Ordering a Ferrari F40 – one each, naturally – was surely no Momentary Lapse of Reason (the Pink Floyd tour at the time) for either rock star. As well as being the fastest car of its day, the F40 came with the added appeal of being built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary (so exactly 30 years ago) and being the last Ferrari to have the personal hand of Enzo Ferrari on it. F40s were hot then, even hotter now – for many still the ultimate supercar.
No surprise then that Mason and Gilmour were sold on it. They were photographed with their cars after trying them at Fiorano, and soon after raced them back to the UK, whereupon the country’s first F40s went straight to the 1988 British Motor Show in Birmingham. Mason’s was on the Ferrari stand, Gilmour’s graced the Pininfarina stand.
Nick Mason still has his F40 – and many other cars besides of course – but Gilmour sold his. And now it’s for sale again, one of the star lots at the Bonhams sale at the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard at 11.00 on Friday June 30th.
As an ’88 car, it is one of the early F40s with Plexiglass sliding windows, non-adjustable suspension and no catalytic converter to hold things back. The two-seater, with those iconic looks and race-car construction and cabin, was equipped with a four-cam 3.0-litre V8, mounted transversely behind the seats like its glorious forebear, the 288GTO. Twin IHI turbos boosted power to 478bhp at 7,000rpm. With its small frontal area and good Cd, it was enough for 201mph – for the first time.