Here’s something you don’t see at an auction everyday; A Ferrari F40 . Yep, the supercar of our childhood was auctioned off at the Historics at Brooklands Auction in Surrey, England this past weekend.
The fabled F40, once the fastest production car on the planet, holds a number of historical distinctions, including the title of being the last Ferrari model to ever be commissioned by the company’s founder Enzo Ferrari to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary of producing vehicles at the company’s plant in Maranello.
This particular F40, which was built in 1989, was expected to attract a sizable number of bid with the organizers of the Historics at Brooklands Auction pegging the bid value of the car to reach somewhere around $430,000 to as high as $500,000.
There’s no doubt that spending close to half-a-million is a lot of money to part with, even for the lofty standards of high-end auctions like this one. But if it means getting your hands on one of the most sought-after Ferrari’s in company history – and one that only has around 10,500 miles on its tread – then the very thought of seeing your $500,000 fly off into the sunset may just be a little worth it.
Desperate people are capable of desperate actions, even if the results of what they do become far less appealing than if they had just left everything alone.
Take this man for example.
Clearly, this man has a unique – and maybe even obsessive – love for Ferrari . The only problem is, he doesn’t have one, or at least a real and authentic Prancing Horse. What he does have is a Chevrolet Corvette C4, which, by all accounts, is far from being a run-of-the-mill sports car. But as is the case with obsessive compulsive fixations, the owner of this monstrosity decided – how he decided on this, we’ll never know – to build a replica Ferrari F40 using the Corvette C4.
If you ask us, there are a few things current and hoping Ferrari owners should always know. If you can afford the ride, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have one inside your garage, but if you don’t have the financial wherewithal to buy your own Ferrari, please, for all that is good and holy in this world, do not make any attempts in turning a nice car like a Corvette C4 into the motherload of all horrendously crappy vehicles.
You know how some sellers throw in sweeteners in an effort to entice buyers to close a deal? Well, this particular homeowner is selling his $4.4 million Malibu home and he’s even willing to give up his Ferrari F40 to the person who buys his house.
Talk about a real signing bonus.
In addition to acquiring a mega-sized estate with a picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean, the person who ends up buying the house will get a free F40 for his trouble. With only 800 miles in the odometer, the F40 looks to be in tip-top shape and is even valued at $750,000. Now, getting the free F40 would mean that you’d have to shell out over $4 million to buy the house.
But given the size of the house – it has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a
13-car garage – and its prime real estate location, it sure looks like a relative bargain as far as high-end houses are concerned. There’s one thing interested buyers should know though. The homeowner is only throwing in the Ferrari F40 if the house is sold by June 30. Any date after that and buyers would probably have to settle for a nice little fruit basket.
Back in our time, we would have been happy with a pair of G.I. Joes, a coloring book, and a pack of Skittles. But that was then and today’s kids are far more complicated when you ask them what kind of treat they’d want for their birthday.
And just as kids’ tastes have evolved over the years, so have the toys. Take this piece of work for example. It’s a scaled-down version of a Ferrari F40 . And in case you’re wondering, it’s more than just a push cart; it actually has its own engine, albeit not the type that comes with the real deal F40.
This Prancing Pony was actually built in Germany by the same people responsible for Ferrari’s wind tunnel models so at the very least, you can take comfort knowing that this isn’t some cheap knock-off that you can find out on the streets.
And the price tag? Let’s just say it’s far from cheap.
For $25,000 – yeah, the same price for an entry level sedan – you can get this one-off, Honda-powered F40 for your kid who seems to think that bicycles aren’t ‘cool’ anymore.
The F40 is surely the favorite special edition Ferrari for any fan of forced induction. Celebrating the Italian super car maker’s 40th anniversary, the 288 GTO ’s twin turbocharged V8 was fitted in between the wheelbase of wedge shaped rocket ship made from kevlar and carbon fiber. Not only did the F40 pave the way for future greats like the F50 and Enzo both ten and twenty years later. Although the men from Maranello never intended to compete with the F40, the special edition super car made its race car debut in 1989 at Laguna Seca competing in the GTO category of IMSA competition with Jean Alesi behind the wheel.
Fast forward a couple of decades and the question then becomes, what do you do with a twenty year old super car? Sure you could restore it to what it was like when new, but even then modern super sports cars like the BMW M5 will leave you in their slipstream on the street. One particular Ferrari sta decided to take his aging F40 and give it a new lease on life as an LM racing recreation. The car was rebuilt from the ground up and has everything the old race car came with, except that it was built with the knowledge of how to make an F40 go. The LM spec race car has everything from a fully adjustable suspension and Motec gauges to the original LM computer and turbochargers, albeit being fed from a fresh set of pipes. The owner has yet to turn a wheel on the track with the car and he is staring the bidding war at $200,000. So far there haven’t been any bidders and we have a feeling that in this climate, two hundred grand is quite a lot to pay for a 20 year old car, even if it is a red Ferrari.
The 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was a high point in this automotive journalist’s career. Aside from the multitude of of high performance tuner cars and the chance to ride shotgun in a Corvette with a racing instructor, SEMA also offers visitors the opportunity to witness the unimaginable. Lucky for us, right as we stumbled across this pristine looking Ferrari F40 the guys in the booth were worried about the fitment of the classic super car’s engine cover. This gave us a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the twin turbocharged 2.9 Liter V8 that makes 471 HP, and because we happen to be the gear heads that we are no opportunity was wasted. Honestly, the only way that you would ever get to experience something like this is if you drove by an F40 stuck on the side of the road with an inquisitive owner or if that guy is your best friend.
Check out the gallery below to have a closer look.
It was shocking to say the least when we saw the video of the Ferrari F-40 super car getting bested by the new 599 GTB . So how did the Top Speed review board feel when we saw this video of our friend’s at Autocar putting the 20 year old twin turbocharged red rocket ship up against an F-430 Scuderia ? You will just have to find out like we did.
BAD - A man in Japan goes on a test drive with a Ferrari F40 and gets into a wreck. WORSE - The wreck is not covered by insurance, and he has to buy the car for $800,000. FIND THE RUM - He no has no money left to fix the car and is stuck with a very expensive lawn ornament.
The luxury model owned by Alain Prost, one of history’s greatest drivers of the Formula 1, will be auction later this month. Alain got the F40 in 1989 asa a present after the signed the for Ferrari’s F1 team. Alain Prost was a pilot for the Scuderia in 1990 and 1991.
If you are a Ferrari fan then you must see this video! A race between the Ferrari 599 Fiorano and the legendary Ferrari F40 that took place with the occasion of the 60th Ferrari celebration in Maranello.