Ferrari F40 LM

The factory-sanctioned Ferrari F40 LM series built by Michelotto

In the early seventies, the Ferrari factory effectively withdrew from all other racing series to focus their effort solely on the FIA Formula One Championship. While that focus paid off in 1975 when the Scuderia Ferrari won both the Constructors’ and the Drivers’ Championship titles, it was only due to a few privateers that the Ferrari name kept heading results lists with the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ and the Ferrari BB’s that came after.

In 1984, Ferrari’s mechanical engineer Nicola Materazzi wanted to go Group B racing with an evolution of the road-going limited edition Ferrari 288 GTO. He started a small side-project and eventually built five development cars called 288 GTO Evoluzione cars, but when the FIA brought and end to the Group B category for the 1986 season, the project was destined to be aborted with a proper racing series to compete in.

By 1986 the 40th anniversary of Ferrari was approaching and Enzo Ferrari at age 88 felt he wanted to leave a legacy in the form of a proper ‘supercar'. When all this came together, the decision was made to continue Materazzi’s 288 GTO Evoluzione project towards the production of a car exclusively for road use baptised ‘Ferrari F40’ to celebrate the 40th anniversary. Michelotto was officially the Ferrari service center for Ferrari Padua, but they had a history of great success in converting Ferrari 308’s for competition purposes. From Materazzi’s concept of the 288 GTO Evoluzione, Naterazzi in conjunction with Michelotto built the pre-production prototypes for Ferrari.

The limited edition 1987 Ferrari F40 was not developed to compete with the limited edition 1986 Porsche 959 supercar, but, albeit an entirely different approach, the whole car world and the posters in everybody’s childhood bedroom placed the two supercars cars side-by-side. While the motor press receive the more raw and more expensive Ferrari F40 with mixed reactions, it became an instant icon with the general public, potential customers and speculators. The original ideas of a limited series of 400 cars sold for about a quarter of a million dollars was stretched to well over 1.300 cars. The request for Ferrari, specially the F40, exploded by the end of the eighties and the final cars of the ever growing ‘limited’ edition were sold for up to one million dollars in a turbulent market.

Apart from Materazzi’s side-project with the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione and the unofficial support of a couple of privateers, the Scuderia Ferrari was still refraining from any motorsports effort apart from the FIA Formula One Championship. Inevitably a ‘privateer’ would stand up to take the iconic Ferrari F40 and re-enter the GT racing scene. The French Ferrari importer Ch. Pozzi SA commissioned Michelotto to develop a racing version of the F40 that was called F40 LM, for Le Mans, though in the end, this particular series of cars did never end up competing at Le Mans.

Eventually the Ferrari factory sanctioned the F40 LM project and Ch. Pozzi SA and managing director Daniel Marin, competed with s/n 79890 and s/n 79891 under the Ferrari banner in the IMSA series in 1989 and 1990. The racing team was led by ex-Renault F1 manager Jean Sage and had a proper line-up of drivers of past and future racing pedigree. Out of five entered races they took five podium finishes between the two chassis before both cars were sold to Ch. Pozzi SA in 1991.

  • 1st test session at Fiorano circuit on 25 October 1988 driven by Dario Benuzzi (1m23.1s)
  • Test session (4th) at Fiorano circuit on 24 November 1988 (1m19.4s)
  • Test sessions at Fiorano circuit (broken gearbox) and Mugello circuit on 7 December 1989
  • Test session at Fiorano circuit on 20 December 1989 (broken differential)
  • Test session at Fiorano circuit on 11 January 1989 (broken 2nd gear)
  • High speed testing at Nardo speed track in February 1989 (367 kph)
  • Test session at Fiorano circuit in February 1989 driven by Dario Benuzzi (1m18.0s)
  • Test session at Monza on 21 February 1989 driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille (2m31.0 in cold weather before oil pump failure)
  • Monza testing on 3-5 March 1989 driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille (1m44.3s)
  • Monza endurance testing on 20-23 March 1989 driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille and Alain Ferté
  • After the forced abandon of the Le Mans project, technical development continued in preparation for the IMSA races at Monza, Fiorano, Paul-Ricard, Jarama, Lédenon by various drivers, including Piere-Henri Raphanel and Jean Alesi.
  • Test session at Vallelunga on 29 July 1989 driven by Eric van de Poele (1m13.5s)
  • Test session at Heartland Park circuit in Topeka, Kansas driven by Eric van de Poele (1m40.9s) and Jean Ales (1m42.6s)

Michelotto built a total of 18 F40 LM chassis and converted one (s/n 74045 which was originally a pre-production Ferrari F40 built by Michelotto) chassis to the same full F40 LM specification under built number 13 that was previously skipped. While ’17’ was considered an unlucky number in Italy, that number was skipped too, so in the end, a total of 19 chassis with Michelotto built numbers 1 through 20 were built as listed below.

Ferrari F40 LM chassis built by Michelotto

79890
LM #01

79890 · LM #01
1988 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1988
Delivered to Carrozzeria Nova Rinascente (Dino Cognolato) on 14 April 1988
First road testing on 20 June 1988 at Vigonza (PD) by Dino Cogolato
Delivered by Michelotto on 20 October 1988
Raced in IMSA Series in 1989 and 1990
Delivered to Ch. Pozzi on 25 January 1991
Sold to Gérard Autajon (FRA) in 2000
Flag of Ferrari SpA
Flag of Ch. Pozzi SA
Flag of Ferrari Club Italia | La Leggenda Ferrari - Sport e Prototipi 1989
Italy, 11 June 1989, Imola
Flag of Ferrari SEFAC
Flag of 32. Toyota Monterey Grand Prix
IMSA GT Championship round 19, United States, 12 - 15 October 1989, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Flag of Jean Alesi
Flag of Ferrari France
Flag of Camel Grand Prix of Southern California 1989
IMSA GT Championship round 20, United States, 21 - 22 October 1989, Del Mar Fairgrounds
Flag of Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Flag of Ferrari France
Flag of Nissan Grand Prix of Road America 1990
IMSA GT Championship round 15, United States, 17 - 19 August 1990, Road America
Flag of Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Flag of Ferrari France
Flag of The New York 500 1990
IMSA GT Championship round 17, United States, 21 - 23 September 1990, Watkins Glen International
Flag of Hurley Haywood
Flag of Michel Ferté
Flag of Ferrari France
Flag of The Jamesway 300 1990
IMSA GT Championship round 18, United States, 29 September 1990, Lime Rock Park
Flag of Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Flag of Eric Van de Poele
Flag of Ferrari France
79891
LM #02

79891 · LM #02
1988 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1988
First chassis road testing on 20 June 1988 at Vigonza
Manufacturing by Michelotto ended on 16 January 1990
Raced in IMSA Series in 1989 and 1990
Delivered to Ch. Pozzi on 25 Januari 1991
Sold to Jean-Pierre Slaviç (CZE) in December 2002
Flag of Ferrari SpA
Flag of Ch. Pozzi SA
Flag of Camel Grand Prix of Heartland 1990
IMSA GT Championship round 07, United States, 4 - 6 May 1990, Heartland Park Topeka
Flag of Jean-Louis Schlesser
Flag of Ferrari France
Flag of Nissan Grand Prix of Ohio 1990
IMSA GT Championship round 09, United States, 1 - 3 June 1990, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Flag of Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Flag of Olivier Grouillard
Flag of Ferrari France
Flag of Nissan Grand Prix of Mosport 1990
IMSA GT Championship round 10, Canada, 22 - 24 June 1990, Mosport International Raceway
Flag of Jacques Laffite
Flag of Ferrari France
Flag of Nissan Grand Prix of Road America 1990
IMSA GT Championship round 15, United States, 17 - 19 August 1990, Road America
Flag of Michel Ferté
Flag of Ferrari France
Flag of The Jamesway 300 1990
IMSA GT Championship round 18, United States, 29 September 1990, Lime Rock Park
Flag of Hurley Haywood
Flag of Ferrari France
Flag of 25. Rétromobile
France, 11 - 20 February 2000, Parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles, Paris
Flag of Charles Pozzi SA
Flag of 78. Salon International de l'auto
Switzerland, 6 - 16 March 2008, Palexpo, Genève
Flag of Geneva Classics
Flag of (17302) Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
Monaco, 18 May 2009, Monte Carlo
Sold EUR 964.500 (incl.)
Flag of Cavallino Classic XX
United States, 18 - 23 January 2011, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Flag of Marvin Shein
Flag of Ferrari Historic Race (Trofeo Shell) Lime Rock Park 2011
Historic Challenge USA round 05, United States, 29 - 30 July 2011, Lime Rock Park
Flag of Michael Schein
Flag of (PB13) Gooding & Company | The Pebble Beach Auctions
United States, 17 - 18 August 2013
Estimate: USD 2,000,000 - 2,500,000 · Sold USD 2,090,000 (incl.)
Flag of 14. Salon Privé
United Kingdom, 5 - 6 September 2019, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
88513
LM #04

88513 · LM #04
1990 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1990
Delivered 23 May 1990 - GTC specs
Flag of Michael Gabel
Flag of 10. Modena Motorsport Trackdays
Germany, 23 - 24 July 2003, Nürburgring
Flag of Percy Bongers
Flag of (FF08) RM Auctions | Ferrari - Leggenda e Passione
Italy, 18 May 2008, Pista di Fiorano
Estimate: EUR 1.000.000 - 1.400.000 · No Sale EUR 900.000 (excl.)
88520
LM #05

88520 · LM #05
1991 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1991
Delivered 7 January 1991 - IMSA specs
Flag of Jean 'Beurlys' Blaton
Flag of Garage Francorchamps
Flag of FF40
Belgium, 26 - 27 September 1992, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Flag of Jean 'Beurlys' Blaton
Flag of Spa Ferrari Days | Historic Challenge 1995
Historic Challenge EUR, Belgium, 5 - 7 May 1995, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Flag of Jean 'Beurlys' Blaton
Flag of Pierre Dieudonné
Flag of 21. Rétromobile
France, 9 - 18 February 1996
Classic Car Associates
Flag of Ferrari Racing Days Nürburgring 1997
Germany, 4 - 6 July 1997, Nürburgring
Flag of Jean 'Beurlys' Blaton
Flag of Michel Vanneste
Flag of Spa Ferrari Days 1999
Belgium, 30 April - 2 May 1999, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Flag of Jean 'Beurlys' Blaton
Flag of (114) Brooks 114 - An Important Sale of Historic Ferrari Motor Cars & Automobilia
Switzerland, 18 December 1999, Palace Hotel
Estimate: USD 378,000 - 330,000 · Sold USD 362,565 (excl.)
88521
LM #03

88521 · LM #03
1990 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1990
Manufactured 14 November 1990
Delivered 16 May 1990 - IMSA specs

Flag of Giorgio Perfetti
88522
LM #06

88522 · LM #06
1991 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1991
Delivered 8 January 1991 - IMSA specs
Flag of Albert Uderzo
Flag of Ch. Pozzi SA
Flag of Ferrari Owners Club Concours 1995
United Kingdom, 9 July 1995, Castle Ashby, Northants
Flag of 5. Modena Motorsport Trackdays
Germany, 1 - 2 July 1998, Nürburgring
Flag of Axel Urban
Flag of ProTrade GmbH
Flag of (13164) Bonhams | The Ferrari Sale
Switzerland, 17 December 2005, Palace Hotel, Gstaad
Sold CHF 844.665 (incl.)
88523
LM #07

88523 · LM #07
1990 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1990
Delivered 5 December 1990 - IMSA specs
Flag of Sultan of Brunei
88524
LM #08

88524 · LM #08
1990 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1990
Delivered 21 December 1990 - IMSA specs
Flag of Capitanio
Flag of Forza-Ferrari II / Ferrari Club of Japan National Meeting
Japan, 5 - 6 June 1999, Suzuka, Japan
Flag of Yoshikuni Okamoto
92235
LM #09

92235 · LM #09
1991 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1991
Delivered 22 September 1991 - IMSA specs
Flag of Yoshiho Matsuda
Flag of Matsuda Collection
Flag of Forza Ferrari in Suzuka 1995
Japan, 8 - 9 April 1995, Suzuka International Racing Course
Flag of Yoshiho Matsuda
Flag of Matsuda Collection
92236
LM #10

92236 · LM #10
1991 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1991
Delivered 20 November 1991 - IMSA specs
Flag of Jim McLean
Flag of Ferrari NA
92237
LM #11

92237 · LM #11
1991 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1991
Delivered 18 December 1991 - IMSA specs
Flag of Albert Obrist
92238
LM #12

92238 · LM #12
1991 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1991
Delivered 19 December 1991 - GTC specs
95448
LM #14

95448 · LM #14
1992 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1992
Delivered 25 June 1992 - GTC specs
Flag of Walter Hagmann
95449
LM #15

95449 · LM #15
1993 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1993
Delivered 27 January 1993
Flag of Young
Flag of Ferrari NA
97881
LM #16

97881 · LM #16
1993 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1993
Delivered 8 June 1993 - GTC specs
Flag of Ed Wettach
Flag of Ferrari NA
Flag of Ferrari Sonderausstellung 2011
Switzerland, 15 October 2011 - 8 April 2012, Pantheon, Muttenz, Basel
97893
LM #18

97893 · LM #18
1993 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1993
Delivered 8 June 1993 - push rod specs
Flag of Ferrari NA
Flag of (21917) Bonhams | Quail Lodge Auction
United States, 14 - 15 August 2014, Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel Valley, California
Estimate: USD 2,250,000 - 2,750,000 · Sold USD 2,200,000 (incl.)
Flag of 41. Rétromobile
France, 3 - 7 February 2016, Parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles, Paris
Flag of JD Classics
Flag of 75. Goodwood Members' Meeting
United Kingdom, 18 - 19 March 2017, Goodwood Circuit
Flag of Christopher Wilson
Flag of 25. Goodwood Festival of Speed
United Kingdom, 29 June - 2 July 2017, Goodwood Circuit
Flag of Christopher Wilson
97904
LM #19

97904 · LM #19
1993 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1993
Delivered 6 July 1993 - push rod specs
Flag of Ferrari NA
Flag of Cavallino Classic VIII | Track Event
United States, 21 - 22 January 1999, Moroso Motorsports Park
Flag of John Bisanti
Flag of Cavallino Classic VIII | Tour of Palm Beach
United States, 22 January 1999, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Flag of John Bisanti
Flag of Cavallino Classic VIII | Concours d'Elegance
United States, 23 January 1999, The Breakers Resort Hotel
Flag of John Bisanti
Flag of Ferrari Club of America Annual Meet 1999
United States, 26 - 30 May 1999, Atlanta Motor Speedway
Flag of John Bisanti
Flag of Cavallino Classic IX | Track Event
United States, 20 - 21 January 2000, Moroso Motorsports Park
Flag of Gianni Bisanti
Flag of Cavallino Classic IX | Concours d'Elegance
United States, 22 January 2000, The Breakers Resort Hotel
Flag of Gianni Bisanti
Flag of Cavallino Classic IX | Concours d'Elegance
United States, 22 January 2000, The Breakers Resort Hotel
Flag of Gianni Bisanti
Flag of (MO15) RM Auctions | Monterey
United States, 13 - 15 August 2015, The Portola Hotel & Spa – Monterey, California
Sold USD 3,300,000 (excl.)
99401
LM #20

99401 · LM #20
1994 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1994
Delivered 20 May 1994
Flag of Ferrari NA
74045
LM #13

74045 · LM #13
1992 Ferrari F40 LM

Ferrari F40 LM 1992
Delivered 19 May 1992 - LM specs
Originally an F40 pre-production prototipo
Flag of Rene Herzog