Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Black 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 channelled 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.

Now, the interesting thing about this one - as you may well have spotted - is that it's black. They all left the factory in red, so it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to paint one in an alternative hue. Not to mention a thick skin, given the abuse you'll undoubtedly receive from the purists.
There are quite a few non-red F40s in the world, of course; a metallic blue one is doing the rounds in London at the moment, there's a chrome blue one in Japan, someone in the States has wrapped one in matte green, and Gas Monkey Garage painted theirs black... hell, there are yellow ones, white ones, silver ones... alright, so it's not actually that unusual to find F40s that aren't red. But whatever - this one looks pretty spectacular in its mile-deep glossy black paint, doesn't it? I'm sure il Commendatore would approve.

More from the 2015 FoS here.

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