Rare U.S. Spec 1992 Ferrari F40 To Command Attention at Mecum Glendale 2024 Auction

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In the pantheon of automotive legends, few cars stir the soul like the 1992 Ferrari F40, a masterpiece of engineering and design that stands as a testament to the genius of Enzo Ferrari. Chassis No. 91097, a breathtaking example of this iconic model, is set to captivate enthusiasts at the Mecum Glendale 2024 auction.

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With just 9,487 miles on the odometer, this particular F40 is not only a pristine specimen but also a rare treasure, being one of only 60 U.S. spec cars produced in 1992, and one of a total of 213 U.S. spec F40s ever made. Its VIN, ZFFMN34AXN0091097, is more than just a serial number; it’s a passport to automotive exclusivity.

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Under the sculpted hood lies a 2936cc DOHC V-8 engine, capable of delivering a staggering 478 HP at 7,000 RPM. Enhanced by twin IHI turbochargers and Behr intercoolers, along with Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection, the engine’s performance is as thrilling today as it was at its debut. The car’s heart pairs perfectly with its 5-speed manual gearbox, a combination that provides an unparalleled driving experience.

The F40’s exterior, in the signature Rosso Corsa, is a visual symphony of speed and elegance. Its bodywork, crafted by the renowned coachbuilders at Scaglietti, is a blend of carbon fiber and Kevlar-reinforced steel spaceframe chassis, making the F40 both lightweight and robust. The interior, adorned in Stoffa Vigogno cloth, offers a racing-inspired ambiance that is both luxurious and functional.

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This Ferrari’s performance is as impressive as its aesthetics. Weighing in at just 1,100 kilograms, it boasts acceleration times that were groundbreaking at its inception and remain competitive today: zero to 60 MPH in 3.9 seconds, zero to 100 MPH in 7.8 seconds, and zero to 140 MPH in 14 seconds. These figures solidify the F40 as one of the quickest and fastest road cars of its era.

The F40’s legacy is further enhanced by its ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes and 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension with coilovers, providing an unmatched driving experience. The Pirelli P Zero tires ensure that this speed demon stays glued to the road.

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As part of its illustrious history, this F40 was originally shipped for import to Newark, New Jersey, and distributed for retail to Monterey Ferrari in Seaside, California. It comes with Ferrari Classiche certification, including the Red Book and Libretto Manutenzione (maintenance book), ensuring its authenticity and pedigree. Additionally, the car includes the original tool kit, owner’s manuals in a leather pouch, a copy of the window sticker, and even a can of factory-branded fix-a-flat, adding to its collectibility.

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This 1992 Ferrari F40, Chassis No. 91097, is not just a car; it’s a piece of automotive history, a symbol of Ferrari’s racing heritage, and a pinnacle of 20th-century supercar design. Its appearance at the Mecum Glendale 2024 auction represents a unique opportunity for collectors to own a piece of this storied legacy, a car that encapsulates the passion and innovation of Ferrari under the guidance of its legendary founder, Enzo Ferrari.

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This vehicle and 2000 more are available for sale at Mecum’s Glendale Auction taking place March 5-9.

Shawn Henry

Shawn Henry is an accomplished automotive journalist with a genuine passion for cars and a talent for storytelling. His expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of the automotive world, including classic cars, cutting-edge technology, and industry trends. Shawn's writing is characterized by a deep understanding of automotive engineering and design.

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