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Bhuvan Chowdhary

Cars

January 8th, 2019

Originally starting life as a pre-production prototype, this 1987 Ferrari F40 Chassis No. 74045 was converted to LM spec by former Le Mans and IMSA driver Rene Herzog in 1992. The conversation took place at Michelotto, where the Ferrari F40 LM was given enlarged twin IHI turbochargers and intercoolers, and advanced Weber-Marelli fuel injection that brought the power output up to 700 bhp. Corresponding to the LM-spec, the weight was reduced to just 1,050 kg which we can imagine resulted in some stunning performance numbers that would be further aided by extensive chassis stiffening, race-spec transmission, uprated brakes and LM-spec bodywork. Soon after the conversion, Herzog sold the car. While over its life the 1987 Ferrari F40 LM changed quite a few hands, it was always in some way or other always found racing, either at the European GT Championship or at the BPR Global GT series.

The F40 LM eventually found its way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where in finish with the best results that a Ferrari F40 would ever score, landing a respectable 12th overall and 6th in its GT1 class. The car then went on to score a second place at the Silverstone Four Hours. Chassis No. 74045 is one of the most significant F40 LM that was ever raced amongst privateer-led Ferraris and is heading to sale in its current, prestine condition at the RM Sotheby’s Paris sale on February 6, 2019. More here. Photos by Stephan Bauer for RM Sotheby’s

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