This Man Built A Homemade Ferrari F40 In His Garage
Built from scratch, this Ferrari F40 replica is not a kit car or a terrible Toyota MR2 project.
The Ferrari F40 is an automotive legend that sets enthusiasts' hearts racing when mentioned. This iconic supercar was the last to be signed of by Enzo Ferrari himself and encompasses everything he thought a Ferrari road car should be. Today good examples can fetch over $1 million, so what do you do if you can’t afford one? Build one of course!
More on Ferrari…
- The one-off Ferrari Testarossa Spider owned by Gianni Agnelli
- Ferrari 330 GTO: The prancing unicorn
- Dinos for sale on AutoClassics
Meet Michael Johanssons, a gentleman who adores the mighty Ferrari F40, but like many of us, can’t quite stretch to the vast sums the supercar demands today. Instead of giving up on his dream of F40 ownership, Michael has been busy creating his own Ferrari since 2005.
While not made from the same exotic materials as a Ferrari, the replica is pretty accurate to the real thing. Michael started by creating a steel tubular frame to serve as the car’s skeleton, then he fashioned the bodywork out of sheetmetal to create the iconic supercar silhouette.
The whole project has been built from scratch with no donor chassis involved. Michael states that he could have found a mid-engined car, such as a Toyota MR2, to base the F40 replica on, but then the proportions of the car would be wrong. The build process becomes even more fascinating when he reveals that the only tools used for fabricating the body was a hammer and a homemade metal bending machine. Originally, measurements used for this 1:1 scale Ferrari came from a model, but Michael has since had contact with the real thing to verify his work.
Not much is shared about the powertrain of this car other than it uses a gearbox from a diesel Audi A4 — let’s hope that’s all it shares with the A4, and not its diesel engine!
It’s an impressive project whichever way you look at it, and it’s fair to say that Michael is far closer to owning a Ferrari F40 than most of us.
Classic Cars for Sale
Finished in Rosso Corsa Registered 1991 7,115 KM / 4,421 Miles Cat - Non-Adjust Model A simply beautiful example Ferrari F40 having covered only 7,115 KM from new. The vehicle is the most complete and stunning F40 we have had the pleasure to see and in virtually as new condition. Complete with the car comes a full luggage set stamped with the chassis number of this vehicle. The luggage is again
CHASSIS NUMBER 86678 According to the records, the F40 offered here was built to U.S. specifications, in Rosso Corsa with Rosso cloth interior, and equipped, as it is today, with wind-up windows. It was sold new in 1990 to the original owner in California, for whom it was road-registered as 2ULR999, and shown the following year at the Ferrari Owners Club Concours d`Elegance at Carmel Valley, and a
Ferrari F40 in Rosso Corsa. This beautiful example was an early non-cat, non-adjustable no power steering or creature comforts like airbags or a stereo. European supplied and only 3 owners. Now UK registered and Full Ferrari Classiche Certified. Comes with all books and a stack of invoices. Just had a full Cambelt Service and MOT at a Ferrari main dealer giving the new owner the confidence of prop
Veloce Classic & Sports Cars are pleased to offer this iconic 1991 Ferrari F40 first owned by the world famous Formula 1 driver Pierluigi Martini About the car Delivered new on 3 July 1991 in Monaco, to the Formula 1 driver Pierluigi Martini the car was presented in classic F40 livery, Rosso Fer 300/9 with Stoffa Vigogna interior, which has not been changed to this day. The car has had ju