RM Sotheby’s has announced a four-time F1 World Champion Alain Prost’s Ferrari F40 is up for auction, with the built-in-1989, registered-in-1990 example of the Prancing Horse brand’s illustrious supercar expected to fetch between €2 500 000 and €3 000 000 (R50 547 226.72 to R60 659 040 at the current Rand-Euro exchange rate).

Considered by many to be one of the greatest Formula One racing drivers of all time, Alain Prost took delivery of this F40 during his first season at Scuderia Ferrari F1 team. “The car was registered in France at Prost’s home in Meribel in February 1990,” said RM Sotheby’s. However, Prost has told the auction house he never used it, with the French driver selling it shortly after taking delivery. However, before the car was delivered to the next owner — Graham de Zille — Prost signed the roof.

By 1999, the car was owned by David Darling. According to RM Sotheby’s, the vehicle was minimally used under the ownership of Darling, who split his time between the UK and the US. Craig Johnson then acquired the F40, followed by Karl McKeowen, who owned it for a year before Alistair Dyson took ownership in 2007 and kept it until 2016.

The F40 — chassis number 83249 — seen here was completed in late 1989. The car was manufactured without catalytic converters or adjustable suspension, two features that would later be present in the F40 production models. In 2016, this F40 was granted Ferrari Classiche certification, which states that the car has retained its original bodywork, engine, transmission and chassis. In addition, this F40 is sold with Schedoni luggage and a toolkit. The odometer indicates the car has travelled only 4 667 km.

As a reminder, the sought-after F40’s mid-mounted 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine was endowed with 352 kW and 577 Nm of torque, sent to the rear axle (from 7 000 r/min and 4 000 r/min) via a five-speed manual transmission.

Remi Dargegen ©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s