1991 Ferrari F40
- Year of manufacture1991
- Car typeCoupé
- Lot number115
- Exterior colourRed
- Fuel typePetrol
Chassis no. ZFFGJ34B000084662
Engine no. 21683
- Enzo Ferrari's last masterpiece
- Handbooks, recent work
- Just serviced
The F40 is known by enthusiasts as the last Ferrari designed and built under the direct supervision of Enzo Ferrari before he died. This radical car took up the concept of the Ferrari 288 GTO which, equipped with over 400 bhp and a very sporty chassis, was capable of over 300 km/h. This extraordinary machine, accessible to a lucky few, had made its mark in the realm of high performance cars and Ferrari was keen to keep this advantage over its competitors. 1987 was a good year to introduce a successor, being the 40th anniversary of Ferrari. And so this was the year that the F40 was presented to a group of 80 selected journalists, in the presence of Enzo Ferrari, Giovanni Battista Ruzelli (director general), engineer Materassi (project head) and Fioravanti (head of Pininfarina design and research). The name was chosen to mark the age of the enterprise. Ferrari poured all its resources into the F40 which was basically a race-car adapted for the road : its twin-turbo V8 developed 478 bhp at 7000 rpm, it had incredible suspension and a rigid, lightweight chassis made from composite materials that were also used for the boot, bonnet, doors and roof. In place of the standard five speed gearbox, the client could order a non-syncromesh racing version. Ground clearance could be set at three different heights: high, standard and high-speed. From 120 km/h the ground clearance reduced automatically, and could be re-set manually. In spite of ducts and cooling vents on the body for the twelve radiators (for the engine, turbos and transmission) and very wide tyres, it had an impressive drag coefficient of 0.34. The shape of the car, designed by Pininfarina, reflected the priority given to its function and aerodynamic efficiency, as seen in the large rear spoiler almost at roof level.
The F40 has a performance that is still breathtaking today. However in 1987, it was out of this world : the car had a top-speed of 324 km/h, and could cover a kilometre from a standing start in 21 seconds, a feat only achieved by a few hand-crafted cars. Originally, a production of 400 examples was planned, but driven by demand from buyers and investors, Ferrari built almost as many as the Daytona, some 1,300 examples. A year after the car was first presented, Enzo Ferrari passed away at the age of 90, having overseen the creation of his last uncompromising masterpiece, the F40.
The Ferrari F40 we are presenting was delivered new in Austria by the Ferrari importer Wolfgang Denzel AG on 30 May 1990. It was supplied to a well-known enthusiast and collector of classic cars who has owned some of the most beautiful cars in the world. He confirmed that he later sold the car in 1993 to Ferrari Ebelein. It was then owned by an Englishman on the French Riviera, who used it very sparingly. The first service recorded in the service book was therefore only carried out in September 2013, through a well-known dealer in Monaco, when the car had covered 13,029 km. At this time, the cam-belt and fuel tanks were replaced. In 2017, when the car had covered less than 15,000 km, our client, a French collector, acquired this attractive F40. It was a dream he had long cherished and which he fulfilled just in time to take part in the marque's 70th anniversary. And so he drove the car down to the French Riviera and on to Maranello to celebrate this unmissable anniversary in style.
The car has just been serviced and the cam-belt changed; elegantly finished in Rosso Fer 300/9, with an interior in Stoffo Vigogna, the standard configuration for an F40, it has just 17,995 km recorded and is in exceptional condition.
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