1990 Ferrari F40 Coupe
Celebrating 40 years
Ferrari built this car to celebrate its 40th anniversary and it was the last car to be signed off by the company founder, Enzo Ferrari, before his death on August 14, 1988. And at the time of its launch the F40 was Maranello’s fastest, most powerful and expensive car offered for sale.
To achieve its low weight and high performance targets the F40 shredded kilos through the extensive (and innovative for that time) use of Kevlar, carbon fibre and aluminium for its body and suspension. And the 2.9-litre V8 engine featured large, high boost twin turbochargers to produce 352 kW of power at 7,000 rpm and 577 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Genuine game changer
The F40 was a genuine game changer. The extensive use of mixed lightweight materials made it truly exotic, the relative lack of creature comforts brutish, and F1-inspired aerodynamics with partial flat undertray and rear diffuser downright sexy. With only 1,235 kg to propel, the F40 was wicked, wild, insanely fast and quick to bite if not tempered correctly. Feared and adored in equal measure is what makes the F40 the most revered Ferrari of the last five decades.
A multitude of F40s have since found their way into Australia – but this is one of less than a handful delivered brand new into the country. It has had a full mechanical restoration and has obtained its Ferrari Classiche for authenticity and certification. When you step into this car, you well and truly step back into time. And when you press the starter button and the engine barks into life, you feel every hair on your body stand on end.