Bonhams to Auction Off Impressive Ferarri F40 Berlinetta
When it comes to rare supercars that are both iconic and heroic, there’s one name that is bound to come to mind: The Ferrari F40, especially the 1989 F40 Berlinetta “Non-Cat, Non-Adjust” version. And if you’re on the hunt for one yourself, Bonhams has made it your lucky day.
As one might expect with a classic used car, there is some paperwork to the car’s name… then again, unlike with most used car titles, this one is still in the name of the first owner. When talking about a run of just 1,315 cars, it’s no wonder that this gem is capturing public attention.
Amenities on the ride include air conditioning and wind-up windows. Although that may sound funny to a nonchalant fan of vintage cars, experts know that racecars like this don’t typically come with such luxuries. In other words, these are absolute upgrades in an F1-inspired car.
People have called this model a lot of things, including hardcore, intense, and visceral. Because the ride hasn’t been driven much, magnify that excitement by 10 before getting behind the wheel for the first time. What’s the odometer on? It reads just 1,790 km. That’s impressive.
Rumor has it that the car hasn’t been out on the open road for nearly three decades, so the condition is like-new, bumper to bumper. The original tools and manual accompany the vehicle in the sale. Dry-stored since 1992, it is a time capsule and time machine all in one.
In 1988, it was said that the “take-up into the next gear is flawless,” and that “the blast of acceleration just goes on again and you seem to be in a blur of time conquering distance, gearshifts, and noise.”
Autocar Magazine was being quite poetic on the matter, but we’re assuming this hype would still ring true today.
Bonhams’ estimate for the sale price is somewhere in the ballpark of approximately $1.15 million to $1.77 million. Auction pros may note that because there isn’t a reserve, perhaps it could sell for less (or a lot more).
This car was first brought to the market in 1988 to commemorate Enzo Ferrari’s 40th year as a manufacturer. The emblematic F40 was dubbed the best in supercars, especially since it was the first passenger car to climb past 320 km/h.
It was also the last Ferrari approved before his death later that year. Gearheads don’t have to be told that this longitudinally-mounted power unit car is something special for historical and sentimental reasons.
This particular model was ordered straight from the factory in June 1989. It was part of a bigger collection that began a decade prior. The only Belgian-registered vehicle of its type, it still displays a service reminder for 1993!
And because we live in a day and age where everybody wants to know how authentic a story like this is, especially with a whopping price tag, there is some good news: the ride comes with the purchase contract and the original Certificate of Comforitby by the Ferrari Importer.
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