Ferrari F40
Lot 436
1989 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta Chassis no. 84482
Sold for £353,500 (US$ 587,474) inc. premium
Lot Details
1989 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. 84482

Footnotes

  • '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 carmaker 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.'
    Manufactured in 1990, this particular F40 has sliding windows, the rarest option of them all and certainly the most desirable. In March 1991 the Ferrari was sold to Ligure Leasing SPA of Savona, Italy and in May the following year was purchased by a collector in the Netherlands and serviced by the Dutch importer Kroymans that same month (at 2,676 kilometres). The car was used sparingly until 1994 when it was put into storage, and remained there until its acquisition by the previous owner in 2008, at which time the odometer reading stood at 9,600 kilometres. A major service and overhaul was then carried out by Forza Service in Holland.
    In April 2010 (at 10,685 kilometres) the F40 was sent to respected marque specialists DK Engineering for another major service plus replacement of the fuel cells and skimming of the front brake discs. The much desired Ferrari Classiche certification was obtained and the car also comes with DK Engineering's detailed condition report. The latter concludes that this F40 is fine example of a low mileage car with no signs of accident damage, very little wear or corrosion throughout and totally standard, with only some relatively minor cosmetic refurbishment required, which has since been carried out to make the exceptional car seen today.
    Serviced by DK Engineering earlier this year, this landmark Ferrari supercar is offered with copies of old Dutch logbooks, current MoT certificate and Swansea V5C document. The provision of a vehicle tracker is the only notified deviation from factory specification. It should be noted that the current registration 'SFA 44' is being retained by the vendor.
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