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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 1,202kg 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 of 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 1,311 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.
DK Engineering have completed over 150 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 the leading F40 specialists in the world.
This superb example was delivered new in July 1989 to Signor L Sacchi via Official Ferrari dealer SA.MO.CAR S.P.A. Rome. Being an early cart it is the collector's preference specification of "Non-Cat" and "Non-Adjust" with wind up windows, Signor Sacchi remained the only owner for a number of years. During the small amount mileage covered it was maintained with no expense spared and always by the supplying dealer SA.MO.CAR.
In 1994 it was subsequently purchased by its second owner Mr S Antinori located in Rome. Remarkably it remained in the same family ownership for 20 years and in similar fashion to the original owner it continued to be maintained by the supplying dealer SA.MO.CAR with no expense spared.
In 2014 Vincenzo Malagò, the founder and owner of SA.MO.CAR purchased this exceptional F40 for his personal collection as only its third owner from new. Having maintained the car since initially supplying the car he was familiar and intimate with the cars history and therefore it was the top of the list for Vincenzo to own. SA.MO.CAR continued to maintain the car. In July 2015 it was sent back to the Ferrari factory where the Classiche department gave the car a most comprehensive major service including cambelts and fuel tanks. At that time the car received a cosmetic restoration to bring it back to "as new" condition and ultimately full red book certification was awarded. The depth of this work was so thorough the resultant bill was just over €62,000.
Today this extraordinary example has covered only 9,112 kms from new. It has just received a thorough annual service in March 2018. Accompanied by a bookpack, tools, tyre pump and most important its Classiche Certification this exceptional F40 is presented "on the button".
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