Playing with the F40 in our 70-mph society is like going deer hunting with a rocket launcher
Introduced in 1988 to celebrate Enzo Ferrari’s 40 years as a carmaker, the F40 was the last car with a design personally approved by the great man himself. With a top speed of 201 mph and 0-60 mph time of under four seconds, the F40 was the world’s fastest production automobile and the ultimate supercar of its day.
A four-cam, 3-liter V8 was equipped with four valves per cylinder and employed twin turbochargers to generate 478 hp at 7,000 rpm and 426 lb-ft of torque. Of equal technical interest was the method of chassis construction, with the F40 drawing on Ferrari’s Formula One experience in its use of composites. A one-piece plastic molding, the body was bonded to the tubular steel chassis to create a lightweight structure of immense rigidity. The door, hood, trunk and other removable panels were carbon fiber.
Pugnaciously styled by Pininfarina, the Ferrari F40 incorporates the latest aerodynamic aids in the form of a dam-shaped nose and high rear airfoil, yet contrived to be a thing of beauty non etheless. The F40’s interior re-enforced its image as a thinly disguised race car.
This U.S.-specification, catalytic-converter-equipped F40 was previously owned by a Ferrari enthusiast, whose race car driver son also owned one of these fabulous machines. Finished in the F40’s traditional Rosso Corsa with matching interior, the car has covered approximately 4,331 miles from new and is presented in commensurately excellent condition. It is equipped with a desirable Borla exhaust, and offered complete with instruction book, tools and U.S. title.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a fine example of the last model to bear the late Enzo Ferrari’s personal imprint, created by him in the image of the legendary Le Mans-winning 250LM.