<B>1989 FERRARI F40</b>
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1989 FERRARI F40
Sold for US$ 1,155,000 inc. premium

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1989 FERRARI F40
Coachwork by Pininfarina

VIN. ZFFGJ34B000079763

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

*Less than 4,500kms from new
*European spec F40 with desirable six-point harness sport seats
*Believed to have had two owners the past 22 years
*The Ferrari model Enzo himself declared "the best in the world"



The Ferrari F40

No Ferrari road car is more closely associated with Enzo Ferrari than the F40, the final project under the direction of Il Commendatore before his death in 1988. Built to commemorate the Italian carmaker's 40th anniversary, the F40 was, at its introduction in 1987, Ferrari's most powerful production car to date. Its 2936cc twin-turbocharged V8, nestled beneath the sloping buttresses of the Berlinetta coupe's roofline, produced 478bhp and 426 lb-ft (577 Nm) of torque, delivering "supercar" levels of performance: 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and, more significantly, a top speed of 201mph (324km/h). No production car before the F40 had ever pushed beyond that barrier.

The F40 was mechanically based on the racing version of the 288 GTO, the GTO Evoluzione, which had been built to take on Porsche's 959 in the FIA's Group B category. With the elimination of Group B, however, Ferrari was left with a handful of Evoluzione, and they would be used to develop the F40, whose race-bred heritage is clearly evident in its lack of anti-lock brakes, steering assist, and any sound-deadening measures. In fact, in contrast to the 959's technical complexity, the F40 achieved its remarkable performance in the traditional, Ferrari manner, combining a powerful engine with light weight and a slippery shape, and a competition-tuned suspension with a large footprint.

The four-cam engine is also based on the GTOs, though it was bored out to three liters and re-tuned to achieve the prodigious output. It was placed longitudinally, which greatly simplified the mounting of the twin water-cooled IHI turbochargers. The Weber-Marelli electronic injection is fed from two fuel tanks, one just ahead of each rear wheel. European-spec F40s, such as the motorcar being offered here, came with rubber fuel bladders encased in sponge, while U.S.-bound models were fitted with aluminum tanks.

Sitting on a frame of tubular steel and composites, the F40 shares the same length of wheelbase as the GTOs, but the track is wider. Because of the extensive use of composites throughout the car, the F40 weighs just 2,425 pounds (1100kg), more than 500 pounds less than its supercar rival, Porsche's 959. The comprehensive weight-saving program even included, if desired, Plexiglas side windows and paint so thinly spread that the body panels' Kevlar weave can be seen through it.

The F40's bodywork was designed under the direction of Leonardo Fioravanti, who also was responsible for the 288 GTO, Daytona, Dino 206 and 246 GT, 512 Berlinetta Boxer, and numerous other projects in his time both at Ferrari and later with Pininfarina. His initial wedge shape was, in tune with the car's racing-related development, then taken by Pininfarina and refined in the wind tunnel for optimum downforce and low drag. Though augmented with NACA ducts for cooling the engine, brakes and cockpit, a louvered Plexiglas engine cover, and that looming rear wing, the F40 is a simple and elegant shape delightfully absent of extraneous elements.

The cockpit, too, is all business, offering little in creature comfort but reaffirming the F40's essential character as a racecar for the street. Beyond the well-bolstered seats, gated shifter, padded steering wheel, and analog instrumentation, there is little to engage the eye from the driver's seat, but that's primary to the F40's raison d'etre: to fully immerse the driver in a pure Ferrari driving experience. The all-independent suspension is comprised at both ends of unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar; the brakes are Group C-derived hydraulic 13-inch Brembo discs; the aluminum wheels, which sport F1-style center locks, are wrapped by 245/40ZR-17 tires in front and massive 335/35ZR-17 rubber at the back.

Under way, the F40 feels as rigid as if it was carved from a huge diamond due to the innovative body/chassis construction. In another case where Ferrari's racing experience translated to the street, the F40's tubular steel spaceframe and bonded-on panels of Kevlar composites provide a torsional stiffness that would have been impossible to achieve with conventional means. As a result, handling is exceptionally crisp and the car responds to inputs as though there were not a mechanical but a telepathic connection between the driver and the wheels. The F40 will never be mistaken for anything other than it was intended to be: a racecar for the street.


The Motorcar Offered

Though the factory initially had announced that only 400 examples of the F40 would be produced, the car's popularity affected the production run from 1987-1992, resulting in 1,311 F40s which were all left-hand drive and painted in Rossa Corsa.

Completed at the Maranello-based Ferrari Works in 1989, this exceptional European-spec F40 was slotted for the home-market, and delivered to the first owner in February 1989 through an official Ferrari agency. The car is believed to have been fitted with the desirable six-point racing seatbelt harness and sport seats from new. A few years later the car sold to a German enthusiast, before it was exported to the growing Japanese Ferrari market, where the car has remained until this day. The car was serviced in November of 2010 at around 2,500 kilometers and again in April of 2013 at around 3,500 kilometers, and is believed to have had just two owners for the past 22 years.

Today, this striking F40 presents in exceptional condition throughout, and has covered less than 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles) since new. The interior appears original and beautifully kept, as one would expect from such a low-mileage car. The felt on the dashboard presents very well, as does the racing inspired red seats. Factory decals are in place, and compartments and jambs all appear to be original and untouched. With all of the right specifications, this F40 presents much like it did when it left the legendary Ferrari factory. The F40 is offered with its leather wallet including the operating manual, dealer directory and service book.

Certainly one of the most charismatic of the so-called Supercars, the F40's minimalist purity has never been surpassed, and no serious collection of the marque can be complete without one. Aside from the accolades, it is simply one of the finest cars, of any era, that you'll ever drive. A superb example of the car that Enzo Ferrari promised would be the "best in the world," this F40 is ready to be enjoyed by a new caretaker.

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  • Please note that this F40 has been submitted to the Ferrari Classiche Certification program and a Red Book will be available for the buyer when the application has been processed and approved by Ferrari. Furthermore, due to California emissions laws, please note that this vehicle may only be sold to an out-of-state resident for use outside of California or to a licensed automotive dealer. Finally, please note that the title for this car is in transit.
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