The want is seriously strong right now. What you’re looking at is a barely-used Ferrari F40, due to be auctioned on 2 September at Salon Privé with a hefty estimate of £875,000 - £975,000.
How barely used are we talking? Well, the full mileage isn’t listed, by Silverstone Auctions does state that the car covered “less than a verified 3000km before the restoration and just 592km since,” which means it can’t have covered much more than 2000 miles.
That restoration - by the way - was done by renowned, Maranello-based Ferrari restorers Carrozzeria Zanasi in 2016, and cost a cool €300,000. After the restoration, the car was granted a ‘Classiche’ certification by Ferrari itself.
As for the mileage, while it is attention grabbing, it’s - sadly - fairly common for an F40. RM Sotheby’s auctioned off a 3500 mile F40 last year for £924,000, and the same firm is offering a 1991 F40 with just 2800 miles on the clock, set to go under the hammer at Monterey in a few day’s time with an estimate of $1.3 - 1.5 million (£1 million - 1.15 million).
The Salon Privé car is arguably the purer of the two - as a pre-1990 F40 it doesn’t have a catalytic converter, and it’s also one of only 50 to have sliding plexiglass windows as opposed to conventional wind-up units (because weight reduction bro, etc). Finally, it doesn’t have the adjustable suspension option fitted to some F40s - this adds practicality, but also complexity that could lead be a problem further down the road.
It’s a fine example in other words, and one that deserves to have way more than 2000 miles on the clock. Let’s hope the next owner actually uses it…