Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145
Lot 78
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection
1990 FERRARI F40
Sold for US$ 1,237,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145 Offered from the Tony Hart Collection,1990 FERRARI F40  Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200 Engine no. 24145
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection
1990 FERRARI F40
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. ZFFMN34A5L0087200
Engine no. 24145

2,936cc DOHC Twin Turbocharged V8 Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
478bhp at 7,000 rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Matching numbers example
*One of only 213 U.S.-spec examples
*Professionally restored
*FCA Concours Platinum award winner
*Thrilling performance



THE FERRARI F40

The F40 was born of several dreams: Enzo Ferrari's desire to mark his 90th birthday, his wish to commemorate his 40th year since producing his first automobile, and to create a worthy competitor to Porsche's Type 959 and Lamborghini Countach, both of which offered a near-200 mph top speed. Several prototypes were constructed and named 288GTO Evoluzione. The ferocious 288 GTO had been developed for FIA's Group B "Silhouette" international rallying, but when that series was cancelled in 1986, the 288 GTO was put aside. The Evoluzione would become the basis of the next new Ferrari supercar, the last design to receive Ferrari's imprimatur before his passing in 1988. To say the F40 met his expectations is to understate the obvious: the "Forty" was not only the fastest road car Ferrari ever built, it was the fastest and arguably the most exciting road car in the world when it appeared, the first to exceed 200 mph in street trim.

The 90-degree four-cam, four-valve, dry-sumped V8 engine was a larger version of the 2.8-liter motor used in the 288 GTO. Now displacing 2,936 cc and mounted longitudinally in the chassis behind the passenger compartment, it was fitted with twin IHI turbochargers and Behr intercoolers. This engine produced a massive 478bhp at 7,000rpm with 7.7 pounds of boost, equating to an incredible 163 horsepower per liter. Torque was a very strong 424 foot-pounds at 4000 rpm. The F40's suspension was of almost pure racing design; with unequal-length double A-arms, coil-over shock absorbers at all four corners, and both front and rear anti-roll bars. Huge ventilated and cross-drilled Brembo discs and multi-piston calipers provided very effecting braking.

The interior maintained the competition theme, with almost no upholstery or carpeting. Surfaces were instead finished in paint, carbon-fiber, or fiberglass. Simple wire pulls replaced heavier door release mechanisms. There was a simple black leather-covered steering wheel, and the pedals were drilled aluminum. A pair of thin-shell racing seats kept occupants firmly in place, and the driver faced a full array of instrumentation.

On its introduction at the Ferrari factory in Maranello on July 12, 1987, the new F40 drew rave reviews in all regards. It was described as "a racing car with a full body". The lightweight (2425 lb) F40's performance was everything the company had hoped for; it took just 4.1 seconds to reach 62 miles an hour from a standing start, and would finally run out of breath at just over 201 mph. Because it was initially priced at more than $400,000, Ferrari expected to sell no more than 400 examples, but demand for this incredible road machine was such that more than 1300 were produced between 1987 and 1992. The first U.S.-specification production cars generated bidding wars; eager customers were willing to pay up to twice the list price to secure one of those that would be imported.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This F40 Berlinetta was delivered through Newport Beach Ferrari to Mr. Richard Engel of Costa Mesa on January 15, 1991. A few days later, Mr. Engel displayed the car at the Ferrari Owners Club USA meeting in Long Beach, California. The Ferrari Market Letter, quoting marque authority Marcel Massini, reported that Mr. Engel was listed by the FOC as the car's owner from 1991 to 1993. In 1992, the original engine suffered a lubrication failure, and a new engine was installed under warranty. At that point, the odometer appears to have been zeroed. In January, 1993, the car was shown by Mr. Harry Eberlin at an FOC meeting in Long Beach, California, and in April 1994, was traded to Garry Roberts and Company of Costa Mesa against a Ferrari 275 GTB/C Berlinetta. In 1995, Garry Roberts offered this F40 for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter, with the odometer reading about 12,500 miles, but only a few thousand on the new engine.

In June of 1995, a new Indiana title was issued, with the odometer reading 3,815 miles. The Carfax shows that this F40 passed Indiana emissions tests in April of 1998 and September of 2004. In June of 2006 it was serviced at Chicago-area Ferrari dealer Lake Forest Sports Cars, the odometer then reading 5645 miles. In December, 2006, the car was listed for sale from inventory, with an odometer reading of 14,565. It was sold April 16, 2007 and re-registered in Encinitas, California, on May 4th of that year. A year later, it was offered for sale by Paramount Auto Group, with a reported mileage of 14,314. On December 4, 2008, the car was registered in Montana, and later that month was serviced at Ferrari and Maserati of Newport Beach, California, which recorded mileage of 6384.

In May 2006, the car, now with about 14,000 miles, appeared for sale in The Ferrari Market letter. Owner V. Thomas Taglia of Ogden Dunes, Indiana, described it as being in excellent condition with tools, books, and service records. The car re-surfaced in the July 2006 issue of the Ferrari Market Letter, offered by Exoticars of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was then purchased by Mr. Joseph Gaddini of Asheville, North Carolina. In 2006, Mr. Gaddini carried out a major service (30k mile) and extensive maintenance work at a cost of more than $50,000. In April, 2008, he decided to sell this F40 (he apparently had more than one); a sales ad in the August 2008 Ferrari Market Letter placed by Steve Barney's Foreign Cars Italia in Greensboro, North Carolina, stated that the car had received new seats, clutch, tires, a Tubi stainless exhaust, brakes, floor pan, Kevlar front pan, and stainless brake lines at 14,134 miles.

In October, 2008, the car was offered on eBay by The Sports Car Company of La Jolla, California, from whence Tony Hart purchased it on November 13, 2008, with the odometer reading 6346 miles. On May 31, 2011, Mr. Hart displayed it at the FOC's Pasadena Concours d'Elegance, receiving a Platinum Award in Class 8. The owner states that it receives proper annual service at The Auto Gallery in Woodland Hills, California.

Finished in its correct Rosso Corsa, this spectacular Ferrari is fitted with its factory-original five-spoke center-lock Speedline modular alloy wheels in 8J x 17 and 10J x 17 size, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. There is a Tubi triple-outlet stainless exhaust system which adds a wonderful symphony (the car's original exhaust system is included), and an anti-theft system was installed. Regularly driven and properly maintained, this F40 starts instantly and idles smoothly, with its turbo-muffled engine crackling ominously. As expected, acceleration on dry pavement is simply tremendous, yet this supercar is quite tractable in urban traffic, where it never fails to turn heads.

Here is an extensively documented and well-looked-after U.S.-specification F40 that would be a perfect addition to any Ferrari collection. The last ultra-high-performance sports car built under the Commendatore's direct supervision is a landmark vehicle.

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  • Please note that the correct engine number for this car is 23528. Please also note that this car has been properly maintained throughout its ownership and has not been professionally restored, as mentioned in the catalog.
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