1987 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.
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.
Chassis & Sales
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 un... more
Gallery: 2008 Leggenda e Passione
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 ... more
Gallery: 2009 Leggenda e Passione
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... more
Gallery: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions
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.
Gallery: 2012 Artcurial Motorcars à Rétromobile
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 ... more
Gallery: 2013 Villa d'Erba Auction by RM
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.
Gallery: 2014 Paris by RM Auctions