A chance to own one of the most famous Ferraris ever made owned by one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
30 years on, the F40 is still considered to be one of the most fabled Ferraris ever made and one of the most iconic supercars of all time. If your bedroom wall was covered in car posters in the late 1980s, chances are the F40 featured somewhere. 1,311 examples of the F40 were built between 1987 and 1991, so it’s far from the rarest Ferrari ever made. This one for sale at GVE London, however, is rather special. That’s because it was owned by the legendary guitar god Eric Clapton, who also happens to be a renowned Ferrari fanatic.
Such is his passion for Ferrari, that he commissioned the creation of the one-off SP12, a bespoke 458 made to look like a 512 Berlinetta worth millions of dollars. He’s also owned a 250 SWB, but no Ferrari collection is complete without an F40. What we have here, then, is one of the greatest exotics of all time owned by one of the greatest guitarists of all time. According to the listing, the 1991 model F40 has less than 6,800 miles and has lived a “highly pampered life,” so you can be assured that it’s in exquisite condition inside and out, having also had a fuel system refresh in 2008.
Clapton owned it from 2000 – 2003, before passing it onto the current owner who has kept it regularly serviced. Complementing its iconic Rosso Corsa red exterior is a matching red interior, and it also features a factory-fitted catalytic converter. The F40’s original 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 remains, producing 471 horsepower. GVE London has valued Clapton’s former F40 at $1.1 million, which may sound like a lot, but it seems relatively cheap considering its immaculate condition and celebrity owner, and especially when you factor that classic car specialists Hagerty estimates that an F40 in “excellent” or "concours" condition can sell between $1.6 to $1.75 million.
If the F40 doesn’t take your fancy, this isn’t the only famous Ferrari recently found for sale – if you like your 1980s TV shows more than your rock, the Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa and Magnum PI Ferrari 308 GTS recently crossed the auction block.