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F40 is gone

In light of the tragic happenings in and around Japan I did not want to interupt the attention to much more important development elsewere but shortly wanted to tell that I have decided to sell the F40 last week to a very sympatic gentleman in Switzerland. I have driven and owned it about 7000 km's and for 9 month and the car has now well over 50'000km's on the clock. The new owner, a collector who did not mind the many km's, was met by accident and paid a price for a smile on both sides and a little profit on my side.

The F40 is THE best so called modern car I owned so far. As written before, the combination of a lightweight construction (as lightweight was understood 25 years ago) and a fantastic engine with so much classic like "mechnical feelings" in all driving situations is unbeatable by what I have owned so far as newer cars (550,456, Stradale, Scuderia). Add to this the fantastic look and the pure, epochal feelings by driving that beast is second to none (IMO only, of course).

Why then selling. 3 reasons.
One: I do not want to own more than 2 F's at the time. Space is one reason and owning 2 special F's cars at the time and using them (instead of 6 at the same price but hardly used) is personally prefered.

Two: The F50 Bug is still in my veines and I'm hopeful that at one time I will be lucky and able to own one to really "test it" on my personal "bench". As lately 2 Swiss F50 have been offered (one only for half a day, unfortunately so, and on the second, some questions need to be clarified first) my brain started to think about what to sell, the "D" or the F40. Even though F40's and F 50's are different cars, they tend to be nearer together than "D" to either of them. Also, my wife loves "D" for it looks and style (me as well of course). Additionally I seem to have that classic gene, a fact which brought me probably initially also to the F40 instead of another so called modern car (Scud, 458 etc.)

Three: With over 50'000km's the attractivity of a F40 may decline some from a collectors standpoint. I knew that when buying the car for a quite low price. My thesis was that if I owned it long, then over time I would overhowl the engine and the gearbox. These costs added would give me a "0" km car for an average price of the general offers for F40 in the market. If owning not to long but to gain experience of driving a F40 a lot and to learn what this fantastic car is all about I had a chance to resell it with more miles but with probably a little loss if at all. Therefore I believe I had 2 good options and therefore decision freedom. As F50's sometimes show up on the market I wanted to have that freedom and the decision has gone now to sell it. Should I be not successful in aquiring a (preferably) Swiss F50 (I have my own "hair-picking" history in this regard) I would expect to buy again a F40 but with less mileage.

Yes, the question is either F50 or again a F40 with lower miles. Something else ? NO !
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Sorry to hear your F40 is gone, but I can see the logic in your argument and I'm sure it was the right decision. Hopefully the right F50 will come along to take it's place and provide you with a whole new Ferrari experience.

Hope 'D' is getting some TLC at the moment. Any update on the repairs to the bodywork?

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It seems you are very happy with your ownership strategy. I hope you will get another intresting car to enjoy soon.

Meantime, you are very welcome to come over and go for a ride together with me in my cars. Very soon the snow forecast will be reduced to a minimum and that's when the Dino will come out to play!

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Please get the F50. It is simply the right Ferrari for you.




(and I will kick your tushy if you don't)
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Sorry to hear your F40 is gone, but I can see the logic in your argument and I'm sure it was the right decision. Hopefully the right F50 will come along to take it's place and provide you with a whole new Ferrari experience.

Hope 'D' is getting some TLC at the moment. Any update on the repairs to the bodywork?

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Yes, Barry, "D" is in repair, the hood an lamps and the all the depleatable parts in front are taken away. Every screw is separated in different little packages to be surely taken care for. Coachbuilding is taken place atm with a extremely high exactness by a very good specialist. After that (will take 1 more week, the car goes to the painter which will put many sessions of paint (with enough time inbetween to dry and settle down). The hit is small but it will take up to 5 weeks in total to perfectly repair hood and front bottom. Not nice for the insurance.
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It seems you are very happy with your ownership strategy. I hope you will get another intresting car to enjoy soon.

Meantime, you are very welcome to come over and go for a ride together with me in my cars. Very soon the snow forecast will be reduced to a minimum and that's when the Dino will come out to play!
Wonderful. Thanks for the offer Capo !
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I was expecting no different comment from you, my friend
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Honestly, comparing to the F50, I was not expecting the F40 to have such a lasting and wonderful impression on me. Remembering that the F40 buy was partially a option to replace a missed (or 2) F50 buying opportunity...in all honesty the F40 to me was a great eye opener...especially in respect to be also a very useable Grand Tourer (even with some very useful luggage room).
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Honestly, comparing to the F50, I was not expecting the F40 to have such a lasting and wonderful impression on me. Remembering that the F40 buy was partially a option to replace a missed (or 2) F50 buying opportunity...in all honesty the F40 to me was a great eye opener...especially in respect to be also a very useable Grand Tourer (even with some very useful luggage room).
+1, the F40 really is a hugely accomplished supercar that never fails to impress on the road.
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Sounds like the F50's calling to you! Diversity is the spice of life, after all
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There's an F50 out there somewhere with your name on it 212! I think we all know that. Now where to find it...

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Thank you all for the replies. There is no pressure from my side. Honestly more important things are working on my brain atm like that situation and possible outcomes in Japan. Just hope Jimmy is still o.k.
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Thank you all for the replies. There is no pressure from my side. Honestly more important things are working on my brain atm like that situation and possible outcomes in Japan. Just hope Jimmy is still o.k.
Hope you'll meet your true love, 212. If I were living in Europe, most likely I would consider F50 if I can afford one. Situated in where I am now, it is not practical at all. I have seen F50 few times before in the streets of Tokyo. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Hope you'll meet your true love, 212. If I were living in Europe, most likely I would consider F50 if I can afford one. Situated in where I am now, it is not practical at all. I have seen F50 few times before in the streets of Tokyo. w/ smiles Jimmy
I better not start to think about "practicability " when talking about any of these cars even in Europe, as "f" stays just for "Fun".
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