In 2023, more than a dozen F40s changed hands at high-profile public auctions, and only one sold for less than $2 million. Four examples changed hands for more than $3 million, and it seems it won't be long until this "prancing horse" goes into $4 million territory.
And it's not just the all-original, low-mileage examples that fetch the big bucks. Modified F40s are also going for six-figure sums. In early 2023, a one-off model finished in Nardo Gray and sporting a beefed-up engine good for over 700 horsepower sold for $2.75 million. This brings me to my affinity for F40s finished in colors that aren't Rosso Corsa.
I know it's a strange fetish to have when it comes to Ferraris, but red is not among my favorite colors. I don't like it on muscle cars, either. I have a soft spot for yellow and green Ferraris, and I go a little nuts whenever I see a purple one.
But it doesn't happen very often because most Ferrari enthusiasts like their supercars red. And unlike most modern vehicles from the Maranello-based company, the F40 was an exclusive Rosso Corsa affair.
Ferrari is known to have very strict rules when it comes to its range-topping supercars. Having an entire batch of more than 1,000 painted red with no other option whatsoever is not the most ridiculous thing the Italian brand did. However, it must have been a bit unpleasant for some customers to pay over $400,000 for a car in the late 1980s and be unable to pick a different hue. Fortunately, at least for weird folks like me, some owners took matters into their own hands and repainted their F40s over the years.
I don't have a complete statistic to run by, but more than a couple dozen have been refinished in colors like yellow, black, white, silver, grey, and green. And you'd better sit down because at least one is now sporting a very delicious shade of pink.
But as much as I like pink cars, I'm not here to talk about the F40 that crashed in Seattle in August 2023. I want to show you a one-off example wearing a light shade of metallic blue called Azzurro Hyperion. It was recently spotted in London, and it looks downright fantastic.
And here's the cool thing: this hue is a historic Ferrari color. Not only does it grace modern models like the California, 812, or the 360, but it harkens back to the 1960s when it was offered on the 365 grand tourer and the entry-level Dino. And it suits the wedge-shaped design of the F40 rather well. Check it out in the video below.