Ferrari F40 Vs Porsche 959 - Which Would You Pick?

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These two 1980s icons are expected to fetch over $1 million each at auction.

In the 1980s, there were two main competitors in the supercar wars: the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959. The first to debut was the Porsche 959 back in 1986, which was the fastest production car in the world - until the Ferrari F40 came along just one year later. Powering the Porsche 959 was a rear-mounted, 2.85-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six producing 444 horsepower, enabling it to hit 0-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 197 mph, which was mind-boggling in the 1980s.

Built to celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary, the F40, on the other hand, packed a 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 cranking out 478 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque, enabling the Italian supercar to sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds and go on to a top speed of 201 mph. With no electronic assists and no power steering, the F40 is a far more analog supercar than the modern Ferrari SF90 Stradale. Without question, these are two of the greatest and most influential supercars ever made - and both of them are coincidentally being sold at the same auction next month.

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Of the two, the Porsche 959 is the most pristine example having covered only 5,822 miles since it left the factory back in 1987. Finished in silver with a grey leather interior, the car was first sold to German racing driver Bernd Schwebel. Options included heated driver and passenger Sport seats with power height adjustment.

The 959 was later imported into the US and bought by a collector in Southern California who sent the car to Canepa Design for some upgrades including a Canepa Design suspension system, Sport roll cage, upgraded wheels, tires, and headlights, a custom audio system a 200 mph speedometer from the 959 Sport, and a custom steering wheel with an extended hub.

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A five-point harness was also installed, while the engine benefitted from the Generation IV Performance upgrade. The final work at Canepa was to attain a street-legal status for the 959 in the state of California, which it received in January 2012, and it still retains its California State BAR compliance sticker. In total, over half a million dollars was invested in this 959. It's also been street legal in California since 2012. RM Sotheby's estimates the 1987 Porsche 959 will fetch between $1,000,000 and $1,250,000.

The Ferrari F40, on the other hand, is a 1992 Classiche-certified example and one of the most immaculate examples you're ever likely to find. One of the last cars built, this particular F40 is the 199th of 213 examples built for the US and one of only 22 built in 1992. It's only clocked up 12,759 miles since it started life in 1992 and is expected to sell for between $1,200,000 and $1,400,000. Bidding for both cars will take place at RM Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in Florida, which runs on March 6 and 7. Don't forget to bring your checkbook.

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