Monday, 23 February 2015

1987 Ferrari F40

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

There's not a lot to say about the F40 that hasn't been said a million times before. The archetypal 1980s supercar poster-boy, it was Enzo's last sign-off - a celebration of the 40th anniversary of his first car, and a boisterous 90th birthday present to himself. The 2.9-litre engine with its twin IHI turbos produced 478bhp, which was all channeled entirely without electronic intervention through those fat rear tyres. It was a real contender in the late-eighties supercar wars, able to hit 60mph in 3.9s and top the mythical double-ton, and it looked like a full-on race car. (Despite, er, not actually being designed to race.) It's a legend. Everyone wants one, and anyone who says otherwise is a filthy liar.
This particular one is rather special, as it's an early '87 model - production ran from 1987-92 - and is one of just a smattering that were sold with sliding Lexan windows. It's up for sale at £975,000 which, although eye-watering, is probably one of the last times you'll see one of these without a seven-figure price tag.

Spotted at Joe Macari - more photos here.

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