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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. During 2011 DK have executed a total of eleven F40 transactions. 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 was has spent all of its life in northern Italy until recent importation to the UK by DK Engineering. The car was supplied new to a Mr Benedetto of Milan by the main dealer Crepaldi Auto, based in Milan. Mr Benedetto sold the car in 1993 to the second keeper in 1993, a Mr Oliviero Busetti. The third and final owners from purchased the car in 1998 and the car has resided in Monza until 2011. The car has always been serviced by official Ferrari service agents in Milan, Brescia and Monza. The most recent service was carried out in September of 2011 by the main dealer, Rosso Monza, which included a cambelt change.
This 1991 car was fitted with a catalytic converter originally (although this has been replaced by a bypass pipe today) but without the adjustable suspension which sometimes featured on later cars. Chassis 88446 is remarkably original having covered just 16,000kms from new. The cars bodywork is in excellent condition with carbon Kevlar weave being clearly visible through the paintwork. This excellent Ferrari F40 is offered for sale exclusively by DK Engineering and is available to view immediately in our showrooms just outside of London