Often, the most powerful impetus for innovation is competition, and the Ferrari F40 is a testament to that fact.
The F40’s legacy comes from many factors, any of which on its own would be enough to designate a car as monumental. It was the last road car to come from the Enzo Ferrari era, as well as an improved version of the 288 meant to take on Porsche’s 956 during FIA Group B rally competitions. Its name received the “40” designation as a way to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, and it was a hyper-performance car capable of hitting 200 mph – an unheard of speed for 1987.
Now, one of these rare cars is set to cross the block at Gooding & Co.’s Amelia Island auction March 13, with a viewing scheduled for 9 am to 6 pm March 12. Though it was originally slated for only 400 examples being created at a price of $400,000 a piece, demand was so exorbitantly high that a total of 1,315 entered the world. Sadly, only 213 were produced for the U.S. market, and this is one of those 213.
Only 2,500 miles have been traveled in this car since its 1991 delivery by Lake Forest Sports Cars in Chicago, and its interior is close to brand new as possible. Full documentation of service history is included along with the sale, as is an unused set of original fitted luggage, the owner’s booklet folder, and a car cover. The auction house estimates this car’s winning bid to be $1.6-1.8 million.
Be sure to visit Gooding & Co.’s website for more information about this lot and the auction, and stay with us for auction results as they are announced.
(Source: Gooding & Co.)