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They were originally designed and built for a racing series that never materialized. Same basic engine block as the 308 and F40, they just hung some hair dryers on them..
 

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Boxer said:
Ferrari produced 272 288 GTO's. All were LHD and 20 originally were sold in the UK.
There was a 273rd "Speciale" built by Ferrari for an Ex Team Driver, Built in 1991 from original parts and painted Giallo Modena at the request of the customer.

But rumours and conjecture surround this particular car??? Not sure the truth will ever be known, except by the parties involved, But it was for sale in 2003

Argento

PS - 4 have been known to be destroyed.
 

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Argento said:
There was a 273rd "Speciale" built by Ferrari for an Ex Team Driver, Built in 1991 from original parts and painted Giallo Modena at the request of the customer.

But rumours and conjecture surround this particular car??? Not sure the truth will ever be known, except by the parties involved, But it was for sale in 2003

Argento

PS - 4 have been known to be destroyed.
Very interesting. I had never heard of this one before. Sound like a similar situation to the original Ford GT40s were they were still building "original" cars out of left over factory parts several years after it had officially been retired.
 
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