<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523

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Lot 263
1991 FERRARI F40
Coachwork by Pininfarina

VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767
Engine no. 27523

Sold for US$ 1,430,000 inc. premium
1991 FERRARI F40
Coachwork by Pininfarina

VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767
Engine no. 27523

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


*Exceptionally original and preserved example of the legendary F40
*Less than 1,300 miles and just three owners since new
*The 141st of just 213 US-delivery F40s ever produced
*Factory original condition in and out
*Ferrari Classiche Certified



THE FERRARI F40

"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 200mph F40 was the ultimate supercar. Inevitably, comparisons were made with the rival Porsche 959 but whereas its German rival represented a cutting-edge, technological tour de force, the F40 exemplified traditional Ferrari values. A relatively straightforward car, the F40 relied on enormous power, low weight, race-bred suspension, generously sized tires and excellent aerodynamics to achieve a level of performance near-identical to that of the infinitely more complex 959. F40 owners, though, had the satisfaction of knowing that their car was slightly faster, boasting a top speed of 201mph to the 959's 197.

A mid-engined, two-seater Berlinetta, the F40 was a development of the limited-production 288GTO and like the latter - but unlike the preceding 308/328 series - mounted its power unit longitudinally rather than transversely. A four-cam 3-liter V8 with four valves per cylinder, the F40 engine employed twin IHI turbochargers to liberate 478bhp 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 molding, the body was bonded to the tubular steel chassis to create a lightweight structure of immense rigidity superior to an all-metal structure. The doors, bonnet, boot lid and other removable panels were carbon fiber. Pugnaciously styled by Pininfarina, the wind tunnel-developed 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 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 reinforced its image as a thinly disguised racecar, 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 racecar levels - and revel in it. ...there's little doubt it is the very personification of the term sports car.'


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This outstanding example of Ferrari's legendary F40 was completed as a US market car at the Maranello works in May 1991, and is the 141st car built out of a total of 213 US-market F40s produced. Original and extremely well preserved, this car still wears its factory-applied Rosso Ferrari paint, and Stoffa Vigogna racing seats.

The new F40 was delivered to Dallas, Texas, where it was registered to its first owner in December 1991. Driven only on special occasions, the F40 was eventually purchased by a Pennsylvanian Ferrari collector in 1996, where it lived alongside his impressive stable of other Ferrari supercars including a second F40 and an F50. The car would remain in this ownership until purchased by the consignor.

In 2014, Algar Ferrari of Pennsylvania was commissioned to carry out a comprehensive service on the highly original and extremely low mileage F40. Mechanical systems were inspected and maintained as needed, and time-sensitive service parts were refurbished and replaced, including the timing belt and tensioners, and the in-tank fuel pumps that can occasionally fail from time to time on the F40s. During the thorough check-up by Algar, the car was inspected and inducted into Ferrari's Classiche Certification program, and the F40's next owner will be receiving the red Classiche binder once issued by Ferrari SpA.

With less than 1,300 original miles from new, this must be one of the lowest mileage and most diligently serviced F40's in existence. This time capsule Ferrari still retains its original factory installed tires, alloy wheels with wheel weights, all factory interior and exterior components, and factory decals and emissions components in place. Complete with the original books, the complete tool set and the factory delivered luggage set, this superb F40 stands out as one of the absolute best examples available anywhere.
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<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
<b>1991 FERRARI F40</b><br />  VIN. ZFFMN34AXM0089767 <br />Engine no. 27523
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