What’s it like to own an F40?
It’s all very well having journalists wax lyrical about their dream car, but does F40 custodianship actually live up to expectations? One man who knows is Mark Tiley, who owned an F40 for six years, eventually parting ways in 2007.
As with many ex-F40 owners you speak to, Tiley’s biggest regret is selling it, not least because his time with the car coincided with a period when values were fairly stagnant (for that blame the fact Ferrari built more than three times the original allocation of 400 cars). “The car went up by a modest £25,000 in the six years I had it,” winces Tiley, having since seen prices race to £1 million.
An F40 is not, of course, a cheap car to run, but by supercar standards the engine and gearbox are pretty robust, and servicing reasonably straightforward. The biggest expense Tiley had was replacing the pair of rubber fuel cells, which needs doing every 10 years at a cost of about £12,000 back then. “I remember that one,” he laughs. “But the thing to remember with F40s is that whatever the cost of ownership might be, it is far outweighed by the sense of occasion and fun factor when driving it.”