An immensely important Ferrari, full-restored, will be auctioned in the UK next month.
In 1987 Ferrari announced the F40 to the world in celebration of Enzo Ferrari's forty years as an automaker. Exemplifying Ferrari values, the 200mph F40 relied on massive power, low weight, racing-inspired suspension, and superb aerodynamics, and the result was a car identical in performance to the substantially more complex Porsche 959. The two-seater mid-engine coupe was developed from the limited-production 288GTO whose 2.85-liter V8 was enlarged to a 2.94-liter, four-cam, 32-valve motor that produced 478hp.
The F40 chassis comprised a tubular steel spaceframe with carbon-fiber used for the doors, hood, boot lid and other removable panels. Pinninfarina produced the coachwork on the F40, which with body-contoured seats, absence of trim & carpeting, and sliding Plexiglas windows reinforced its image as a thinly veiled racecar. Having been involved in a head-on collision, celebrated Ferrari competition specialists Michelotto of Padova were commissioned for a full restoration. Think Scnitzer for BMW or AMG for Mercedes-Benz, Michelotto were the supervisors at the Marinello factory for the GT and sports prototype racing programs.
They also assisted on the development of the 288GTO and the F40.The rebuild took place in the mid-nineties, which included a completely new chassis provided by Ferrari (stamped with the original number) but that engine and gearbox were retained as the rear was undamaged in the accident. Set to go under the hammer at Bonhams UK in December, a £250,000 to £300,000 estimate has been attached to the 1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta. This represents an extremely rare chance to attain a fully restored example of the final model to bear the late Enzo Ferrari's personal imprint, a car he created in the spirit of the legendary Le Mans-winning 250LM.