The insatiable desire for ICE continues as a one-owner from new Ferrari F40 Berlinetta sells for a staggering £1,561,976 today at auction…
If there were any assumptions the dreaded internal combustion engine could be given the cold shoulder before the Zoute Sale, Knokke-Heist, Place Albert de Knokke Le Zoute, then think again as the last Ferrari to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari prior to his death in 1988, the iconic F40 hits top dollar selling for €1,840,000 (£1,561,976) inc. premium.
The ‘ultimate supercar’ was introduced in 1988 in celebration of the marque’s 40th year as a motor manufacturer and is reported to be the first production passenger car to have a claimed top speed of over 320km/h.
Nowadays, along with its jaw-dropping looks, the F40’s tactile appeal is the fact that it remains one of the last great ‘analogue’ supercars, designed and built at a time when the driver could take full control… before the introduction of any electronic interventions including anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, paddle-shift automatic gearboxes and even the lack of servo-assisted brakes which have since become the norm.
Ferrari marketing executive Giovanni Perfetti once said:
“We wanted it to be very fast, sporting in the extreme and Spartan. Customers had been saying our cars were becoming too plush and comfortable. The F40 is for the most enthusiastic of our owners who want nothing but sheer performance.”
This particular F40 is a desirable non-cat, non-adjustable model, ordered new in June 1989. The F40 was even ordered with the optional wind-up windows, which the owner considered more practical than the basic sliding windows.
The Ferrari F40 Berlinetta was originally registered in the owner’s company’s name on 15th December 1989 through a leasing agreement, which had been cancelled by 1992 when the car was taken off the road. It would remain dry-stored for the next nearly 30 years. Bizarrely, there is still a service sticker in the door opening, reminding the owner to return the car for its next service at 6,000 kilometres – in 1993!
“on a smooth road it is a scintillatingly fast car that is docile and charming in its nature; a car that is demanding but not difficult to drive, blessed as it is with massive grip and, even more importantly, superb balance and manners. You can use its performance – the closest any production carmaker has yet come to race car levels – and revel in it. …there’s little doubt it is the very personification of the term sports car.”
Incredibly, the odometer has a genuine mileage of only 1790kms recorded from new…
Bonhams Zoute Sale results can be found via this link.
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