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. (Approximately 7 examples were converted to RHD for the Sultan of Brunei).
DK Engineering has completed over 200 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.
This superb example is an extremely sought after and rare opportunity. It was delivered new in February 1990 and is the collector’s preference specification being both “Non Cat” and “Non Adjust”. The first owner was Mr Bjorg who was supplied the car by Auto Diffusion S.A of Geneva, Switzerland. He would use the car most sparingly, covering just 1,700kms by the time of its second owner in 2004 (most likely because a “Non-Cat” car can not be registered in Switzerland), all the while enjoying annual services and timely fuel tank replacements.
At that time it was imported into the UK and since then has enjoyed a very thorough MOT history and annual maintenance schedule which helps authenticate its low mileage. Fuel tanks most recently replaced in 2014, and “Red Book” Classiche Certification has recently been awarded by the factory. The file contains many invoices, statements regarding originality and the paintwork presents very well with a lot of “weave” being visible all over the car.
Today this extraordinary example has covered just 2,371 kms from new. Most recently receiving its annual service in October 2019, this F40 presents on the button and is accompanied by its book pack, tools, tyre pump and most importantly its Classiche Certification.
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