Ferrari’s F40 supercar took the world by storm when it was introduced to the public in 1987. More than any other car that preceded it,
looked the part of a race car, and seemed wholly out of place on the street. It’s 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine, good for 471 horsepower, defined “overkill” in a car that could wear license plates.
Production was limited to just 1,315 units, and each commanded the then-astronomical starting price of $400,000. While F40s of any history are rare, those built as prototypes are rarer still. Prototypes converted for racing, with a documented competition history, are the most desirable cars of all.
One such example hits the block at RM Auction’s Monaco event. Chassis number 74047 was number six of eight prototypes built by the factory for testing, before being displayed to the public at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show. Later converted to F40 LM specifications, the car was owned by Ferrari until 1991, when it was sold to a privateer racer.
Converted to GT specifications, chassis 74047 got suspension upgrades, engine tuning to increase output to 590 horsepower, larger Brembo brakes, a quick-fill fueling system, a fire suppression system and wider Speedline wheels. The car was campaigned in the Gran Criterium Supercar GT series, where it routinely achieved podium finishes.
What makes this car so desirable is its lengthy, diverse and documented history, which explains its pre-auction estimate of 700,000-900,000 euros ($919,800 - $1,182,600). It’s being offered for sale as part of an extensive Ferrari collection
that RM Auctions will sell at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on May 11 and 12.
If you’re in the market for a classic Ferrari and need an excuse to visit Monaco, you’ll find a complete listing of cars to be sold on the RM Auctions website