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Ferrari's 201mph F40 is the definitive supercar and has a formidable reputation alongside the 250 GTO as possibly the best road Ferrari built to date. With the F40 Pininfarina produced an era defining creation, one that even today is instantly recognisable by old and young enthusiasts alike. F40's were closely derived from the experimental GTO Evoluzione's and the road 288 GTO (that the F40 replaced).
The design features a tubular steel chassis with bonded composite inserts, most notably around the sills and floorpan, The 2936cc motor produces approximately 500bhp at 7000rpm with the help of two water-cooled IHI turbochargers running 1.1bar of boost - at 1202kg the F40 had a and still has a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio. Shatteringly fast by any comparison (especially for 1988), the F40 can sprint from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and hit 201mph flat out making it the first production car to surpass this mystical boundary. Whilst the GTO had pioneered the use of composite panels, the F40 was the first whose bodywork was constructed entirely from such materials. Comprising eleven panels made from Nomex, Kevlar and Carbon composite with a heavily ventilated Plexiglas rear windscreen. Sliding Lexan windows were fitted to the first 50 cars, these getting replaced by wind-ups thereafter. The F40 was a landmark not just on account of its crushing performance and stunning looks, but it was fittingly the last ever car presented by Enzo Ferrari, this taking place at Maranello in June 1987, 14 months before the great man's death.
From 1991 onwards cars were fitted with catalytic convertors to meet ever tightening legislation and at this time adjustable suspension became an option. Production was discontinued in 1992 after 1311 examples had been completed in five years (600 or so being bound for the USA and being noticeably different to their lighter and faster European cousins), the F40 was only ever available from Ferrari in left-hand drive and presented in Rosso Corsa. (Approximately 7 examples were converted to RHD for the Sultan of Brunei)
At the start of January 2010 DK Engineering completed their 100th sale of this iconic supercar. Our workshops have maintained approximately 75 different examples at various points in their life over the past 22 years. With this we are generally acknowledged as one of the leading F40 specialists in Europe.
This example offered for sale, chassis 92948, was supplied new in April 1992 to its first and only owner over the past 19 years, Mr Edelstein, by Mellin Sportwagen GmbH of Berlin, Germany. This car is a very late example and as such is a catalytic model fitted with adjustable suspension. During his ownership 92948 has been used very sparingly and has always been maintained to the highest standard. As a result of Mr Edelsteins meticulous nature a minor restoration of the car was commenced in late 2008 to return the car to "as new" condition, perhaps better than new condition. The car was completely dismantled and every part was detailed, restored and refitted. A complete photographic record of the process accompanies the car (from start to finish, from a fine condition vehicle to a concours standard example). This process cost in the region of 60,000 euros. At this time the fuel cells were replaced for new items.
It is fair to say that 92948 is presented in concours condition, the car represents an opportunity to purchase what is surely the finest example of an F40 available for sale at this time. 92948 is accompanied by its books and tools and is available to view at DK Engineering immediately.