, but what's up with those import tuner wheels
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Attached are two pictures of the GTO and F40. The GTO is now part of a collection that is complete with F40, F40 and Enzo alongside.
Was the 288 GTO originally delivered in France ? Car on the left in the second picture is a fantastic piece of engineering.
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a rare experience. i am happy for you. and thank you for sharing this!
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post #19 of 20 Old 08-12-2007, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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I assume that the question about being delivered in France is on account of the tinted foglamps? Funnily enough it took a miracle to locate a genuine pair of GTO lamps as the old ones were cracked.

The car was in South Africa until 1993 (I am not sure when it arrived but it was some time in the 1980s) and then after being sent to Belgium ahead of the 1994 elections, it was brought back into SA late last year.
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I assume that the question about being delivered in France is on account of the tinted foglamps? .
Yes, the only time I have seen the tinted lights is on French delivered cars.
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