F40 was built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary. A very fast
berlinetta designed by Pininfarina, it was built mainly from composites.
Its sophisticated high-performance, turbo-charged running gear combined
with a first class chassis gave it the kind of great dynamic prowess
that was close to that of a racing car.
A finely detailed model at 1:18 scale.
The F40 continued the extreme machine philosophy cultivated by its
predecessor the GTO, but took it to new levels. It was greeted with
great enthusiasm by enthusiasts and the number of examples eventually
built exceeded the company’s wildest dreams. During the mid eighties
there were various spy pictures in motoring magazines of a radical
prototype(s) around the streets of Maranello, with all sorts of
hypothesis as to its raison d’etre. It subsequently transpired that the
car was what became known as the “Evoluzione”, a test bed for the
A total of five “Evoluzione” models were built for evaluation
purposes, four of which were eventually sold to private clients, and the
fifth retained by the factory. When the F40 was eventually announced in
the middle of 1987 its Pininfarina designed body took everybody’s
breath away, it was raw and mean, a car that looked like a racing model,
but that was totally road legal and could be driven to the shops if
desired. The F40 model title was derived from “F” for Ferrari and 40
represented the fortieth anniversary of Ferrari car production. It was
also the last new car presentation attended by Enzo Ferrari before his
death in August 1988.
The only trace elements of the 308 ancestry remained around the cabin
profile and satin black painted side indent line, otherwise the radical
body styling was all new, as were its construction materials. The low
mean and wide front end flowed via an eclectic array of cooling slots
and intake ducts through to the tail, with its panoramic rear screen
under which lay the engine, and behind which projected the high mounted
integral full width wing, that presented the ultimate eighties power
statement. The public loved it, and queues of clients formed cheque book
in hand, to join the waiting list, despite Ferrari refusing to say
exactly how many would be built and over what period. This was to try
and negate a repeat of the extraordinary clamour for the GTO, and thus
left production open ended, but it did nothing to calm the storm. It was
just so radical, so fast and so covetable, that people wanted it, and
they wanted it now!
At the height of the supercar boom in 1989 they were changing hands
at around a million pounds! Production continued through to 1992, during
which time 1311 examples were produced in the chassis number range
76624 to 95317, nearly five times as many as the GTO. Racing versions
with the suffixes LM and GT-E were developed by Michelotto of Padova,
and enjoyed success over a number of years during the nineties in
European GT racing with various private entrants.
Polyurethane prototyping resin
Original manufacturer’s specified paints
Ferrrai Rosso Corsa with Red Interior
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