When you think of supercars the Ferrari F40 almost always comes to mind. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest supercars of all-time. When new in 1987 it cost the small sum of $400,000. Today that is the equivalent of $810,000. Now though the entry cost for one is about $1.5 million.
Why has it’s value more than doubled? First and foremost it is a special edition Ferrari. Ferrari built the car to celebrate their 40th anniversary. They wanted to build the ultimate car for the road. And they did! Power came from a small 2.9 liter twin turbocharged V8 which produced 478 hp. For 1987 that is quite a handful! For example, the 1987 Chevy Corvette produced only 250hp. The F40 was a monster! It was the first production car to pass the magical 200 mph gate with a top speed of 201 mph. 0-60 mph times took as little as 3.8 seconds. Both are numbers that are still fast by today’s standards. These numbers were also all done in the age of no traction control, stability management, anti-lock brakes, launch control or trick diffs seen in most of today’s supercars.
Even the materials used to build the F40 were ahead of its time using things like Kevlar, carbon fiber, and aluminum. Light weight was its goal. Radio? Not needed. Air conditioning? Nope, better roll down the windows. Windows? Yep, crank ‘em down yourself! Whatever wasn’t needed wasn’t added which helped the car tip the scales at just 2400lbs.
In 1987 your supercar options were the F40, Porsche 959, and the Lamborghini Countach. All of which were fast for their time, but all of them had wildly different ways of approaching it. The Countach was anything but subtle. But by 1987 the car was 13 years old. The 959 was a technological wonder using all sorts of computer aided wizardry to keep it on the road. If I had the choice between the three, at the end of the day the F40 would be in my garage!
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