1990 Ferrari F40

Courtesy of Bonhams

“The take-up into the next gear is flawless and with the turbos cranking hard the blast of acceleration just goes on again; you seem to be in a blur of time, conquering distance, gearshifts and noise.”

“It has the tonal quality of an F1 engine, if not the sheer ferocity.”

“On a smooth road it is a scintillatingly fast car that is docile and charming in its nature, demanding but not difficult to drive, blessed with massive grip, and superb balance and manners. You can use its performance — the closest any production carmaker has yet come to race-car levels — and revel in it. … there’s little doubt it is the very personification of the term ‘sports car.’”

— Autocar magazine, May 1988

This exceptional European-spec F40 was completed in March of 1990. It left the factory void of catalytic converters, fitted with sport seats, adjustable suspension, six-point harnesses, and roll-up glass windows. The F40 was sold new in Japan. It would remain in Japan until being purchased by the consignor in May of 2015.

The car received a $9,000 service at Formula Automobile (Ferrari of Denmark) in 2015 and a fresh major service at Miller Motorcars of Greenwich, CT, in May 2017. A Ferrari Redbook application has also been submitted for Ferrari Classiche certification.

Offered with books, leather pouch, Redbook application, and $30,000 in receipts, which include the extremely recent major service, this superb F40 stands out as one of the absolute best examples to use and enjoy just as Enzo Ferrari intended.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

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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