Life With a Ferrari F40? Is it Possible?

Life With a Ferrari F40?

You want one. She wants one. We all want one.

So, assuming that you have a spare million dollars, what’s the reality of living with Ferrari’s iconic supercar? We find out in the November issue of Classic Motorsports. We drive it and chat with an expert. 

Any guesses now what we find? Expensive and complicated? Surprisingly benign? 

Even if it’s out of reach, we can all dream, right?

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irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
7/23/19 4:36 p.m.

Alternately, you can read the GRM version of the article: "Life With a Fiero F40"

Image result for f40 fiero

NorseDave
NorseDave Reader
7/23/19 8:56 p.m.

 It may be an iconic Ferrari, but it's a mid-80s one, so its still pretty analog.  My guess is this is one of those cars that works better when driven as intended.  Driven hard, but maintained.  So, other than the one Chris Harris got to flog with the F50, and the one on the TaxTheRich100 YouTube channel, that leaves basically none of them.  

Raze
Raze UltraDork
7/23/19 9:38 p.m.

In reply to irish44j :

Literally thought that's what this was about

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
7/23/19 9:48 p.m.
irish44j said:

Alternately, you can read the GRM version of the article: "Life With a Fiero F40"

I wonder which one is more difficult to live with?

P3PPY
P3PPY Reader
7/23/19 10:02 p.m.
irish44j said:

Alternately, you can read the GRM version of the article: "Life With a Fiero F40"

Image result for f40 fiero

I'd drive that. All day every day.

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
7/23/19 10:17 p.m.
P3PPY said:
irish44j said:

Alternately, you can read the GRM version of the article: "Life With a Fiero F40"

 

I'd drive that. All day every day.

matching it up with the pic of the real one, really all that needs to be done is some lower springs and wheels with the correct offset and a lot of normal people would be fooled. 

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
7/23/19 10:45 p.m.

No air conditioning... Florida... 

cdeforrest
cdeforrest Reader
7/23/19 11:55 p.m.

Line it up with a C8. One for the bank and one to spank. 

Olemiss540
Olemiss540 New Reader
7/24/19 1:35 p.m.
cdeforrest said:

Line it up with a C8. One for the bank and one to spank. 

One for the spank bank and one to bank spank.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/24/19 1:54 p.m.

Coming from the other side of the pages, this one was fun to put together. Sure, I have personally wanted an F40 since its debut. Doesn't matter that it's out of my grasp. It's always been the one. Whenever I see one at an event, I'll linger. 

But what's the reality of ownership? Is it a complicated mess? Surprisingly easy to live with? So we put together this piece for the upcoming issue of Classic Motorsports. Hope that a few of you check it out. 

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
7/24/19 2:03 p.m.

Look forward to reading the story!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/24/19 2:10 p.m.
poopshovel again said:

Look forward to reading the story!

And there are photos, too. :)

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
7/24/19 5:34 p.m.

how about an article on some of the more attainable Ferraris? I would love to know what it is to live with a 308 or any of it's slightly larger engined siblings

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/24/19 7:45 p.m.
mad_machine said:

how about an article on some of the more attainable Ferraris? I would love to know what it is to live with a 308 or any of it's slightly larger engined siblings

This article is from a while ago, but it should still answer some questions.

Happy shopping. 

Rodan
Rodan Dork
7/24/19 7:46 p.m.
mad_machine said:

how about an article on some of the more attainable Ferraris? I would love to know what it is to live with a 308 or any of it's slightly larger engined siblings

Try this:

308GTS experience thread on Miata.net

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/24/19 8:09 p.m.
kman91
kman91 New Reader
7/25/19 8:22 a.m.

Ah, the F40.  About the most beautiful car ever penned (and it probably was "penned" instead of "moused" in those years).  It's one of the few supercars light enough to really be fun, or at least one of the most beautiful IMHO. 

I saw one of these once at the local furniture mart (?!).  We have a crazy furniture entrepreneur (Mattress Mac in Houston) who loved racing cars and had one in his showroom, and was crazy enough not to rope it off, and let mere mortals touch, and even sit inside!  I can only imagine how cool it is to hear the Ferrari wail, and to feel how nimble that thing is.  I guess in terms of supercars it no longer has much of a performance edge, but it's always been one of my very top favorites.  My neighbor did have a Lola T70 he restored, which was also VERY cool, and I also love the Ford GT40s, but the F40 is pure magic.  If only I had the money to buy one when it was "only" $220K (ha!).

A 401 CJ
A 401 CJ Dork
7/25/19 12:15 p.m.

Don’t they make an LS swap for a fiero?  That could make the performance convincing too.  At least in a straight line.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/25/19 4:37 p.m.

In reply to kman91 :

I'm with you on the F40 being one of the most beautiful cars ever made. 

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
7/25/19 4:45 p.m.

I'll just leave this here. Needs sound, lots of sound

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYYA2jE3Ze0

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
7/25/19 5:21 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to kman91 :

I'm with you on the F40 being one of the most beautiful cars ever made. 

That would be a more defensible position if the F40 hadn't come right after the 288 GTO. The F40 is dramatic and purposeful and built like a big kit car, but beautiful is a stretch.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
7/25/19 5:36 p.m.

I mean...

Cotton
Cotton PowerDork
7/25/19 10:56 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:
mad_machine said:

how about an article on some of the more attainable Ferraris? I would love to know what it is to live with a 308 or any of it's slightly larger engined siblings

This article is from a while ago, but it should still answer some questions.

Happy shopping. 

I enjoyed that article.  I wish you could still get a driver Testarossa for 45k.  I almost bought one for 40k a few years ago and it had high miles,  a blown diff,  and other TLC.  I saw it on the internet before leaving work,  decided to think on it on the way home,  enabled myself like a champ on the commute and decided to pull the trigger.  By the time I got home someone had hit buy it now.  I still regret that one to an extent,  but the car definitely would have been a money pit.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/26/19 11:06 a.m.

You need to log in to see the high bid, but this one went up to $750,000 at Mecum's Kissimmee sale earlier this year. Yes, I spent a few minutes in front of it. (Personally, yeah, I'd hold out for a stock one.)

A 401 CJ
A 401 CJ Dork
7/26/19 11:41 a.m.

I’m surprised that Harry’s Garage hasn’t documented driving one across Mongolia.

 

incredible stuff that man does.

 

Not quite an F40 but you get the idea:

https://youtu.be/ZRjGN--R4pE

ZOO
ZOO UltraDork
7/26/19 12:25 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to kman91 :

I'm with you on the F40 being one of the most beautiful cars ever made. 

That would be a more defensible position if the F40 hadn't come right after the 288 GTO. The F40 is dramatic and purposeful and built like a big kit car, but beautiful is a stretch.

Indeed!  But it may be that I am slightly older than David, too, and the F40 hit him at a more formative age than it did for me.

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