Ferrari F40 Restoration

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The 6th F40 Prototype with successful racing pedigree

- The 6th F40 Prototype

- Displayed at the 1987 Frankfurt Motorshow

- Owned by Ferrari SPA until 1991

- Converted in 1991by Michelotto to full F40 CSAI GT spec.

- Successful racing pedigree, 2nd overall in the Italian GT Championship

- Ferrari Classiche Attestation

- Full copies of Michelotto build sheets

- Chassis number ZFFGJ34B000074047. Engine number 32308

- Restoration by DK during 2013

With its ferocious performance and scintillating aerodynamic styling, Ferrari's F40 has often been called the greatest supercar ever built. The model recalled Maranello's revered tradition of sport/racing cars during the 1950s and early 1960s, conceived as a race-ready Ferrari that could be driven to the track with the manners of a road car. Claiming the distinction as the last model engineered under Enzo Ferrari's leadership, the appropriately named F40 commemorated four decades of Ferrari production.

Not long after the F40's official début at a July, 1987 press conference in Maranello, discussions of a special competition-prepared version emerged, and the necessary tuning and modifications were entrusted to Giuliano Michelotto, whose work on the Lancia Stratos rally cars and the Ferrari 308 IMSA cars had earned him due praise. Michelotto's conversions of several stock F40 examples into so-called F40 GT specifications were then sold by the factory to privateer racers. The GT modifications, which employed an even lighter body by the renowned restorer Dino Cognolato, proved to be a forerunner to more purpose- built racing versions, such as the F40 LM and the F40 LM Evolution.

There were only 7 F40 GTs built and this car was the first to be converted to F40 GT csai spec. All were built by Michelotto - famous for handling various Ferrari Spa backed projects. These cars were described as F40 CSAI-GT cars and all featured 590 hp engines, larger F40 LM Brembo brakes and F40 LM cooling ducts, lighter carbon fibre front and rear clam shells, bodies [1050 kg], Lightweight doors that included plexi glass sliding windows, racing uni-ball rose jointed supspension, F40 LM wishbones, fully adjustable anti roll bars (front and rear, quick fill fuel system, hydraulic quick lifts jacks modified undertrays based on those of an F40 LM with extra cooling ducts for the engine and flat floors, F40 LM rear brakes, Uprated gearboxes with many F40 LM parts inside, a fire system; wider CSAI-GT speedline wheels; ride height dropped 5 cm. Wheelbase: 2,450 mm (96.5").

This extremely rare F40 Prototype/GT combines a number of unusual distinctions to result in highly desirable provenance. There is a strong likelihood that 74047 is the prototype that was used primarily for press conferences and display at public events, as it was exhibited at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show on the stand of Auto Becker, an official German importer of Ferraris. A month later, the car was spotted at the Ferrari Club Italia meeting in Imola. Original Michelotto build sheets indicate that 74047 was upgraded prior to its public displays, receiving extensive GT modifications between May and July of 1987, where it was, in fact, referred to as an F40 LM. For the first years of its life, 74047 was owned and registered by Ferrari SpA on Modena number plates.

In 1991, 74047 returned to Michelotto for further race-oriented improvements, and the car is believed to be the first of seven F40 examples to receive such conversions. These modifications included lowering the ride height by five centimetres, tuning the engine for an increase to approximately 590 bhp, upgrading the Brembo brakes, installing a racing uniball suspension, a quick-fill fuel system, extra NACA cooling ducts, a fire system and wider Speedline wheels. Original Michelotto invoices reflecting the exact modifications are included with the car's documentation, significantly enriching the strength of the car's recorded history.

Following GT conversions, 74047 was sold to Luca Sartori, an Italian private racer who campaigned the car in the début 1992 season of the newly formed Gran Criterium Supercar GT series. 74047 took the checkered flag twice and placed 2nd six times during the 1992 season, resulting in an impressive 2nd place overall season finish. In preparation for the 1993 season, this F40 GT returned to Michelotto for further upgrades to remain competitive under new C.S.A.I. GT specifications. Repainted in Ferrari Club Italia colours and campaigned again in the Criterium, now renamed the Italian Supercar GT Championship, 74047 finished 2nd three times.

Currently the car benefits from a restoration at DK Engineering, which included a full top end engine rebuild, new fuel cells, overhauled turbos and gearbox freshen up as part of a faithful restoration to 1993 CSAI GT Specification including the stunning blue livery. The suspension and brakes were also overhauled, crack tested and replaced as necessary. EC Duty paid and UK road registered, this F40's unparalleled provenance is supported by an interesting file which includes a Ferrari Classiche Attestation (awarded to cars of a historic significance), Michelotto Build sheets and a copy of the Italian title confirming Ferrari Spa as the owner from 1987 to 1991.

From the extreme rarity of its identity as an F40 prototype and one of very few officially upgraded F40 GT specification cars, as well as its documented and highly successful racing history and display at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor show, this beautifully presented and blisteringly fast F40 Prototype/GT is one of the most desirable examples of the celebrated supercar ever offered for sale. In addition, it would crown any collection of Maranello racing machines or road cars; it is road registered and promises its next caretaker wonderful provenance and performance as one of the marque's most exactingly developed performers.

Race History

March 15, 1992 Raced in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT event #1 at Monza by Luca Sartori on race #3, placed 5th, painted red

March 25, 1992 Raced in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT event #2 at Vallelunga, near Rome, by Luca Sartori on race #3, placed 8th, painted red

May 24, 1992 Raced in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT event #3 at Vallelunga, near Rome, by Luca Sartori on race #3, placed 6th, painted red

June 14, 1992 Raced in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT event #4 at Misano Adriatico, Santamonica, by Luca Sartori on race #3, painted red, DNF

June 28, 1992 Raced in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT event #5 at Mugello by Luca Sartori, placed 2nd, painted red

July 26, 1992 Raced in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT event #6 at Misano Adriatico, Santamonica, by Luca Sartori, painted red, DNF

September 20, 1992 Raced in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT event #7 at Mugello by Luca Sartori on race #3

1993 Repainted from red to lightblue with white bottom

May 16, 1993 Raced in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT event at Vallelunga by Luca Sartori

May 30, 1993 Raced in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT event at Misano Adriatico, Santamonica, by Luca Sartori

October 10, 1993 Seen at the Supercar event at Mugello with Luca Sartori, race #3

October 21-23, 1994 Driven by Luca Sartori during the Ferrari 348 Challenge Finals at Mugello on race #25

2013 - Restoration carried out by DK Engineering.

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