A 1987 Ferrari F40 LM has sold for a staggering €4.842.500 at RM Sotheby’s sixth annual sale during the world-famous Rétromobile show week in Paris 6th February 2019.
1987 saw Ferrari celebrate its 40th anniversary in style by launching arguably the most uncompromising road car the Italian marque had ever designed. An F40 that boasted twin-turbochargers and could muster an eye popping 201mph, and deliver a chest banging 471bhp.
Following some ‘in house’ confrontation, that saw French Ferrari importer Charles Pozzi overriding the Italian factory, the F40 LM was finally given its track debut in 1989.
Chassis no. 74045 carries a distinguished and fascinating history, being used as a pre-production prototype by the factory and subsequently bought by former Le Mans and IMSA driver Rene Herzog in early 1992. The F40 was swiftly delivered to Michelotto by Herzog, then given a conversion to LM specification.
Rm Sotheby’s report that the car was sold to GT Racing impresario Stephane Ratel in 1995, who raced it in the European GT Championship of that year, but in turn sold the car mid-season to the French Pilot-Aldix team for use in the BPR Global GT Series of that year.
Once again given dressed in its glorious livery, worn on its competitive swansong at Nogaro in 1996, the car represents everything a true Ferrari should. A competitive and successful racing career, which included two outings at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this particular F40 LM is now treasured by a rather prestigious Ferrari collector.