Ferrari F40

To celebrate 40 years of Ferrari, Enzo had his design team create a supercar that translated racing car technology to the road. Furthermore, it was built with only the most essential systems and in many regards is a supercar with functional simplicity. It was also the last car developed and built under Enzo Ferrari’s direct supervision before he died.

Following the turbocharged successes in Formula One, the 288 GTO was Ferrari’s first road-going turbocharged model in 1984. The F40 followed in its path and shared its longitudinal, mid-mounted, twin turbo-charged V8 configuration.

Power came from a large V8 engine that produced 478bhp and 426lb-ft torque.

Incorporating advanced composite materials, the F40 was very light. It used a Kevlar for the body which was integrated into a steel chassis. This body/chassis unit was fabricated by Scaglietti and finished at Ferrari’s own factory.

The F40 shape was developed by Pininfarina to reduce frontal area, drag and lift. They also designed a lexan hood to reveal the twin-turbo V8 engine.

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Keeping to the race theme, there was a sparse interior and no power assistance was offered for the brakes or the steering.

Soon after being released, initial production was increased to over 1300 examples for both America and Europe. The F40 generated a huge amount of publicity for the Ferrari and became an icon for Italian performance.

In many ways, it’s impossible to overestimate the impact of Ferrari’s F40 on the supercar scene in the ’90s. It explored the limits of performance and what could be achieved. This ethos was extended and followed up by the F50 and 2002 Enzo.

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In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
built atModena, Italy
price £/td>£200,000
positionMid Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement2936 cc / 179.2 in³
bore82.0 mm / 3.23 in
stroke69.5 mm / 2.74 in
power356.5 kw / 478 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output162.81 bhp per litre
bhp/weight387.04 bhp per tonne
torque576.2 nm / 425.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frameComposite Body over Steel Frame
driven wheelsRWD
front tiresF 235/45ZR-17
rear tiresR 335/35ZR-17
front brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
rear brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
front wheelsF 43.2 x 20.3 cm / 17.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 33.0 cm / 17.0 x 13.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
curb weight1235 kg / 2723 lbs
wheelbase2450 mm / 96.5 in
front track1595 mm / 62.8 in
rear track1610 mm / 63.4 in
length4430 mm / 174.4 in
width1980 mm / 78.0 in
height1130 mm / 44.5 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.77:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.96:1, 0.77:1
final drive2.90:1
top speed~324 kph / 201.3 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph~8.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~11.8 seconds

Auction Sales History

1991 Ferrari F40 ZFFGJ34B000089693 – sold for €1,008,000 Recent full service by Motor Service S.r.l in Modena. Complete with its original books and tools. Undergoing Ferrari Classiche certification. Auction Source: Villa Erba 2015 by RM Sotheby

1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta Coachwork ZFFGJ34B000084052 – sold for €724,500. This particular Ferrari F40 was delivered new on 4th February 1990 to one Stefano Bonati and is understood to have had only three owners from new. It has the desirable wind-up windows, is finished in its original colour of Rosso Corsa, and is shod with the correct Pirelli P Zero tyres. Reportedly serviced by a Ferrari dealer in 1991 (at 4,900 kilometres) it was involved in an accident two years later and professionally repaired (to original specification) by Vaccari and Peraro. The current odometer reading of circa 5,500 kilometres is presumed to be the distance travelled since the rebuild.

Described as in generally excellent condition, the Ferrari was serviced by Munsterhuis Sportscars SV in November 2012, including a change of timing belts, and since its acquisition by the current vendor in September 2013 has been looked after by Autoficcina of Chessington, Surrey, UK. Offered with UK V5C registration document and its complete set of books and tools, ‘84052’ represents a rare opportunity to acquire a little-used example of the last model to bear the personal imprint of the late Enzo Ferrari, created by him in the spirit of the legendary Le Mans-winning 250LM. Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

1990 Ferrari F40 ZFFGJ348000087990 – sold for €1,176,000 Single-family ownership since new, with less than 1,200 kilometres recorded. “Cat, Non-Adjust” example; includes books and tools. Submitted for Ferrari Classiche certification. Recently serviced by Rossocorsa S.r.l. Auction Source: 2015 Paris by RM Auctions

1990 Ferrari F40 ZFFGJ34B000082727 – sold for €515,200 Ferrari’s 40th anniversary supercar. Desirable “non-cat, non-adjust” configuration. Believed to have only three owners from new. Ferrari Classiche certification in progress. Auction Source: 2014 Paris by RM Auction

1989 Ferrari F40 ZFFGJ34B000080715 – sold for €470,400. Delivered in April 1989, this F40 was first registered on the 1st of June to Birone Germano, of Mondovi, Italy. An early car with Plexiglas windows and without active suspension or catalytic converters, chassis number 80715 was finished in Rosso Corsa paint and appointed with red cloth Stoffa Vigogna upholstery. The car was purchased by the second owner in November 1998, and it has experienced mild use and fastidious upkeep ever since, whilst enjoying the company of some of Maranello’s most legendary models.

Currently displaying just over 40,000 kilometres, and accompanied by a complete set of original manuals, this car has been factory-certified by Ferrari Classiche and was recently serviced by Rossocorsa in Milan, including the all-important belt change. It is an outstanding example of one of Ferrari’s most revered street machines, and it will be sure to deliver outrageous performance and inimitable style whether on the starting grid or the concours field. Auction Source: 2013 Villa d’Erba Auction by RM

1989 Ferrari F40 berlinette ex-Nigel Mansell – sold for €374,561 he car on offer is, without doubt, very special: it belonged to a certain Nigel Mansell, in 1989, when he was Ferrari’s number one driver, making the car historically very significant. Amazing performance. The last Ferrari launched till the passing of Enzo Ferrari. Fascinating history. Extremely well maintained. Certified by Ferrari. Auction Source: 2012 Artcurial Motorcars à Rétromobile

1989 Ferrari F40 80693 – sold for €361,676. Based on its chassis number, this 1989 Ferrari F40 is a very early production example. It is a “Non-Cat” and “Non-Adjust” model. The supplying dealer, Auto Becker of Düsseldorf, sold it to original owner Josef Horst, and the manufacturer’s warranty for the car was activated on 12 December, 1989. During the late 1990s, the F40 was imported to the UK, where it passed through two owners who maintained it with Ferrari marque specialists, including such respected names as Maranello Concessionaires and Graypaul Ferrari. An annual service was carried out by F40 specialists, Dick Lovett Ferrari, and in addition to the usual factory-specified maintenance requirements, the camshaft belts were changed in 2008. Due to the low mileage covered to date, however, the fuel tanks have not required replacement.

Many MoT certificates accompany the car’s history file, which confirm this Ferrari’s mileage as being correct from new. All European taxes have been paid, and the car is currently registered in Germany. This car drives as good as it looks and handles beautifully, pulling through the gears with tremendous performance. It is most certainly a “blue chip” investment-quality automobile that will continue to top the Ferrari collector’s wish list for many years to come. Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions

Ferrari F40 – sold for €286,000. The 1991 F40 offered here, chassis no. 88835, is indeed a very fine representative of this elite breed. Purchased new by an Italian collector, it was equipped with a non-adjustable suspension system and delivered new with catalytic convertors, making it the most desirable specification of all F40s. In September 1991, the car appeared at the Ferrari Club Italia meeting in Mugello, where it predictably created a sensation.

The second owner, who purchased the car in 1998, sold it shortly thereafter in December 2000 with just 18,600 kms to the current owner, who purchased the car for his esteemed collection. Since acquiring the car, the vendor has preserved the F40 in very good, well-maintained order, adding just over 4,000 kms on the road during the intervening years. Most notably, the car has not suffered an accident in its entire history. Currently road registered in Italy, this F40 remains without question a very attractive and well-maintained example of one of the purest and most exciting Ferrari road cars ever produced. Auction Source: 2009 Leggenda e Passione

1991 Ferrari F40 – sold for €396,000. Sold new by Maranello Concessionaires on May 22, 1991, this particular F40 was collected from the factory by Mr. and Mrs. Mason Dudley Hugh of Farnham, Surrey. Serviced regularly by Maranello Concessionaires, the car accumulated 3,500 miles before being sold to Mr. Wethasinghe of Rowlands Castle, Hertfordshire in January 1993. In 1998, Mr. Russell Attwood of Bristol purchased the car from dealer Evans Halshaw in Birmingham and owned the F40 until 2004, selling it to its current owner who commissioned a professional restoration by Mike Sterland of MDS Services. Sterland, whose cars have been honored repeatedly by the Ferrari Owner’s Club, had also built Geoff Dixie’s F40, which itself won the UK National Concours.

As presented, the beautiful F40 is reportedly virtually perfect in every respect and remains mechanically and cosmetically correct. Having inspected this car, we believe it to be one of the best Ferrari F40 in existence today. Intending to enter the car in various concours events, the owner chose not to drive the car and, as such, it remains in remarkably as-new condition. Auction Source: 2008 Leggenda e Passione