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Sliding windows - Non Cat & Non Adjust - 18,000 Miles

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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 80786 was delivered in September 1989 to its first owner Christian Philippsen (the then Treasurer of The French Ferrari Owners Club) By Charles Pozzi in Paris. The car was delivered very early on in the production run. Being one of the first, the specification of this car is widely regarded as the ultimate variation of a road F40 being a Non Cat with Non adjustable suspension with the addition of very rare but most sought after Sliding Perspex windows - the collectors preference. Philippsen must have enjoyed his F40 a great deal notching up a mighty impressive 10,000 kms between September 1989 and September 1990. The car was then sold to the owner of one of a French Ferrari dealership and was placed into his private collection being used sparingly over the next 15 years. This gentleman kept the car in his possession right up to 2007 (at which point the car had covered 24,000 kms) having the car regularly maintained by his own technicians and having the bag tanks replaced in 2004. Since purchasing the car the 3rd and current owner has had all maintenance work carried out by Garage Balducci at no expense spared being last serviced in February 2009 when every item requiring attention was rectified leaving this F40 with a clean bill of health.

In January 2010 a cambelt major service was carried out by DK Engineering including the fitment of a new clutch - 80786 has now covered an indicated 28,000 kms from new. An excellent example of the model in the most desirable specification available immediately, on the button and ready to use.