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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 floor pan, 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. 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).
DK Engineering have completed over 140 sales of this iconic supercar. Our workshops have maintained approximately 90 different examples at various points in their life over the past twenty five years. With this we are generally acknowledged as one of the leading F40 specialists in Europe.
At DK, we are very excited to receive into stock this particular example again. This is without doubt one of the finest examples we have previously sold and it was only natural that it should come back to us to be sold. It was supplied in July 1990 and delivered to its first owner in Madrid. It remained with that owner until 2009 when it was purchased by DK with just 4,900 Kms having been covered since new. The specification of this car is widely regarded as the ultimate variation of a road going F40 being a Non Cat with Non adjustable suspension – the collectors preference.
When supplied to its second owner by DK the car received a full and major service and Classiche Certification was applied for and duly granted without issue. Today the car has now covered 6,900 Kms and recently received a new set of Ferrari fuel cells (2014) as well as regular maintenance during his ownership. Aesthetically the car features some of the most visible carbon "weave" we have seen here at DK in many years. It is supplied with its original and complete books, tool kit, Classiche binder and history file.
Having sold as many F40s as we have, it is very difficult to pin point the cars that we would most like to keep, but it goes without saying that this is one of those. A rare opportunity to own what we think is one of the finest F40s in existence.