Gas Monkey Garage modified Ferrari F40 is heading for auction
Spoiler warning, there will be a bunch of angry people in the comments below. The F40 is one of the most iconic Ferraris in history, and as such it attracts steep prices, and angry people when someone dares to change it a little.
This one had been featured on the popular Fast 'n' Loud show in 2013 where Richard Rawlings picked it up in a rather poor state for 'mere' $400,000. The car took a hefty shunt in 2011 which bend the frame leaving the car in need of some serious love and attention. Fast 'n' Loud fixed it (more about that below) and sold it for $675k in 2014. It was then sold again a year later for $643K to Richard Scott. Long story short, in 2017 Richard was arrested for bribery, the F40 was seized and it will be auctioned off by Apple Towing Company’s February 5-7 auction in California.
Finally, we can get back to the car. The bent frame was fixed and strengthened, while the whole car was stripped down to its bare chassis and built back up, by The Man, The Beard, The Legend that is Aaron Kaufman (with some help from a few Ferrari experts and the Beard of course).
As you can quite clearly see the guys from Gas Monkey Garage didn't exactly stick to the rule-book, and thrown in a few mods to this restoration. Most notably it's re-painted.
Ferrari built 1,311 F40s and each one of them left Maranello painted in 'Rosso Corsa' (Racing Red)*. It's also the colour that most hardcore Ferrari fans' faces turn when they find out Gas Monkey repainted their F40 black and stuck some decals on the doors...
But wait, there is more: the guys over at GMG not only fixed and changed the appearance of the F40, they tuned it too. The F40 is undauntedly a beast even by today standards, but 80s tech is 80s tech, so GMG gave it new Penske Racing adjustable shocks, and a Kevlar clutch pack to lighten it even further and give it more 21st century handling stability.
But there is more: they played with the heart and soul of the F40 too, the god-like 2.9litre Twin-Turbo V8, give it an aluminium flywheel, Tubi exhaust and a pair of uprated turbochargers. This seen a nice little 79bhp increase from 471bhp to 550bhp.
Given its history as a write off and the modified status, it's quite likely it will fetch a somewhat modest price, at least in comparison to the unmodified models out there. So if you have a few hundred grand laying around you might just get lucky. Or not, as Richard Rawlings has reportedly expressed his interested in getting this one back saying he plans 'to bid aggressively on the car'.