Lot 30
1992 Ferrari F40



• Ferrari Classiche certified with "Red Book" included
• Designed and built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th Anniversary
• Only 3,263 actual miles with just two caretakers from new
• Includes CARFAX® and service records dating to 2000
• Essential part of any proper Ferrari collection
• 1 of just 213 examples built for US market

2,936 cc mid-mounted DOHC 32-valve V-8 engine, Weber-Marelli engine management and port fuel injection, twin IHI turbochargers, Behr air-to-air intercoolers, 471 HP (SAE rating), five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel ventilated hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 96.5”

Upon introduction in 1987, Ferrari’s new F40 redefined the modern ‘supercar’ concept at one stroke with its radically aggressively purposeful styling and state-of-the-art engineering. Delivering a truly visceral driving experience with a howling exhaust note and razor-sharp reflexes, the F40 was conceived in 1986 and intended to celebrate Ferrari’s upcoming 40th Anniversary, with the project inspired by none other than company founder Enzo Ferrari. Representing a further progression of the competition-inspired 288 GTO Evoluzione, the F40 continues to stand today as an unqualified tour de force on every possible level. Based on a carbon-fiber and Kevlar-reinforced steel spaceframe chassis with composite body panels, the F40 was powered by a twin-turbocharged and intercooled four-cam, port-injected V-8 engine controlled by race-proven Weber-Marelli engine management producing 471 factory-rated horsepower. Weighing in at just 1,100 kilograms, the F40 was, and is, a blinding performer. Dozens of magazine road testers achieved zero-to-60 acceleration times of just 3.9 seconds, zero-to-100 mph in just 7.8 seconds and zero-to-140 mph in 14 seconds! Regardless of the source consulted, the F40 was simply the quickest and fastest road car ever produced up to that time and its performance credentials remain nothing short of staggering today.

While the F40 still conjures vivid images, few have been fortunate enough to actually experience it as originally intended. Of those, five-time Le Mans champion driver Derek Bell MBE flogged an F40 for a comparison test conducted during the mid-2000s by the UK’s “Classic & Sports Car” magazine. Summing up his drive in the F40, Bell stated: “It’s just magnificent with bags of character once you grab it by the horns. This is a car to make your hair curl. The power delivery is sensational, and I love the way the turbos come on with such a rush. Very quickly the situation changes from neutral understeer to amazing oversteer, but it’s all superbly predictable.”

Ferrari’s 40th Anniversary in 1987 would be the last major celebration that Enzo Ferrari experienced prior to his eventual passing. He is reputed to have pronounced the F40 uncompromisingly stunning and in his own words, he called it “The best Ferrari ever!” While the F40 production run was initially targeted to a limit of about 400 examples, demand was overwhelming despite the car’s stratospheric price tag and 1,315 were built in all when production finally ended in 1991. American Ferrari enthusiasts had to wait until 1990 for the chance to own one and U.S.-specification cars traded at heavy premiums over list price in the heady ‘supercar’ market of the time. Just 213 F40s were built for the U.S. market.

While every F40 is indeed special, this Ferrari Classiche-certified 1992 Ferrari F40 was first put into service on April 8, 1993 and has covered merely 3,263 actual miles at the time of writing with just two owners since new. This F40 has been serviced numerous times with records supplied by Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale, Florida dating back to the year 2000 with a major service performed at that time. The last major service was performed by Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale during in 2015 and only minor maintenance work has been required and completed since then. A clean CARFAX® vehicle-history report also accompanies this virtual “time warp” Ferrari F40, as does the all-important “Red Book” issued by Ferrari Classiche and the factory-issued books and manuals. A genuine “blue chip,” investment-quality modern Ferrari supercar, this 1992 F40 will certainly continue to top the Ferrari collector’s wish list as the final model launched during the lifetime of Il Commendatore, Enzo Ferrari.

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