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Discussion in '1989 Ferrari F40 LM' started by saleen88, Apr 20, 2007.
Did this car go into production?
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 Ferrariâs most favoured clients. 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. Not to be confused with the standard road-going F40, or cars up-rated subsequently on behalf of their owners, just 17 factory F40 LMs were originally built and they are today highly coveted.
Bonhams sale of 88522 at Gstaad
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.
this is my favorite car