1 of 8 prototypes made
Gifted by Enzo Ferrari to Marco Piccinini
The Ferrari F40 (Type F120) is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car built from 1987 to 1992, with the LM and GTE race car versions continuing production until 1994 and 1996 respectively. As the successor to the 288 GTO, it was designed to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary and was the last Ferrari automobile personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. At the time it was Ferrari's fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car for sale.
The car debuted with a planned production total of 400 units and a factory suggested retail price of approximately US$400,000. Talacrest famously sold the example that belonged to the Formula One driver Nigel Mansell for the then record of £1 million in 1990, a record that stood until recently. Due to customer demand a total of 1,311 cars were manufactured in total.
Chassis no.75052 is 1 of only 8 F40 prototypes ever produced, of which few survive today.
Recording only 7,950km from new, this F40 was personally gifted to Mr Marco Piccinini by Enzo Ferrari as a bonus for Marco's performance in the 1987 and 1988 F1 season as Team principal of the Ferrari F1 team.
This rare prototype differs from production examples with the following distinctions - different wing mirrors, 5 rear side vents as opposed to 4, different Kevlar weave to the tub in addition to quilted headlining and some other changes.
Recently mechanically re-commissioned at Maranello and awarded its Red Book Classiche certification which confirms within its status as a Ferrari Prototype, together with its ownership by Mr Marco Piccinini and confirmation that it was gifted by the Commendatore himself.
Perhaps one of the last true analogue Ferrari driving experiences available, with no driver aids, the F40 still has the capacity to thrill today and the experience of the car coming on boost once sampled is hard to forget…