For a significant number of car enthusiasts, no vehicle, supercar or other, can compare to the Ferrari F40. If you are among them, you might want to find a way to get to Belgium this weekend.
On Sunday Bonham’s will offer a Berlinetta 1989 F40 to a barely touched owner at the Zoute auction in Knokke-Heist. The magnificent speed machine has spent much of the past three decades in dry storage, which means you’d be hard pressed to find a better-preserved example of the car in the aftermarket now … or ever.
Introduced in 1988, the F40 was supposed to celebrate 40 years of Enzo Ferrari at the automaker. And of course the supercar, which turned out to be the last vehicle he signed before his death, was something really special. The designers of the Prancing Horse succeeded in perfectly blending a road vehicle with a racing car, resulting in one of the most striking models of the time. Equally impressive, however, was its mid-mounted 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8. Paired with a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels, it’s capable of generating up to 471 horsepower and 426 ft-lbs of torque. It could also propel the car from zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds and to a top speed of 201 mph, which briefly made it the fastest production car of all time.
This example is from the car’s second year of production and is finished in the brand’s Rosso Corsa brand. At its core, the F40 was truly a legal racing car and had the interior stripped down to prove it. Its owner, however, opted for a few comforts, such as air conditioning and roll-up windows. Despite that, they didn’t drive the car much, only clocking 1,112 miles before it was put into storage in 1992. Strange as it sounds, it also means the winning bidder will end up with an F40. which is about as close to new as it gets.
Bonham’s expects the F40 to sell for between $ 1.2 million and $ 1.7 million, which matches recent sales figures for the car. Classic.com, which tracks rare auto sales, estimates the average auction price for this model at $ 1.6 million. Still, due to its reputation and condition, don’t be surprised if it’s worth much more.
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