The 1990 Ferrari F40 came about because of a mandate from Enzo Ferrari to create the best car in the world. The F40 succeeded the Ferrari 288 GTO, and became the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car ever produced at that point. Commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company, the F40 planned to be a limited run of only 400 cars, but over the F40’s lifetime 1,311 were produced. The car originally sold in 1987 for approximately $400, but even back then rumors of sales for $3.6 million spread throughout the automotive world. In fact, it was an F40, owned by Formula One driver Nigel Mansell, that set the record for the highest price for an auctioned car at one million pounds (a record that stood into the 2010s).
The car was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti (who came up with the body). Pietro Camardella, of studio Pininfarina, also chipped in with Nicola Materazzi’s guidance. The F40 had an enlarged 2,936cc, twin turbocharged, intercooled V8. Peak power output was rated at 471 horsepower with 426 lb-ft of torque. The F40 could go from zero to sixty in just 4.7 seconds, and had a top speed in excess of 200 miles per hour.