In a world where Cadillac sedans are hitting 60 miles an hour in under 4.0 seconds, a car like the Ferrari F40 may seem insignificant. This would be a gross misunderstanding. Sheer speed isn't everything this car is about. It's about the delivery, the theater and the engineering. In the mid 1980s, Ferrari set out to create a successor to the 288GTO. Their sights were aimed squarely on the Porsche 959 in FIA Group B. After Group B came to a halt in 1986, this left Ferrari with a partially developed supercar with no race series in which to field it. Nevertheless, the F40 bowed in 1987, powered by a 2.9 liter, twin turbocharged V8 producing 471 horsepower with 16 psi of boost.
Accompanying the impressive powerplant was a body constructed of revolutionary materials, such as carbon fiber, kevlar and alumninum. Along with sparse interior accoutrements, this led to a low curb weight of 2,400 lbs. As a result, this car could reach 100 mph in about 7.5 seconds and could power on all the way to 201 mph, the first road legal production vehicle to break the 200 mph barrier. It isn't everyday an F40 comes up for sale, and this US spec example for sale in New Orleans is in impressive condition.
1990 Ferrari F40. 6,700 miles. Fully Serviced. Books, tools, records. In February 2012, this F40 completed a full service; mileage at end of service and current is 6699 miles. This F40 has all of original body parts, The paint is glossy and the body has no defects. The interior is clean and has no blemishes. The car is mechanical sound and the engine compartment has no fluid leaks. The tires are the proper size and match. A clean title.
We bought this pristine F40 from the private collection of the 1st owner in 2004 with 800 miles. The AutoCheck history report is described as having a mileage discrepancy in 2004. This is a erroneously report, The car was in the possession of Ferrari at the time of the alleged discrepancy and did not have a odometer repair, replaced or malfunction. Included with all records are documents from Ferrari stating and declaring the mileage on the car was correct mileage with no discrepancy.
Last year, Gooding & Company sold a US Spec F40 for $495,000 in Scottsdale. In 2008, a similar F40, albeit with a very low 712 miles, sold for $735,000 at the R&M Auctions Monterey Preview. The asking price of this example is in the ballpark. While these cars are impressive on their own technical merit, an overarching fact about the F40 is that it was the very last Ferrari to be commissioned by Enzo Ferrari before his death in August 1988. With this car, the old man went out on a high note.
As Jeremy Clarkson so eloquently put it in the following clip, this just isn't a supercar, it is the supercar.