All the 1,311 units of the Ferrari F40 produced between 1987 and 1992 left the factory in the mandatory Rosso Corsa. Nevertheless, some brave owners have been meddling with the iconic supercar’s colors ever since. And the latest example that has purists screaming is the mint green F40 (the shade is actually called Verde Pallido).
These days, the supercar and hypercar market has expanded enough to keep old-school values like N/A engines and manual gearboxes alive. However, Ferrari doesn’t offer a manual anymore, explaining that the performance drawback compared to its current dual-clutch gearboxes would be too great.
However, if you’ve got a few million to spend, you should know the average price for an F40 sits at $2.5 million in 2023. And while its 477 hp may sound like sports car territory these days, the fact that this retired halo car was born from the ashes of a 288 GTO Group B rallying project means the visceral driving experience—manual and all—is unparalleled.
The Ferrari F40 was repainted Verde Pallido earlier this year
No, this is not a wrap, even though vinyl jobs like this Pink F40 at last year’s SEMA show also tend to break the Internet. Instead, German-based collector car company Schaltkulisse, who currently owns the vehicle, had the Ferrari F40 resprayed in Verde Pallido.
As the specialist explains, when it got the car, this had been driven like such a beast should, repainted, and was once again in need of some fresh paint.
The said shade of mint green was chosen as an ode to the Ferrari 250 GTO built for the late Sir Stirling Moss. That 250 GTO, chassis number 3505GT, competed in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans and crossed the auction block in 2012 for $35 million, an auction record at the time—hey, if your budget is tight, how about a Miata unapologetically pretending to be a 250 GTO?
In fact, while the images below, which come courtesy of Alex Penfold, showcase the F40 in all its splendor, the rendering at the end of the gallery (via roadracerally) illustrates the connection to the famous 250 GTO.
The Prancing Horse itself allows customers to order new cars in this color via its Ferrari Tailor Made program, even though we doubt it would approve an F40 repaint like this one.
Regardless, the red seats of the F40 now stand out even more than before, as those who met the car earlier this month at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2023 could easily notice. And yes, we expect the Verde Pallido F40 to be auctioned off later in the year.