Apparently, a big player at Mercedes has a soft spot for the Prancing Horse.
Toto Wolff, CEO of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team, has decided to part ways with its own Ferrari F40. the pristine red ridewhich rolled off the assembly line in 1990 was offered for sale by British dealer Tom Hartley JNR.
The F40 is considered by many to be the ultimate road car Ferrari. Developed in 1987 as the successor to the 288 GTO, the sleek mid-engined Berlinetta was built to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary. Powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8, the F40 could produce 471 hp and 426 ft-lbs of torsion. The car also offered an impressive zero to 60mph time of 4.2 seconds. As a result, it was the strongest (and most expensive) Prancing Horse of the era.
Only 400 F40s were originally supposed to be built, but demand saw a total of 1,315 on the roads. This particular example (VIN 087007) is one of just 27 examples originally delivered to Spain, according to Tom Hartley JNR.
Provenance and pedigree aside, chassis no. 087007 appears to be in mint condition. In fact, the coupe has only driven 3,440 miles from new. “This car was used sparingly during Toto’s ownership, perhaps because he did not want to be seen driving a Ferrari in his spare time when making sure he beats them on the track is his daily task,” said the dealer in a expression.
To top it off, the four-wheeler recently underwent a “complete overhaul” by the restoration experts at Italy’s Autofficina Bonini Carlo Srl. As you would expect, it has also received its Ferrari “Red Book” Classiche certification, which confirms its original chassis, body panels, engine and gearbox.
The dealership didn’t list an asking price, but it’s likely to be in the seven figures. F40s typically fetch between $1.4 million and $1.7 million per auction per sale. This Prancing Horse will likely be on the higher end of that scale given its condition and connection to Wolff.
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