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One Legendary Ferrari Coming Up for Grabs, Will Fetch Millions of Dollars at Auction

Any true Ferrari fan will tell you that five particular models should be included in every collection. The list comprises the legendary 250 GTO, the F40 and F50, the Enzo, and the LaFerrari hybrid.
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Mind you, each one costs several million dollars, with the 250 GTO often exceeding the $50-million (!) mark. The rest tend to fetch less than five million dollars or sometimes a bit more, depending on the number of miles on their odometers and their overall conditions.

One of the Big Five will go under the hammer soon, and it is an F40 made in 1992. The auction house estimates it to be one of only 60 US-spec cars made that year and one of 213 in total destined for our market. It boasts matching numbers, comes with the original documentation and tool kit, and has 9,487 miles (15,267 km) under its belt.

The last Ferrari model approved by Enzo himself features a 2.9-liter V8 engine assisted by two turbochargers. Back in the day, it produced 471 horsepower (478 ps/352 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 426 pound-feet (577 Nm) of torque available at 4,000 rpm. That might not mean much by modern standards, but don't forget that the F40 was developed in the '80s, a few years before the legendary McLaren F1 came out.

1992 Ferrari F40
Photo: Mecum
A true racer for the road with looks to die for, the Ferrari F40 took 4.1 seconds to hit the sixty-two miles per hour (100 kph) mark with a perfect takeoff. Flat out, it could do 201 miles per hour (324 kph). And for what it's worth, the quarter-mile was dealt with in less than twelve seconds. This was considered peak performance at the time, and it still makes it fast in our days. Another highlight worth mentioning is the five-speed manual gearbox deploying everything to the rear axle.

Finished in red and fitted with a red and black interior, this particular F40 looks as good as it did over three decades ago when it first saw the light of day at the Maranello factory in Italy. Mecum is advertising the classic supercar for their Glendale 2024 auction in Arizona, which will be hosted between March 5 and 9. Therefore, you have some three months left to decide if you plan on buying it, yet if you can afford it, you should go for it in a heartbeat.

Speaking of which, if you had several million dollars lying around, would you choose the F40 or some other blue-blooded exotic? You should also know that a barely-driven Bugatti Chiron costs about as much, and so the Pagani Huayra, Koenigsegg Jesko, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, and McLaren P1 GTR, to name but some that deserve to sit in any supercar collection.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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