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“A little more than a year ago I expressed a wish to my engineers,” an almost 90-year-old Enzo Ferrari told an automotive press that had journeyed to Maranello on July 21, 1987, for the introduction of a new model. “Build a car to be the best in the world. And now that car is here.”
With that decree, a red cover was pulled aside, revealing the new Ferrari F40. A project overseen by Il Commendatore, the F40 was a celebration of the marque’s 40th anniversary as a motorcar manufacturer. A follow-up to the 288 GTO, the mid-engine, two-seater F40 exemplified traditional Ferrari values and relied on power, low weight, race-bred suspension, and aerodynamics to compete with Porsche’s technological tour de force, the 959.
Constructed by Scaglietti, the F40’s sharp but graceful shape was styled by longtime collaborator Pininfarina and drew on Ferrari’s Formula 1 experience. Like the 288 GTO, the F40 utilized a tubular steel chassis and double-wishbone suspension setup, but differed in its use of carbon fiber composites on the floor pan, dashboard, and front bulkhead, helping the F40 achieve a curb weight of just 2,425 pounds.
Constructed of composite materials including Nomex, Kevlar, and carbon fiber, the wind tunnel-developed body incorporated aerodynamic aides in the form of a low, sloped nose and high rear-mounted wing. Set against Speedline wheels hiding 13" Brembo ventilated disc brakes, the side profile was highlighted by a Lexan, louvered rear window that connected the roofline to the cutoff tail. The hood contained retractable headlights and NACA-design air intakes.
The F40’s interior featured little in terms of amenities, and it eliminated features such as a glove box, carpeting, door handles, and a radio to reduce unnecessary weight. Fabric-covered race seats with deep side bolsters were rendered out of carbon fiber and set up to enable three-point harnesses. Air-conditioning was a concession to civility.
A development from the 288 GTO, the F40’s 90º alloy V-8 displaced 2.9 liters and distributed output to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. Employing four valves per cylinder, dry sump lubrication, twin IHI turbochargers feeding intake air via a pair of Behr intercoolers at 1.1 bar, and a Weber-Marelli IAW engine management system, power was rated by the factory at 478 hp at 7,000 rpm and 425 lbs./ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Still impressive today, the F40 could sprint from 0–60 mph in 4.1 seconds on its way to a 201 mph top speed. In its September 1991 “World’s Fastest Cars” issue, Road & Track magazine ran an F40 to 100 mph in eight seconds flat, the quarter-mile in 11.8, and found the car to be quicker than the Porsche 959. The road-going F40 was produced from 1987 to 1992, and limited to 1,315 units.
According to an accompanying report by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this F40 is the third of just 213 US-market cars built and was completed by the factory on September 5, 1990. Sold new through Miller Motorcars of Greenwich, Connecticut, it was finished in Rosso Corsa over a Stoffa Vigogna interior, as were all F40s, and equipped with nonadjustable suspension and catalytic converter.
This F40 presents in outstanding condition throughout and has covered less than 7,500 miles from new. Illustrating care and attention, the interior appears well kept, while the dashboard displays no deterioration or shrinkage, a common malady. In addition, the consignor notes that original factory markings are still present in the engine compartment, attesting to the car’s unrestored condition.
Offered with books, tools, and tire inflator, this F40 was treated to an extensive service by a specialist in December 2018, at which time it received a new battery, belts, pulleys, plugs, fluids, and injectors, while its clutch slave cylinder was replaced, and the fuel pump system was overhauled.
“The F40 is for the most enthusiastic of our owners who want nothing but sheer performance,” Ferrari’s marketing officer, Giovanni Perfetti, told Britain’s Autocar magazine in 1987. The F40, which marries function and form so beautifully, is one of the most sought-after supercars of its generation. An outstanding low-mileage, US-spec example such as this would be a highlight in any serious Ferrari collection.