Rare Ferrari F40 Prototype Up for Sale in Monaco

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A Ferrari F40 prototype is set to hit the auction block next month.

One of the most iconic Ferrari models ever built will head to auction next month in Monaco. The Ferrari F40 prototype is one of only eight ever produced by the Italian automaker and is completely decked out in racing livery. The prototype predates the production version F40 and has been upgraded to GT racing-spec by Italian firm Michelotto. As the most powerful, fastest and most advanced car of its time, the F40 truly stood up above the rest. The F40 prototype set to go to auction also has a long and interesting history.

It made its first public appearance at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show (the same year the legendary model went up for sale) and marked Ferrari's 40th anniversary per special request from Ferrari founder and head-honcho, the late Enzo Ferrari. Made out of carbon fiber, Kevlar and aluminum, the F40 packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine rated at 471hp good for a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds and capable of reaching a top speed of 202mph. This particular GT racing-spec model features weight-savings measures, bigger brakes, wider wheels and tires along with a power boost to about 600hp.

RM Auctions says that the Ferrari F40 prototype was taken care of magnificently and could command a fee somewhere in the region of £575,000-£750,000 (roughly $900,000-$1,200,000) when it hits the auction block at Monaco in May.

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