F40 było najlepszym supersamochodem swoich czasów. Model ma historyczne znaczenie jako pierwszy seryjny samochód osobowy, który osiągnął prędkość maksymalną ponad 200 mil na godzinę. Jest to również ostatnie Ferrari, które zostało osobiście zatwierdzone przez Enzo Ferrari. Dwumiejscowa berlinetta z centralnie umieszczonym silnikiem była rozwinięciem modelu 288 GTO, co umożliwiło Ferrari przeniesienie F40 z deski kreślarskiej do salonów w ciągu zaledwie 13 miesięcy. F40 zbudowane zostało jako jednoczęściowy kompozytowy korpus, połączony z rurową stalową ramą, aby stworzyć lekką konstrukcję o ogromnej sztywności. Wnętrze F40 z wyprofilowanymi fotelami, brakiem wykładziny i wykończenia oraz przesuwanymi szybami z pleksiglasu, miało wybitnie surowy charakter. Dzisiaj dużą część uroku F40 stanowi fakt, że jest to jeden z ostatnich „analogowych” supersamochodów. Bez ABS, kontroli trakcji, kontroli stabilności, bez wspomagania hamulców, klimatyzacji, klamek wewnętrznych i wspomagania kierownicy… ale to przecież kierowca musiał stanąć na wysokości zadania, aby ogarnąć tę bestię. F40 wystawione na aukcji zostało dostarczone jako nowe do Wielkiej Brytanii. Zakupił je jeden z najbardziej lubianych przez Ferrari klientów: dżentelmen, kierowca wyścigowy Sir Paul Vesteya, który kupił swoje pierwsze 250 GT SWB w wieku zaledwie 21 lat. W 1993 roku Ferreri trafiło w ręce Hrabiego Mexborough, który zatrzymał je do 2006 roku. Okaz o numerze 84104 jest jednym z zaledwie 78 Ferrari F40 zbudowanych na rynek brytyjski, z których tylko 20 było modelami bez katalizatora, takimi jak ten. Samochód w 2015 roku trafił do Stratstone, firmy która dorzuciła do pliku serwisów 250 roboczogodzin renowacji mechanicznej. Samochód dostarczany z kopiami wszystkich oryginalnych dokumentów fabrycznych i korespondencji związanej z jego zamówieniem i zakupem sprzedany został 9 lipca podczas aukcji na Festiwalu Szybkości w Goodwood, za 883 tysiące funtów szterlingów, czyli ponad 4,7 miliona złotych.
1990 FERRARI F40 BERLINETTA
Registration no. G313 XPK Chassis no. ZFFGJ34B000084104
£ 800,000 – 1,200,000
PLN 4,200,000 – 6,300,000
Sold for £ 883,000 (PLN 4,741,921) inc. premium
FIRST OWNED BY SIR PAUL VESTEY
1990 FERRARI F40 BERLINETTA
REGISTRATION NO. G313 XPK
CHASSIS NO. ZFFGJ34B000084104
• UK Supplied. One of only 78 built for the UK market
• Desirable non-catalyst non-adjust model
• Four owners from new having covered just 17,789 Kilometres
• Extensive service history, cambelts changed October 2020
• Present ownership since 2015
Introduced in 1988 to celebrate Enzo Ferrari’s 40 years as a motor manufacturer, the iconic F40 was the ultimate supercar and is historically significant as the first production passenger car to have a claimed top speed of over 200mph. It is also the last Ferrari to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari prior to his death in 1988. A mid-engined, two-seater berlinetta, the F40 was a development of the limited-production 288 GTO and like the latter – but unlike the preceding 308 series – mounted its power unit longitudinally rather than transversely. Much had been learned from the development of the Evoluzione version of the 288 GTO – intended for the soon-to-be-abandoned Group B competitions – which enabled Ferrari to take the F40 from drawing board to dealers’ showrooms in just 13 months. A 2,936cc quad-cam V8 with four valves per cylinder, the F40 engine employed twin IHI turbochargers to liberate 478bhp (approximately 352kW) at 7,000rpm. For the seriously speed-addicted, this could be boosted by 200bhp by means of a factory tuning kit.
Of equal, if not greater, technical interest was the method of body/chassis construction, the F40 drawing on Ferrari’s Formula 1 experience in its use of composite technology. A one-piece plastic moulding, the body was bonded to the tubular steel chassis to create a lightweight structure of immense rigidity. The doors, bonnet, boot lid and other removable panels were carbon fibre. Pugnaciously styled by Pininfarina, the F40 incorporated the latest aerodynamic aids in the form of a dam-shaped nose and high rear aerofoil. Despite the need to generate considerable downforce – and with a top speed of 201mph, higher than the take-off speed of many light aircraft, the F40 needed all the downforce it could get – the result was a commendably low drag coefficient of just 0.34. The F40’s interior reinforced its image as a thinly disguised race-car, with body-contoured seats, an absence of carpeting and trim, and sliding Plexiglas windows. When it came to actual competition, race-prepared F40s more than held their own and in the Global GT series proved quicker on many circuits than McLaren’s F1 GTR.
Autocar concluded its test thus: „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.” Even today the F40 has the power to impress.
Launched in the UK with an asking price of around £185,000, the F40 was changing hands at the height of the late ’80s supercar boom for up to half a million pounds. When production ceased in 1992 only 1,315 of these quite exceptional cars had been completed.
Today, much of the F40’s enduring appeal is the fact that it is one of the last great 'analogue’ supercars, designed and built at a time when the driver was expected to be in full control and before the introduction of electronic interventions in the form of anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and paddle-shift automatic gearboxes, which have since become the norm. It also lacked a brake servo, air conditioning, interior door handles, and power steering… As Ferrari marketing executive Giovanni Perfetti explained: „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.” Even so, the F40 could not remain unaffected by the march of technological progress, gaining refinements such as ABS, catalytic converters, and adjustable suspension as development progressed. As one would expect, it is the early F40 representing the model in its purest and most basic form that is of the greatest interest to collectors.
A desirable non-cat, non-adjust model, this particular F40 was delivered new in the UK to one of Ferrari’s most favoured customers: gentleman racing driver Sir Paul Vestey, who had bought his first Ferrari, a 250 GT SWB, at only 21 years of age. He would go onto own and race several other Ferraris as a privateer, including a 275 GTB Competizione and a 250 LM, crossing swords with the crème de la crème of the international sports car racing fraternity.
Sir Paul Vestey is well known to the Bonhams motoring team and we contacted him recently for his memories of '84104′. He recollects travelling to Italy to collect it: „We had a great time picking the two cars up at the factory – Willie Tuckett and Andrew Fletcher were in the other one. We then drove up to La Reserve in Beaulieu – we arrived about five hours before Willie as he got lost in Genoa! Then up to the Georges Blanc at Vonnas and finally on to the coast where there was a gale blowing and our ferry crashed into the dock. It was a brilliant trip! In 1993 I sold it to John Mexborough so it has a very titled history…”
The Earl of Mexborough kept the Ferrari until 2006 when ownership passed to Mr Iqbal Abdullah, who enjoyed the car for some nine years before it was sold to the current vendor in 2015.
Originally registered in the UK as 'PEV 1′, '84104′ is one of only 78 Ferrari F40s built for the UK market, only 20 of which were 'non-catalyst’ models like this one. Ferrari purists will tell you that a non-cat F40 is the more desirable.
Supplied with its original service book, this F40’s service history is exemplary. Commencing on 27th February 1990 with Maranello, Egham at 1,924 kilometres and progressing via 21 further services throughout its life to the most recent with Stratstone on 16th October 2020 at 17,763 kilometres (the current odometer reading is 17,789). During the current owner’s tenure Stratstone have serviced the car in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. The recent service included the all-important cambelt change.
In 2015, Stratstone carried out a 250 man-hours mechanical restoration and detailing. Since when the Ferrari has been driven only once: around the Isle of Man and maintained in secure storage. Photographs of the Stratstone rebuild are on file and the car also comes with copies of all the original factory paperwork and correspondence relating to its order and purchase. This wonderful, four owner, UK supplied F40 offers a ticket to enter a very exclusive owners club
Reacquainting himself with the F40, F50, and Enzo Ferraris for Octane magazine (July 2014 edition) racing driver Mark Hales declared: „The F40 is for me, the special one. Not just because I have spent so much time in them, but because it was such an explosive, other-worldly creation when it first appeared, and it still retains much of that character.” Enough said.