July 21st, 2014, marks the 27th birthday of Enzo Ferrari's final masterpiece - the capstone achievement of his storied career, completed just before his death in 1988. Easily one of the most influential cars to ever grace magazine covers, celebrity driveways, and racetracks around the globe, the F40's iconic styling inspired the modern super-car designs we see today, and ushered in an era of twin-turbocharged engines.
Built to commemorate Ferrari's 40th birthday, the F40 didn't implement the most advanced technologies, rather it found its niche as the most brutal, gut-wrenching, primal beast of a vehicle to bless the tarmac. Ferrari knew that the F40 - despite not competing with the tech-y Porsche 959 - would change the super-car landscape forever. Ferrari created a vehicle so raw and unbridled, that even without the most modern technologies, it still delivered a completely unique driver experience without fail.
Specifications wise, the F40 holds impressive statistics even 27 years later. Boasting a 200mph top-speed and acceleration from 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds, the Ferrari F40 is powered by a monstrous twin-turbo V8, producing a mind-rattling 471 brake horse-power sent straight to the rear wheels - guaranteeing clouds of tire smoke. Upon its inception in 1987, the F40 was the fastest super-car sold to the public. Only 1,315 were produced from 1987 to 1992, with a few race-specific variants scattered throughout its lifetime.
As expected, a car of this caliber didn't come without a hefty price tag, with a suggested retail price of $400,000 (in 1987), the retail price today, including inflation, would be near $830,000! This exorbitant price reflects the heartfelt innovation required to design the F40, a vehicle that not only performed better than any other of its time, but a car which also stands as a timeless visual masterpiece. Original Ferrari boss and founder, Enzo Ferrari, intended for the F40 to be the final iteration of his legacy - an industry forerunner and racing legend. It ended up being just that. A year after witnessing the F40's release, Enzo Ferrari passed away on August 14, 1988, leaving behind what was already on its way to becoming one of the most respected racing teams and car manufacturers found anywhere in the world. Just weeks after his death, team Ferrari took a 1-2 finish at the podium of the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix - a fitting tribute to the vision and talent of Enzo, cementing his legacy into the history books.
27 years have passed since the inauguration of the F40, and in that time Ferrari has continued to produce some of the most beautiful, breath-taking, and earth-shattering vehicles to grace roadways across the globe. Although many of us will never be able to experience the heart-pounding fury of the F40, a myriad of Ferraris are at your disposal when traveling abroad thanks to Auto Europe's internationally renowned fleet of high-end vehicles.
If you'd like to pay tribute to the singular vision of Enzo Ferrari, why not let the top down on your rented Ferrari 458 Spider as you cruise the sun-soaked hills and race-worthy mountain roads of Maranello, Italy - the birthplace of the Ferrari brand.