1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta

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  1. #1 ajzahn, Apr 6, 2007
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 25, 2016
    17,828 kilometres (11,078 miles) from new
    1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta
    Coachwork by Pininfarina

    Chassis no. ZFFGJ34B000084192
    Engine no. 21026 (type F120A)

    Price: €275,000

    Announced in 1987 to celebrate Enzo Ferrari’s forty years as a carmaker, the 200mph F40 was the ultimate supercar of its generation. Inevitably, comparisons were made with the rival Porsche 959, but whereas its German rival represented a cutting-edge, technological tour de force, the F40 exemplified traditional Ferrari values. A relatively straightforward car, the F40 relied on enormous power, low weight, race-bred suspension, generously sized tyres and excellent aerodynamics to achieve a level of performance even better than that of the infinitely more complex 959.

    Developed from the limited-production 288GTO, the F40 was a two-seater, mid-engined coupé that mounted its V8 power unit longitudinally in the chassis (rather than transversely like the 308/ 328) a layout that greatly simplified the accommodation of the twin water-cooled IHI turbochargers. Enlarged from the 288GTO’s 2,855cc to 2,936cc for the F40, the four-cam, 32-valve motor produced 478bhp at 7,000rpm (some 20 percent up on the 288) with the promise of a further 200bhp if the optional factory tuning kit was specified.

    In one of its aspects the F40 did rival the 959 for innovation, and that was the method of body/ chassis construction, which represented a new departure for a Ferrari road car. Drawing on Ferrari’s considerable experience in the use of composite technology in Formula 1, the F40 chassis comprised a tubular steel spaceframe with bonded-on panels of Kevlar, resulting in torsional stiffness greatly exceeding that of a metal-only structure without the penalty of excess weight. Carbon fibre was used for the doors, bonnet, boot lid and other removable panels.

    Using a wind tunnel and computer projection, Pininfarina produced a body that generated sufficient downforce without excessive drag, while avoiding the aerodynamic excrescences that adorn so many out-and-out competition cars. Nevertheless, there was no mistaking the pugnaciously styled F40’s antecedents as one climbed inside, the body-contoured seats, absence of carpeting and trim, and simple, lightweight door pulls only serving to re-enforce its image as a thinly disguised race car.

    History has shown that with most great production cars, the earliest and purest, or the last and most evolved models, are those which rise over time to become the most desirable. In the case of the F40, which twenty years after its launch is now well established as an iconic supercar (Jeremy Clarkson placed it ahead of the latest Ferrari Enzo for driver satisfaction during a recent Top Gear programme), it is the early cars, without restrictive exhaust catalysts to rob a few extra horsepower, that look good value today. This pre-catalyst example was built at the end of 1989 and, like all F40s, was finished in Rosso Ferrari (300/9) with the model’s trademark red Nomex covered seats and carbon fibre interior. It was invoiced on 9th March 1990, at the height of the supercar boom when new F40s were immediately worth over half a million pounds on the open market, to UK importer Maranello Concessionaires. Their client was first owner Ross Hyett in the UK, for whom it was registered with the appropriate private number ‘F40 AUM’. This is believed to have been the first F40 to race in the UK, albeit in a club event at a small circuit totally unsuited to the F40 where Mr Hyett placed near the bottom of the field despite probably being the centre of attention. Three years later, on 25th June 1993, the F40 was sold via JCT600 Specialist Cars to well known Ferrari collector Modi Enav of Hampstead, London, still with only 3,294km covered. A year on Mr Enav transferred the car into Ferrari Holdings Inc, a company created to hold his collection, before selling it via London dealer Paul Baber (SWB Ltd) to third owner Stephen Elliot in December 1997 at just 3,673km. His tenure was brief and the following August the F40 entered its fourth ownership via Graypaul Motors, passing to one Kieran Hickey, now with 6,046km covered.

    The fifth and present owner acquired the car, also via Graypaul Motors Ltd, on 18th May 2001 at 10,195km and for the past six years has enjoyed driving it on the road and, occasionally, during test days at tracks such as Monza in Italy, sometimes driving from the UK. Maintenance has been carried out without regard to expense and the car’s mature private banker owner is keen to point out that this F40 has been used as Ferrari intended, not sitting idly in storage whilst its vital fluids dry out and seals perish. The fuel tanks have been replaced by Graypaul who also performed the suspension wishbone recall. The only modifications made, but easily removed, are a full electric fire system (cockpit and engine compartment) as well as an F1 quality ignition cut-off switch (nowadays a frequent insurance requirement). The car has been demonstrated to passengers (gently!) by veteran pros Richard Attwood and Jochen Mass amongst others.

    The owner comments: “The current condition is perfect for a car of this nature, it is not a 500km car which has been collecting dust in a garage but an F40 which has been used, looked after by its own mechanic and has had all the work done that needed to be done to keep it in great condition. You could argue that I should not have put a fire system in it, but to anyone that uses these cars, it makes perfect sense. It is also quite easy to take out if needed…I believe that its value is appreciating on the basis that the comparable offering from a quality of driving prospective is substantially more expensive (Zonda etc), or unimpressive (Enzo?).”

    Accompanying this ready-to-drive-anywhere Ferrari F40, still factory fresh 17 years after delivery, are its leather owners pouch containing Warranty Card and Owners Service Book, Technical Manual and Sales and Service Organisation Book, plus Ferrari UK Extended Warranty Booklet I (4th owner) and II (fifth owner), together with complete tool kit and emergency tyre inflater and Michelin pressure gauge. Nothing is missing and nothing needs doing.


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  2. "with the promise of a further 200bhp if the optional factory tuning kit was specified." was it really possible to buy new F40 with extra 200 bhp ???
     
  3. Via Michellotto yes
     
  4. micheloto, yes, but aditional 300 hp, 780, like the LM
     
  5. €275,000 seems to be a pretty reasonable price?!
     
  6. what did the kit consist of??
     
  7. Great avater
     
  8. what's with the windscreen?
     
  9. darkened because of some dealer sign?
     
  10. What's Berlinetta again?
     
  11. Coupe
     
  12. oh indeed, couldn't remember. But isn't that quite obvious when we're talking about a F40?
     
  13. im glad they didn't do anything to the body, in my opinion it's perfect in every way. It was the benchmark for 80's supercars. it like the mclaren in that even though its been beaten it will continue to be one of the most iconic supercars of the 20th centry
     

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