Join Date: Oct 2007
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,996
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 !