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French Blue Racer
1987 Ferrari F40 LM

With such a remarkable and rare pre-production 1987 Ferrari F40 LM available for auction, the RM Sotheby’s Paris sale at the Salon Rétromobile could easily be a highlight for both serious collectors and motorsport enthusiasts alike.

Originally assigned as a prototype for developing the road-going Ferrari F40, chassis number 74045 is without a doubt one of the most significant examples of the Ferrari F40. In 1992, it was converted by famed engineering specialists Michelotto to Le Mans specifications. Fitted with extensively modified bodywork such as the rear wing, other upgrades included larger brake discs, revised suspension and race transmission. The interior was stripped down to a minimum but with the usual race-fare of buttons and kill-switches in place of the centre console. 

Acquired in 1994 by race driver Michel Ferté, this particular F40 LM finished 12th at 1995’s Le Mans race, and was then campaigned in the BPR Global GT series. Til today, it is dressed in the French Racing Blue livery with ballpen graphics, an interesting reference to its sponsor Pilot. With an estimate between 4.5 and 5.5 million euros, the “most significant F40 LM” according to RM Sotheby’s will be sold by auction on 6 February.