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Rare Ferrari F40 Prototype Is One Of Eight Ever Made

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Here's your chance to own a rare piece of Ferrari history.

Being one of the most iconic supercars of all time, the Ferrari F40 needs no introduction. Just over 1,300 examples were produced between 1987 and 1992, but the example you're looking at here is no ordinary F40 – it's a rare factory prototype that was never sold to the public.

Only eight F40 prototypes were ever made, and this is one of the few surviving examples. Sadly, one of them tragically burnt to a crisp in a fire during a road trip to Maranello back in 2017. If you fancy owning a piece of Ferrari history, a very rare F40 prototype, chassis number 75052, is currently listed for sale at British supercar dealer Tom Hartley Jr.

Compared to the standard production model, the prototype F40 can be distinguished by its different wing mirrors, five rear side vents instead of four, a thinner rear wing, a different kevlar weave to the tub, and quilted headlining. It was gifted as new by Enzo Ferrari to Marco Piccinini, the Motorsport Director of Ferrari and F1 Team Manager from 1978-1988.

The rare Prancing Horse prototype was recently mechanically re-commissioned by the factory and awarded its Red Book Classiche Certification that confirms it's a prototype, the owner it was gifted to and that it was gifted by Enzo Ferrari himself.

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The F40 prototype's specifications haven't been detailed, but it should closely match the production car's. If you need a recap, the F40 was designed to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary and was powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 478 horsepower. It was also the last supercar Enzo Ferrari helped build before his death in 1988.

According to the dealer, the F40 has clocked up 4,971 miles since it left the factory back in 1987. No price has been provided, but this extremely significant and rare piece of Ferrari's history certainly won't be cheap.