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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 F40, chassis 87043, was delivered in December 1990 to its first owner an Italian industrialist. The car is fitted with Non adjustable suspension and is equipped with a Catalytic Converter. Interestingly for a Catalytic car it has the addition of very rare but most sought after Sliding Perspex windows which were fitted from new – the collector's preference. The car remained with its first owner until 2010 and in later years had been used sparingly causing it to have covered just 1,000 kms between 1999 and 2010! In late 2010 87043 entered DK's workshops for a full and comprehensive service including new fuel cells and a major cambelt service. At this time the car was successfully Classiche Certified by Ferrari.
Today this very low mileage two owner F40 shows just 10,750 kms on the odometer. The car is presented in "on the button" superb condition, is accompanied by its original books and tools and is UK road registered meaning it is ready to use enjoy. The condition of the car throughout is a true reflection of its ultra low mileage. 87043 is in our showrooms just outside London and available to view immediately.