Monterey

18-19 August 2017

Offered from the Ferrari Performance Collection

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Lot 222

1991 Ferrari F40

  • Chassis no. ZFFMN34A9M0087895

Sold for $1,540,000


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  • Two owners and only 2,802 original miles
  • One of 213 examples specified for the United States
  • Beautifully maintained, highly original condition
  • Accompanied by original Schedoni fitted luggage, manuals, and tools
  • Documented with original window sticker and service invoices dating to May 1991
  • Immaculate example of the legendary 40th anniversary supercar


This sensational example of Ferrari’s revered 40th anniversary supercar claims very low mileage and fastidious upkeep, resulting in a near time-capsule F40. Chassis number 87895 is one of approximately 213 examples specified for the United States out of a total of 1,311 cars built worldwide. This F40 was completed by the factory in January 1991, finished in rosso and upholstered with a matching cloth interior.

As confirmed by original documentation, including a window sticker and a dealer inspection check-in sheet, the F40 was delivered for retail on 13 May 1991 to the well-known Ferrari dealer Lake Forest Sports Cars, in Lake Forest, Illinois. In addition to the standard F40 equipment, such as twin IHI turbochargers, a limited-slip differential, and the unique Speedline wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, this car was fitted with air conditioning and an electrically heated front windshield.

On 20 May 1991, the F40 was delivered to its first owner Dennis Ahrens, an enthusiast residing in nearby Barrington. He ordered the customized Schedoni fitted luggage option, as a pristine leather set with his name embroidered on it still accompanies the car today. A telling file of service invoices from Lake Forest Sports Cars clarifies that Mr. Ahrens considered his F40 to be a collectible, as very little mileage accrued from service to service over the next 14 years. Work during this period included a replacement of the ECU and injectors six months after the car’s delivery (under warranty), a major cam belt service in 2004, and a factory-recall repair to the lower suspension forks in 2005 (a well-known and welcome measure on any F40), as well as intermittent fluid services.

Around late-2005 the F40 was stored, and in April 2014 it returned to Lake Forest Sports Cars for sale. The car was purchased by the consignor, only the second owner, later that year, and he immediately submitted it to the dealership for evaluation and sympathetic freshening as needed. In December 2014, while noting that the F40 had not run in about 10 years, the technicians at Lake Forest performed a cam belt service (including new timing and drive belts), replaced the plugs, flushed the brakes, gearbox, and cooling systems, and mounted proper new Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. The original factory Pirelli tires showed so little use that they were retained with the car for possible exhibition purposes. In July 2016 an annual service was performed and a new battery was installed, and the Ferrari has recently been serviced again for its current offering to ensure smooth operation for the next caretaker.

Currently displaying just 2,802 actual miles, this incredibly original F40 has been remarkably preserved. It is accompanied by the original Schedoni fitted luggage, manuals in the proper leather pouch, and a complete tool kit, and is documented with the original window sticker, offering a fantastic exhibition piece for FCA events, preservation-class competition, and important Ferrari gatherings.

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