1989 Ferrari F40
Lot 132
1989 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta Chassis no. 80696
Sold for €255,000 (US$ 327,726) inc. premium

Lot Details
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1989 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 80696

Footnotes

  • Cette F40, châssis N. '80696', est un des premiers modèles non catalysés produits.

    Elle est livrée neuve au 'Garage Francorchamps' en Belgique en Avril 1989 avec des vitres coulissantes comme option. Le 28 de ce mois d'avril, son premier propriétaire Michel Neugarten en prend possession. Ce dernier fait un usage routier de sa voiture pendant quelques années avant de faire réaliser une préparation 'racing' par le 'Garage Francorchamps'.

    En 1993, Michel Neugarten participe avec sa voiture aux championnats GT Italien et BPR.

    A la fin de sa carrière en compétition, '80696' subit une révision du moteur, de la boîte de vitesses et des transmissions par le 'Garage Francorchamps' où elle restera stockée.

    Le propriétaire actuel a acquis cette F40 restaurée en mai 1999 avec 28.163 kilomètres au compteur. Il l'a utilisée lors de meetings Ferrari. Depuis qu'il possède cette F40, le propriétaire en a confié l'entretien régulier au 'Garage Francorchamps', à 'Gipimotor' et à 'Francorchamps Racing Cars'.

    Liste des modifications apportées à cette F40 : aileron arrière réglable type F40LM, amortisseurs Koni F1 réglables, amélioration des freins (compatible avec les jantes d'origine de 17''), coupe-circuits manuel et automatique en cas de choc, extincteur habitacle et compartiment moteur, harnais multipoints, refroidissement de la 'waste gate', échappement libre (silencieux d'origine disponibles) et reprogrammation de la gestion électronique de l'injection ('Garage Francorchamps') permettant d'atteindre 540 cv (selon réglage de la 'waste gate'. Le propriétaire nous indique que ces modifications sont compatibles avec un usage routier.

    En novembre 2009, le véhicule a été entièrement révisé. A cette occasion, les courroies de distribution ont été changées (ainsi que les galets tendeurs et les poulies d'arbres à cames) et les réservoirs contrôlés mais non remplacés.

    Le kilométrage de la voiture est actuellement de 33.285 Km.




    The ex-Michel Neugarten, Italian GT Championship and BPR Series

    'The take-up into the next gear is flawless and, with the turbos cranking hard, the blast of acceleration just goes on again and you seem to be in a blur of time conquering distance, gearshifts and noise. It has the tonal quality of an F1 engine, if not the sheer ferocity. From outside, if you stand and listen, you hear the frantic whoosh as the turbos start to drive oh-so-hard.' - Autocar magazine, May 1988.

    Introduced in 1988 to celebrate Enzo Ferrari's 40 years as a motor manufacturer, the F40 was the ultimate supercar. A mid-engined, two-seater berlinetta, the F40 was a development of the limited-production 288GTO, and like the latter - but unlike the preceding 308 series - mounted its power unit longitudinally rather than transversely. A four-cam 3-litre V8 with four valves per cylinder, the F40 engine employed twin IHI turbochargers to liberate 478bhp (approximately 352kW) at 7,000rpm. For the seriously speed-addicted, this could be boosted by 200bhp by means of a factory tuning kit.

    Of equal, if not greater, technical interest was the method of body/chassis construction, the F40 drawing on Ferrari's Formula 1 experience in its use of composite technology. A one-piece plastic moulding, the body was bonded to the tubular steel chassis to create a lightweight structure of immense rigidity. The doors, bonnet, boot lid and other removable panels were carbon fibre. Pugnaciously styled by Pininfarina, the F40 incorporated the latest aerodynamic aids in the form of a dam-shaped nose and high rear aerofoil. Despite the need to generate considerable downforce - and with a top speed of 201mph, higher than the take-off speed of many light aircraft, the F40 needed all the downforce it could get - the result was a commendably low drag coefficient of just 0.34. The F40's interior re-enforced its image as a thinly disguised race-car, with body-contoured seats, an absence of carpeting and trim, and sliding Plexiglas windows. When it came to actual competition, race-prepared F40s more than held their own and in the Global GT series proved quicker on many circuits than McLaren's F1 GTR.

    Autocar concluded its test thus: 'on a smooth road it is a scintillatingly fast car that is docile and charming in its nature; a car that is demanding but not difficult to drive, blessed as it is with massive grip and, even more importantly, superb balance and manners. You can use its performance - the closest any production car maker has yet come to race car levels - and revel in it. ...there's little doubt it is the very personification of the term sports car.'

    An early non-catalyst (352kW) model, chassis number '80696' was delivered new in April 1989 to Garage Francorchamps in Belgium with the factory optional sliding side windows and sold on the 28th of that month to its first owner Michel Neugarten, who used it on the road for the first few years. After racing modifications had been carried out by Garage Francorchamps, the Ferrari contested the Italian GT Championship and BPR series in 1993 driven by Neugarten, respected by many for his speed and skill on the track. At the end of its competition career a complete overhaul of the engine, gearbox and transmission was carried out at Garage Francorchamps where the car remained stored after the work's completion.

    The current owner bought the restored F40 in May 1999, at which time a total of 28,163 kilometres was displayed on the odometer. It was subsequently used regularly at Ferrari gatherings at various circuits. Servicing was carried out regularly in Belgium during this period by Garage Francorchamps, Gipimotor and Francorchamps Racing Cars.

    '80696' incorporates the following modifications: adjustable F40LM type rear wing; Koni F1 adjustable shock absorbers; upgraded brakes (compatible with the original 17" rims); manual circuit breaker; automatic (impact triggered) cabin and engine compartment fire extinguisher; multi-point harness; cooled exhaust wastegate; sports exhaust system (quiet original available); and 'factory' reprogramming of the ECU (by Garage Francorchamps) delivering approximately 540bhp depending on wastegate adjustment. The vendor advises us that all these modifications are compatible with road use.

    In November 2009 the car was thoroughly checked over; the camshaft drive belts, tensioners, bearings and pulleys were renewed while the fuel tanks were inspected but not replaced. The odometer total currently stands at 33,285 kilometres.
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