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 converters 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. We have sold close to 200 examples and our workshops have maintained approximately 100 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.
DK Engineering has completed over 200 sales of this iconic supercar. Our workshops have maintained approximately 100 different examples at various points in their life over the past twenty-five years. With this, we are generally acknowledged as the leading F40 specialist in the world.
The collector's preference, this ‘Non-Cat, Non- Adjust example’ was first supplied to Mr Doriano via Auto La Rotunda of Florence in March 1990. It was serviced by Autofficina Mauro during its early life. Moreover, the car features sliding “Lexan” windows which are a rare and very sought after option.
This example has been known to DK for some years and was first imported into the UK in 2014 by the now CEO of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown. Upon arrival and with a mileage of just 13,500 kms, the car was comprehensively inspected and serviced at SB Race Engineering. The cambelt service was carried out along with the required fuel tank replacement. At this time, the tanks were converted to aluminium rather than the perishable bag setup meaning this car will not require new fuel tanks every 10 years. Further work was carried out including a new clutch, clutch release bearing, new tyres and various perishable rubbers. At this time, a fire extinguishing system was also installed in the car.
Well cared for, this example has also been serviced by Barkaways on several occasions for various parts and then received a turbocharger overhaul by Riverside Engineering in February 2017. Later that year, the car would be sourced and inspected by DK and subsequently purchased by its second UK owner who retains the car to date. At that time we carried out a major service including cambelts and the car received paint protection film. It has been stored and maintained by ourselves throughout his ownership and since purchase, he has covered 3,000 kms taking it to a total of 17,400 km. Accompanied by a full book pack, history file and red book Classiche Certification, this example is available to view immediately having just received a major service and pre-sale inspection in our workshops.
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