Ferrari F40


The Ferrari F40 was the first of Ferrari’s ‘ultimate’ cars and was built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th birthday. When the car was launched in 1987 it quickly became one of the most popular Ferraris ever to have been built, and although 1311 cars were built with a recommended sale price of around $400, 000, the demand for these cars was so high that it is said that some buyers paid close to $1.5 million for the privilege of owning one.

Nowadays, the high prices seem slightly unjustified when you consider that it had plastic windows, no stereo system, no carpets, and no door handles.

However, buyers ignored the shortfalls because they realised they had a piece of Ferrari history. In fact, this car not only played a part in Ferrari’s history but also automotive history as a whole. Between 1987 and 1989, the F40 was the fastest street legal car in the world, partly because of its extensive aerodynamic testing, its twin turbocharged 2.9 litre V8 engine, and the materials used for the body panels, and it was also the first road legal car to break the 200 mph barrier.

Unfortunately, the F40 was the last Ferrari to be launched before the death of Ferrari’s founder, Enzo Anselmo Ferrari, in August 1988.

The F40 is still a much sought after car, with models on sale at the moment from around £300, 000 – £400, 000.

Statistics

  • 0-60              3.8 seconds
  • Top Speed   201 mph
  • BHP              478
  • Torque         577 Nm
  • Price             £300, 000 +

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