1991 Ferrari F40SOLD
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Estimate: €230.000-€260.000

€286.000 Sold

471 bhp, 2,936 cc double overhead cam, four-valve V-8 engine, Weber-Marelli electronic port fuel-injection, twin IHI turbochargers with Behr intercoolers, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic dampers and anti-roll bars, four-wheel ventilated hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,450 mm (96.5 in.)

Introduced at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, Ferrari’s new F40 stunned the industry, as it combined raw-edged, radical styling with state of the art mechanical technology. Without question, driving an F40 is best described as a visceral experience, hammering the senses with its blinding acceleration, quick reflexes and howling exhaust note. The experience is addictive, a powerful narcotic for the soul of a driver. More than anything else, its absolute purity of purpose underlines the experience. Few concessions were made to creature comforts – no radio, no carpets, no power windows, not even door panels. Instead, racing seats with red Nomex covers clarify the point, which is of course, uncompromising performance.

Cost-no-object engineering produced advanced specifications that remain state of the art even today, including a carbon fibre and Kevlar reinforced steel space frame chassis with composite body panels. The car’s Evoluzione twin turbo, intercooled, four-cam, port-injected V-8 engine is controlled by a race-proven Weber-Marelli engine management system. In true Ferrari tradition, the F40 bridged the gap between road and racing cars, and with its Formula 1-inspired technology, the F40 created a huge stir when it was launched. Aggressive and purposeful, it utilised massive wheels and tyres, which benefited from tremendous wind tunnel-tested downforce, and few cars, even today, can match its handling and terminal velocity of 320 km/h.

The twin-turbo road-racer weighs just 1,100 kg and is blindingly quick. Several magazines road tested the F40 in the late 1980s, and recorded a zero-to-100 km/h time of just 3.9 seconds, zero to 160 km/h in 7.8 seconds, and zero to 225 km/h in just 14 seconds. Other independent tests clocked it a couple of tenths quicker to 100 and 160 km/h. Either way, the F40 was the fastest road car ever produced upon its introduction, and it remains truly staggering in every respect today. In fact, over 20 years later, the F40 retains its supercar status and remains in a unique, rarified class with such heavyweights as the later McLaren F1. In drafting its list of the 25 greatest supercars, the US Automobile magazine proclaimed, “The F40 is a car that you tame, a car you have to master. It's hugely satisfying and exhilarating to drive fast, even if you may feel a tinge of fear when the turbos come in with a bang”.

Conceived in 1986 at the urging of Il Commendatore to commemorate the first car that bore the legendary Ferrari name, the F40 was also the last car that he would see introduced by the marque he founded. Gino Rancati, a friend of Enzo Ferrari, originally suggested the name F40. A silver plaque commemorating the occasion was inscribed, “To Gino Rancati for a brilliant idea.” The accompanying letter said, “Dear Rancati, with this plaque I want to commemorate our meeting on the 4th June when you kindly contributed to the choice of name for the GT car we presented at the Frankfurt motor show. Your contribution has produced excellent results – the ‘F forty’, based on the idea of forty years of Ferrari cars, identifies and personalises the fastest Ferrari GT. Kindest regards. G.B. Razelli.” Next to this, in slightly shaky script with violet ink was, “To Signor Gino, Ferrari.” Ferrari initially proposed a limited run of only about 400 F40s, but the unanticipated strong demand dictated that by the time production ended in 1991, over 1,300 examples had found new owners.

The 1991 F40 offered here, chassis no. 88835, is indeed a very fine representative of this elite breed. Purchased new by an Italian collector, it was equipped with a non-adjustable suspension system and delivered new with catalytic convertors, making it the most desirable specification of all F40s. In September 1991, the car appeared at the Ferrari Club Italia meeting in Mugello, where it predictably created a sensation. The second owner, who purchased the car in 1998, sold it shortly thereafter in December 2000 with just 18,600 kms to the current owner, who purchased the car for his esteemed collection. Since acquiring the car, the vendor has preserved the F40 in very good, well-maintained order, adding just over 4,000 kms on the road during the intervening years. Most notably, the car has not suffered an accident in its entire history. Currently road registered in Italy, this F40 remains without question a very attractive and well-maintained example of one of the purest and most exciting Ferrari road cars ever produced.

Reference Number 41608

as of 4/5/2009

Car 1991 Ferrari F40
VIN ZFFGJ34B000088835 
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