1989 Ferrari F40 LM


1989 Ferrari F40 LM

The F40LM seen here, is far more exclusive than even a normal F40: it is one of the genuine, ultra rare Le Mans (LM) versions originally built for Ferrari’s most favoured clients.

While Ferrari never originally intended for the F40 to go racing, a number of individuals with the wherewithal to put the car on the track quickly realized the F40’s racing potential. Daniel Marin, of Charles Pozzi SA, successfully lobbied Ferrari to authorize Michelotto to produce a series of racing examples that adhered to IMSA rules, giving the world’s fastest production car a chance to earn its keep on the race track.

This limited-production Ferrari, dubbed the F40 LM, for Le Mans, would be much more radical, exclusive, and exciting than the already intense F40 in every way. The chassis had work done to it and it was fitted with a way more aggressive body kit as well as race inspired front and rear wings.

Brakes, suspension and gearbox as well as wider wheels and tires were all part of the LM treatment. If you can believe they even found a way to strip even more out of the already stripped our F40 interior. In a further effort to save weight, the F40’s distinctive flip-up headlights were replaced with fixed lamps behind Lexan covers. The Ferrari F40 LM weighed just 2,314 pounds.

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Bonhams sale of 88522 at Gstaad

Developed for competition by Michelotto of Padova on behalf of the factory, the LM sported a reinforced chassis, even more aggressive bodywork including a deeper front air dam and larger, cockpit adjustable rear wing, a racing interior, stiffer suspension, up-rated brakes, competition gearbox, wider wheels and a specially prepared engine producing between 850-900bhp.

The sixth LM built, chassis ‘88522’ was delivered new via POZZI (Ferrari France) to none other than the famous French cartoonist Uderzo, creator of the celebrated Asterix cartoon strip. Uderzo, a keen and long-standing Ferrari collector, used the car exclusively for private test days, and during one of these damaged the front bonnet. The car was returned to the factory for a replacement and the opportunity was taken at the same time to convert it to run on unleaded fuel, an important advantage for future collectors.

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In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeRacing Car
engineTipo F120 A Twin Turbo V8
aspirationTwin IHI Turbochargers w/Behr Intercoolers
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement2936 cc / 179.2 in³
bore82.0 mm / 3.23 in
stroke69.5 mm / 2.74 in
compression7.8:1
power566.7 kw / 760 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output258.86 bhp per litre
bhp/weight723.81 bhp per tonne
body / frameComposite & Tubular Steel
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
wheel typeOZ Racing Alloy
rear tiresNot Available/35ZR-17
front brakesBrembro Discs
rear brakesBrembro Discs
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionKoni Springs & Dampers, Anti-roll Bars
r suspensionKoni Springs & Dampers, Anti-roll Bars
curb weight1050 kg / 2315 lbs
wheelbase2450 mm / 96.5 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.77:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.96:1, 0.77:1
top speed~368.5 kph / 229 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.1 seconds

Auction Sales History

1989 Ferrari F40 LM

1994 Ferrari F40 LM 97904 – sold for $3,300,000 Radically updated over the road going F40; lighter and much more powerful. The 18th example of 19 produced. One of just two with the pushrod/rocker arm suspension; the only example in private ownership. Quite possibly the finest surviving example and perhaps the most original in existence. Full service by Ferrari of Central Florida, including its timing belts in July 2013. The ultimate Ferrari F40; unrivaled track performance. Auction Source: RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015

1989 Ferrari F40 LM

1990 Ferrari F40 LM ZFFGX34X0K0079891 – sold for $2,090,000 An Important Piece of Ferrari Racing History. The Only Ecurie Pozzi Team Car in Private Hands. Podium Finishes at Mid-Ohio and Mosport. Driven by Hurley Haywood, Jacques Laffite, and Jean-Pierre Jabouille. Only Three Private Owners Since Leaving Charles Pozzi SA. Comprehensive Mechanical Restoration by Classic Coach Repair, Inc. Faithfully Presented in Original 1990 Racing Livery. Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini. Auction Source: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auction

1989 Ferrari F40 LM

1990 Ferrari F40 LM 88513 – did not sell for €900,000. The Ferrari F40 LM presented here, chassis number 88513 is the third car of the 19 IMSA LMs built. The invoice from Ferrari shows that the car was originally sold to a German collector and describes this car as, “No.1 F40 LM Competition Prototype car, VIN ZFFGX34XOLOO88513, Engine no. F12OB008, coming from our “Esperienze” Dept.” The car was completed in May 1990 and has been used very sparingly during its life, and has never been raced. Auto Motor Sport magazine tested the car in their July 1991 issue. Between December 2005 and July 2007 a full inspection and service was carried out by Michelotto at a cost of over €60,000. Following this, DK Engineering tested the car at the Ferrari Owner’s Club test day at Silverstone in July 2007 and the car ran faultlessly.

This Ferrari F40 LM is finished in Rosso Corsa; it has a standard interior and has had just three owners from new. It is a fabulous example of just 19 cars specially built by Micholotto. The car is ready to be entered in a variety of events worldwide and can be raced for the first time in championships such as the GT 90’s Revival Series. Additionally, in 2009 it will probably be eligible for the Ferrari Historic Championship and in the right hands this Ferrari will undoubtedly be the car to beat. Auction Source: 2008 Leggenda e Passione