Ferrari F40 for sale as new
Dubbed the world’s fastest street-legal production car (1987-1989), the Ferrari F40 broke out as successor to the 288 GTO with this impressive sports car. At the time of its production from 1987 to 1992–during which only 1,315 were produced–it was the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car for Ferrari. It debuted at a price of US$400,000, which was all the more considerable 20 years ago. Developed to help Ferrari regain its dominance in Formula One racing, it would be the last car that founder Enzo Ferrari would ever commission.
Ferrari was founded by the charismatic Enzo Ferrari in 1929, as Scuderia Ferrari. The company initially sponsored drivers and manufactured racing cars, before moving into the production of road vehicles as Ferrari S.p.A. in 1947. Throughout its history, the company has maintained a strong presence in competition racing – particularly in Formula One, where it has competed in every season since its inception and achieved a record 16 constructor’s titles along the way. The marque’s road cars are symbols of prestige, performance and exclusivity, and according to the British research firm, Brand Finance, Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand in 2013.
The Ferrari F40 (tipo F120) is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car engineered by Nicola Materazzi with styling by Pininfarina. It was built from 1987 to 1992, with the LM and GTE race car versions continuing production until 1994 and 1996 respectively.
As the successor to the 288 GTO (also engineered by Materazzi), it was designed to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary and was the last Ferrari automobile personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. At the time it was Ferrari’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car for sale.
The car debuted with a planned production total of 400 units
One of those that belonged to the Formula One driver Nigel Mansell was sold for the then record of £1 million in 1990, a record that stood into the 2010s. A total of 1,315 cars were manufactured with 213 units destined for the United States