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This Ferrari F40 Is Practically Fresh From The Factory

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You're looking at of the best examples of the Ferrari F40 we’ve ever seen.

Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, not to mention Ferrari's 70th anniversary, there's never been a better time to reacquaint ourselves with the Ferrari F40. One of the most seminal supercars of all time built to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary, only 1,315 examples were made between 1987 and By now, you can probably trot out all the relevant facts without thinking. The F40 was the last car to be overseen by Enzo Ferrari before his untimely death, and packs a twin-turbo, 3.0-litre V8 sourced from the 288 GTO, producing 478-hp.

Combined with its lightweight carbon fiber body and chassis, the F40 became the first supercar to break the 200 mph barrier in the 1980s. You sometimes see F40s looking for new owners at auctions, but this has to be one of the best examples we've ever seen. What makes this 1989 model F40 so special is that it's barely been used, which, quite frankly, should be a criminal offence. It was originally sold to its first owner in Austria in 1989 who drove it over 930 miles. It was then sold to an ambitious Italian collector. They already owned an F40, but they wanted to convert their purchase into a hardcore LM specification for track use. Sadly, this never happened.

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This meant that the car became a static display car for the best part of 20 years. Mercifully, its current owner treated the iconic supercar to a thorough restoration by renowned Maranello-based Ferrari restorers Carrozzeria Zanasi last year, which apparently cost over 300,000 Euros. It's even been certified as 'Classiche' by Ferrari. Since its restoration, the F40 has clocked up less than 370 miles, making it practically fresh from the factory. Prior to the restoration, it covered "less than a verified 3000 km," which is around 1,800 miles. Silverstone Auctions expects it to fetch between 875,000 and 975,000 GBP ($1.12 M - $1.25M) when it goes under the hammer next month.