Chassis number 80742 was, and is, one of the most iconic and successful F40s in existence. Initially raced in the famous "MonteShell" livery in 1993, it won a staggering nine out of ten rounds that season and indeed the championship. For the next year, and rebranded in "Totip" livery, it was (with a variety of drivers) again the most winning car that season. This car was certainly the most successful of the original 7 CSAI GT examples produced by Michelotto.
It was raced with great success and upgraded during its racing life ultimately becoming the "LM" specification that it is today utilising a specially built and supplied Michelotto LM engine and gearbox. This championship winning car, the only F40 to have won an FIA championship, was sold by DK in late 2017.
Upon his purchase, the new owner immediately charged us with the tasks of both full restoration and race preparation. Whilst being complete, it was very tired indeed and was taken back to a bare shell. The total job was completed in just five months, seeing the DK team work tirelessly both night and day through weekends and bank holidays. The car was first tested in May 2018 at the Challenge and GT Days at the Red Bull Ring in Austria where it ran faultlessly. Prepared in anticipation of the Masters Endurance Legends series, later in 2018, now with LM rear wing and front clam fitted, 80742 was raced in that series at the Silverstone Classic, making for its first competitive outing.
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