Rod Stewart's pristine red Ferrari F40 supercar is set to go under the hammer on August 2 in California. This Ferrari was the fastest car in the world when it was launched – thanks to an extremely powerful V8 engine under the bonnet, and its lightweight construction from carbon fibre, aluminium and kevlar. With two turbochargers crammed in the engine bay this motor kicks out a hefty 478bhp.
The singer-songwriter's 1990 model is the 60th of just 213 US specification F40s to be built and has covered only 7,900 miles – an average of a mere 330 miles per year. Up for auction at the Auctions America Burbank event in California, this car is expected to fetch between $1,000,000 (£585,000) and $1,300,000 (£760,000) – due to the car's celebrity history, its pristine condition and sheer rarity.
However, with models in the UK advertised for around £600,000 to £800,000, it's possible that Stewart's F40 will achieve a much higher price than this. The car has lived in California for all of its life and has been described as 'mechanically flawless' by the vendor, Auctions America.
The concours example has been recently serviced in San Francisco by a certified Ferrari master technician and has an immaculate interior with body hugging carbon fibre bucket seats.
Also included in the sale is the original Ferrari F40 luggage set, all books and manuals, factory tool kit, tyre pump and car cover. With prices for the most popular classic cars rising rapidly, this F40 might prove to be a wise investment – even with its million dollar estimated price.
Author: Christofer Lloyd