1991 Ferrari F40
Correct Matching Numbers: Ferrari Classiche Certified
Prestigious Provenance – Impeccable Maintenance History
As early as 1984, the Maranello factory had begun development of an Evolution model of the 288 GTO intended to compete in the FIA Group B series. However, when the FIA brought an end to the Group B category for the 1986 racing season, Ferrari was left with five 288 GTO Evoluzione development cars and no series in which to campaign them. Enzo Ferrari desired a car to serve as his final statement – maker; a vehicle encompassing the best in track-developed technology and capable of being a showcase for what the Ferrari engineers were capable of creating. The company's upcoming 40th anniversary provided just the right occasion for the car to debut. As Enzo had predicted it would, the F40 would become the last car to be commissioned by him before his death.
The Ferrari F40 is a mid - engine rear-wheel drive, two-door sports car produced by Ferrari from 1989 to 1992 as the successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO. In 1989 it held the title as the world's fastest street-legal production car, during its years of production it was Ferrari's fastest, most powerful and most expensive car. When debuted, the factory retail list price was £193,000. Due to the small numbers produced and the high demand worldwide for the “first real road supercar” it was reported that some owners had paid up to One Million Pounds to own this Ultimate Ferrari model.
This beautifully presented F40 was delivered new on 3rd July 1991 in Monaco, to the Formula 1 driver Pierluigi Martini and commissioned in the classic livery of Rosso Fer 300/9 with Stoffa Vigogna interior, which has not been changed to this day. The car has had just two other owners; Emmanuel Doux (from the eponymous food business) and a Boeing 747 captain, a lifelong automobile enthusiast and the current owner. The active suspension was removed by Ferrari on the request of the previous owner, but everything required to reinstate it will be supplied with the car.
With a recorded mileage of 29,966 km from new, the car has recently had a major service carried out by Pozzi workshop in Levallois, which included replacing the belts and tanks. The car has just completed a service at HR Owen Ferrari of London prior to delivery to its new owner.
As expected, the car comes complete with its original handbooks and stamped service book, a comprehensive history file and Ferrari Classiche certification. With prestigious provenance, low mileage, small number of owners and impeccable maintenance, this Ferrari is undoubtedly one of the best available.
The last Enzo Ferrari masterpiece, it will remain forever as one of the most important and influential models in Maranello history.
Available for viewing at our central London showroom.