Iconic 1991 Ferrari F40 first owned by the world famous Formula 1 driver and 24h LeMans winner Pierluigi Martini
Delivered new on 3 July 1991 in Monaco, to the Formula 1 driver Pierluigi Martini the car was presented in classic F40 livery, Rosso Fer 300/9 with Stoffa Vigogna interior, which has not been changed to this day. The car has had just two other owners : Emmanuel Doux (from the eponymous food business) and a Boeing 747 captain, a lifelong automobile enthusiast and the current owner. The active suspension was removed by Ferrari on the request of the previous owner, but everything required to reinstate it will be delivered with the car. With a recorded mileage of 29,900 km from new, the car has recently had a major service carried out by the Pozzi workshop in Levallois, which included replacing the belts and tanks in 2015. The car will have another service by HR Owen Ferrari, London prior to delivery to its new owner. As expected this car comes with stamped service book, a file of invoices and a Ferrari Classiche classification. With prestigious provenance, low mileage, small number of owners and impeccable maintenance, this Ferrari F40, in superb condition, is undoubtedly one of the best examples available. The last Enzo Ferrari masterpiece, it will remain forever as one of the most important and influential models in Maranello history.
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In 1987, not only was Ferrari approaching its 40th anniversary, but it was also engaged in a supercar war with rivals Lamborghini and Porsche. Lamborghini’s Countach took the world by storm with its radical styling and incredible performance, making it the poster child of a generation. Adding fuel to the fire, Porsche introduced the 959 in 1986. The car was laden with many technological firsts for the automotive industry, and it was also capable of a blistering 197 mph, making it the world’s fastest road car. Of course, Ferrari would not let this stand; it needed something to silence the naysayers and put itself back atop of the record books.
Ferrari’s F40, developed from the 288 GTO Evoluzione, punched through an automotive barrier that had remained untouched, as it not only bested the 959’s top speed, but it also broke 200 mph in the process, achieving a top speed of 201.4 mph.
Unlike the 959, the F40 went about achieving 200 mph in a completely different fashion. Instead of using cutting-edge technology and loading the car with modern-day conveniences, Ferrari, as per usual, turned to its Formula 1 team for inspiration and stuck with the tried-and-true formula of “less is more” in order to make the F40 as lightweight as possible. In terms of the chassis, the track dimension of the 288 GTO’s frame was widened, and a fresh steel-tube frame was reinforced with an extensive use of carbon fiber, making the platform significantly lighter than its predecessor. When stripped out for racing, Ferrari was able to save a few further precious grams. The F40 had no carpet, featured door pulls instead of traditional handles, and could be ordered with roll-up or fixed windows (installing power-operated windows was simply out of the question). As a result of these fanatical weight-saving measures, the F40 tipped the scales at a feather-weight 2,400 lbs., paving the way for a powerful engine to rocket it into the annals of automotive history.
The engine was based on the 288 GTO’s twin-turbocharged V-8, but it was bored to displace nearly three liters. Following some additional tuning, the engine could produce 478 bhp, making it the most powerful road-going Ferrari to date. Combined with its lightweight nature, this made the F40’s performance figures just as incredible as its top speed. A sprint from 0–60 could take just 3.8 seconds, and the car could be powered onwards to a quarter-mile time in 11.8 seconds. Braking was equally impressive, and the F40 could bring itself to a stop from 60 mph in just 119 feet.
Production of the F40 was originally planned for just 400 units, and even with a list price of roughly $400,000, which was an astronomical price for a car at that time, many traded hands for much more than that when new. As a result of the car’s desirability, massive demand pushed total production numbers to 1,311, all of which would be in left-hand drive and liveried in classic Rossa Corsa paint. Of those examples, only 213 were delivered new to the U.S., making Ferrari’s ultimate road-going machine even rarer in its largest market.
Adding to its overall historical importance, the F40 was the last car to receive the blessing of Enzo “Il Commendatore” Ferrari before his passing. Enzo had envisioned the car as an ideal way for the company to celebrate its 40th anniversary, as it would both promote all it had accomplished in its short history as well as highlight its plans for making the next 40 years just as exciting as its last. As such, the F40 signaled the end of an era for one of the most iconic marques in automotive history.