1991 Ferrari F40
Year of manufacture1991
- Legendary supercar
- The marque's 40th anniversary Ferrari
- Very low mileage, stunning, original presentation
The very last: the F40 has the distinction of being the last Ferrari to be unveiled during Enzo Ferrari's lifetime. This was the model presented in September 1987 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in celebration of the marque's 40th anniversary. One year later Il Commendatore died in Modena and the F40 became an icon. Initial production was limited to 400 but faced with strong demand, the number of examples built between 1987 and 1992 rose to 1 311, all left-hand drive and all painted Rosso Corsa. The F40 was basically a race car for the road, and attracted all the superlatives. The 3-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, derived from the 288 GTO engine, produced close to 500 bhp and the composite shell of steel, carbon fibre and kevlar, was assembled according to a highly innovative procedure. With advanced aerodynamics, it was the first production car to exceed 200 mph.
The F40 on offer has exceptionally low mileage. It was first registered in Germany on 1 July 1991, and the current owner has informed us that it was a one-owner car when he bought it in July 2011. At that time the odometer recorded just 5 800 km and the car has hardly been used since: the mileage was recorded at 8 507 km when it was last serviced by Modena Sport in April 2015. At this point the valve gear was refurbished and the water pump replaced, as were the nuts on the rear wheel hubs. The bill for this work, in the file that comes with the car, came to over 7 000 �.
This Ferrari, having been used so sparingly, is presented in superb original condition, with plastic still covering some of the carbon coatings. The Pirelli tyres are in good condition. Inside, the Sabelt harnesses were replaced when the current owner bought the car, and the original bucket seats have been well preserved. The car comes with its cover as well as its wallet containing the traditional pocket light, owner's manual and network booklet.
A test-drive with the owner revealed that the car runs perfectly, performing with impressive efficiency on the small roads in the middle of France. Despite its age, the F40 remains one of the most imposing supercars and this little-used example must be one of the best.
In terms of price, it is clear that the F40 represents the archetypal automobile that is ever increasing in value, with the generation of 35 - 40 years now coming to the market looking to realise their childhood dreams. The F40 symbolises the ultimate icon, the Mona Lisa of the '80s and '90s, immortal, absolute, and the one that we are presenting, serviced, has covered just 8,510 km from new...