1992 Ferrari F40SOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $750,000-$850,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $742,500

Specifications:
760bhp 2,936cc intercooled twin-turbocharged V8 engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2400mm (94.5")

Ferrari ’ s F40 was a landmark both for automobiles and for Ferrari. 1987 was the 40th anniversary of the first Ferrari and the design team was given a very special charge only the year before, “ Build a car to be the best in the world. ” Enzo Ferrari said. They did.

Constructed at the dawn of the automobile ’ s electronic age, the F40 was something of a throwback. There was no ABS, no traction control, no paddle shifting. These were drivers ’ cars and the electronics – there were plenty of them – were employed in the service of one simple goal: power. The twin turbocharged, 3-liter four camshaft V8 pumped out 478 DIN horsepower at 7,000rpm and an amazing 400 lb-ft of torque at 4,000rpm.

The chassis was based on a pair of large diameter steel tubes, the same as the first Ferrari in 1947, but instead of cross tubes it relied upon lightweight composite structures for its integrity and rigidity. Similarly, composites formed the wedge-shaped exterior, designed and wind tunnel tested by Pininfarina, whose history with Ferrari was almost as old as the marque.

Ferrari proposed only a limited run of 400 or so F40s but its reception was overwhelming, even at over $250,000 apiece, and the run kept growing until 1,315 were built by the time production ended in 1991. The F40 ’ s performance did nothing to inhibit buyers ’ enthusiasm. Its top speed was 196mph and it went from 0 to 60mph almost faster than the sweep second hand of a stopwatch: 3.8 seconds.

Competition was never in Ferrari ’ s plan for the F40. The Scuderia was – and is – focused solely on Formula One. The last competitive Berlinettas and prototypes had passed through Maranello ’ s arches years before, but the Ferrari faithful remembered the performance exhilaration of racing a Ferrari and seized upon the F40 ’ s potential. It was developed from the Scuderia ’ s F1 experience and technology and even though its road performance was the best in the world, the faithful spied within its design and construction the makings of a competitive racer.

Daniel Marin, managing director of French Ferrari importer Ch. Pozzi SA, took the initiative and induced Ferrari to authorize Michelotto, the Padua Ferrari service center, to construct a series of F40 LMs for racing under IMSA rules in the U.S.

Fourteen were built, although only the first two, built for Pozzi, were actually raced to any significant extent in 1989 and 1990. They acquitted themselves well but Ferrari never gave them the kind of factory backing and development work that could have turned them into winners.

These were followed by five F40 GTs, also built by Michelotto to regulations for the Italian Supercar Championship and, as F40 GTEs, in the mid-nineties BPR GT series. The BPR Organization adopted air restrictor regulations to handicap engine output and overall performance but the lessons learned in the earlier competition F40s were applied to the limits of the rules in building the F40 GTs for these series. These few F40 GTs were more highly developed race cars that were lighter, had better aerodynamics and sophisticated flat floor ground effects, full ball-jointed suspensions, quick fill fuel systems, wider wheels and tires, lower ride heights and other improvements that made them the most sophisticated of all the F40-based race cars, and potentially the fastest when relieved of their air restrictor trumpets.

One of these F40 GTs is the car offered here, 94362. It was delivered in late 1992 to the Jolly Club for Vittorio Colombo to race in the Italian Supercar GT Series where it joined another F40GT, 80742, which was raced by Marco Brand. Colombo and 94362 put up a perfect score in 1993 non-Championship races, then took the Championship in 1994, scoring six first place finishes out of 20 race segments and failing to finish a segment only once.

Since then it has been carefully stored, consistently maintained and used sparingly – and then only for on-track demonstration, never at speed or in competition. Still beautifully presented, it is one of the ultimate Ferraris for track use, a blindingly fast Ferrari with tire-melting performance, instant response from its race bred chassis, air gulping turbocharged V8 and purposeful Pininfarina design which makes an instant and indelible impression.

There are few experiences in life that can measure up to driving a Ferrari F40 GT, which is why most of them are carefully secured in long term ownership in the most discriminating collections.

Reference Number 10088

as of 6/1/2007

Overview
Car 1992 Ferrari F40
VIN ZFFGJ346000094362 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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