It seem’s to be a week for Ferraris, well for classics for sale. This week has seen a few take the front page here at Enzari as details come through of another classic from the stables of Maranello coming up for auction. To be fair it’s difficult to dismiss them, if you have the means then you most certainly would add them to your car collection.
Now comes one from even my timeline, possibly one of the most famous of Ferraris when the prancing horse smashed the 200mph barrier and brought us the amazing F40, the supercar that adorned bedroom walls of boys, including myself back in the 80’s.
The F40 was special enough, officially the last car signed off by Enzo Ferrari before his death in 1988, the Ferrari F40 was a celebration of the companys 40th birthday. With a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It is a pure driver’s machine, no driver aids and a basic interior, the F40 was a raw supercar.
Then you had the F40 LM, probably the ultimate version of the Italian supercar. Offered for sale in its original French blue Le Mans livery and to be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s next February 2019, in Paris. Chassis (no74045) was originally used as a prototype for the F40 during development before being converted to LM specification by well-known race preparer Michelotto in 1992.
The F40 LM was then acquired by Michel Ferte in 1994 finishing 12th overall at Le Mans a year later, the car also tasted victory at BPR Global GT Series Anderstorp round the same year.
In 1996 the F40 was upgraded to GTE specifications with a wider rear wing added and had further success in the BPR.
Truly a car of legendary status the F40 this LM version with it’s livery and racing heritage is expected to fetch in the region of £4-5 million.