A GLAMOUROUS Ferrari F40 is expected to go under the hammer for nearly £1million at a special auction at Blenheim Palace next month.
Offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions, it heads a 70-strong line-up of luxury motors up for grabs at the exclusive Salon Privé Sale on September 2.
The supercar is expected to fetch between £875,000 to £975,000 at the auction celebrating the 30th anniversary of the F40 and 70 years of Ferrari.
The gleaming red Ferrari is described as a ‘remarkable car’ by Silverstone Auctions operations manager Harry Whale.
He said: “All F40s are desirable and normally well presented, but very rarely a car such as this comes to market with the kind of fastidious attention to detail that will impress the most hardened enthusiast – it’s certain to turn heads.”
The F40 was the first supercar to break the 200mph barrier as Ferrari fought for dominance in the performance car market in the 1980s.
The most authentic, pure race bred versions, with none of the ‘extras’ of catalytic converters, adjustable suspension or winding windows, are the most desirable among enthusiasts.
The F40 to go under the hammer next month underwent a €300,000 restoration by Ferrari repair specialist Carrozzeria Zanasi last year, after which Classiche certification was granted by the Ferrari factory.
The car is equipped with a DOHC V8 engine with twin turbo chargers and is capable of a 0-60 time of just 3.8 seconds.
It has been lightly used, covering less than 3,000 km before the restoration and just 592 km since.
It will pose alongside other special retro cars, including Bentley, Jaguar, and Aston Martins.
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