$2,750,000 is a lot of money, but the new owner got a great deal.
A unique Ferrari F40 that has struggled to find a new owner has finally sold for $2,750,000 at Barrett-Jackson's 2023 Scottsdale Auction.
The stunning Italian was offered at no reserve when it went up for sale last week but attracted big bucks, most likely owing to its unique specification. According to the esteemed auction house, the Italian thoroughbred led the field in sales and was one of a handful of vehicles that surpassed the $1 million mark.
Frankly, we're surprised it took this long for the Ferrari to find a good home. The F40 is already an exceptional motorcar, but this particular example has a wonderful backstory. Delivered to The Netherlands in 1989, the supercar was pressed into duty as a racecar and enjoyed spirited use in the Ferrari/Porsche Challenge series.
Following its retirement from motorsport, this F40 swapped out its yellow paintwork for a unique Grigio Nardo finish. This exclusive hue is the work of the Zanasi Group, a renowned restoration specialist in Italy that paints Ferrari's limited editions. The 2.9-liter engine has also received some work, resulting in a spectacularly fast F40.
Stock, the twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces a considerable 471 horsepower - plenty in a car as light as the F40. But thanks to the experts at Michelotto, this gray-painted example produces an incredible 700 horses. Should you feel brave enough, the fettled V8 can deliver nearly 1,000 hp to the rear wheels.
That makes this particular F40 even more potent than the 296 GTB, which uses a V6 engine and electric motor to produce a combined 819 hp.
Other vehicles sold at the Scottsdale auction include a Ford GT Carbon Series ($1,320,000), a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT ($1,595,000), and a 1966 Shelby Group II Mustang ($770,000).
We're delighted to see that this Ferrari will go off to a good home, and we hope it will be used and enjoyed, not hidden away in a collection. Let's just hope it doesn't surface again in search of another new owner.
It's not the only example that went up for grabs recently. Toto Wolff, team principal and CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, recently listed his low-mileage Ferrari F40. With just 3,440 miles on the clock, the fiery red Italian has a lot of life left in it and will undoubtedly be enjoyed by its new owner.
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