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Monday, July 26, 2010

1989 Ferrari F40 - Classic Car For Sale


Lot 146 Registration Number: UK registered Chassis Number: ZFFGJ34B00078375 The F40 needs no introduction. It is the quintessential ‘ultra car‘, developed by Ferrari to blast their competitors out of the limelight. In 1984 Ferrari had launched their spectacular 288 GTO, a limited production car which was to wrest the title of World‘s Fastest Production Car away from Lamborghini, and which had been developed for Group B racing. Michelotto were engaged by Ferrari to develop the car for competition use, with close collaboration by the factory and the Evolution version was extensively tested. However, a change of direction by the F.I.A. saw the abandonment of Group B racing and the GTO was obsolete even before it had turned a wheel in competition. The development work was not wasted, however. It is well-known that the F40 was launched in 1987 to celebrate Ferrari‘s fortieth year as a manufacturer. This car was to be Enzo Ferrari‘s swansong; introduced in the year before the great man died. It was the last car sanctioned personally by him and was a fitting testimony to the no-compromise character who has become one of motoring‘s leading figureheads. The F40 was a car in the great Ferrari tradition of high-performance sports cars that was equally at home on the road or the race track. Following in the footsteps of such legends as the 250 Tour de France, SWB and GTO, it has successfully competed in world-class endurance racing while at the same time holding the title of "World‘s Fastest Production Car". Further competition success at national and club level in many countries, including the IMSA Championship in the USA, has contributed to this incredible car‘s outstanding reputation. This F40 was manufactured in 1989 and was first registered in the UK in 1997. Supplied with a V5 registration document, MoT test certificate valid until April 2010 and detailed history file with main dealer records, this F40 is fitted with non-adjustable suspension and pre catalytic converter. In 2010 Bob Houghton, Ferrari specialists since 1981, carried out a full service and road test on the car and replaced the tank bags. Having covered 10,000 miles from new, with all original paintwork and seals, this unmolested F40 is described by the vendor as being in excellent condition throughout. Evidently, this is a very well presented and maintained low mileage F40, which in today’s market is proving an increasingly rare automobile to find.


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