1989 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta

Courtesy of Bonhams
  • Desirable “non-cat” and “non-adjustable” model
  • Three private owners and fewer than 20,000 kilometers (12,400 miles) from new
  • Single private ownership for over 25 years
  • Air conditioning, wind-up windows, Sabelt harnesses
  • Ferrari Classiche certified

The ultimate Ferrari of the 1980s, the F40 was one of the company’s original true supercars. Pioneering the use of carbon fiber in a road car, it was designed with lightness and aerodynamics in mind, with no concessions made for luxury.

Most remarkable was the twin-turbocharged V8 engine, derived from the 288 GTO, which achieved 478 horsepower. Zero to 60 mph took 3.8 seconds, and the F40 broke the Porsche 959’s record for the fastest production car ever built, having a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

These Ferrari supercars were immensely desirable when new, with bidding wars ensuing to acquire one and many changing hands at far above their original list price, and they have scarcely become less so since. Today the F40 is still rightfully regarded as one of the most significant modern Ferraris, and no collection of Maranello’s finest can be seen as complete without one.

Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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