Check out these photos of a destroyed Ferrari F40 and try not to cry

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This Ferrari F40 was completely destroyed in a fire on its first drive following a restoration.

The classic supercar had just undergone extensive work to return it to factory-fresh condition. The vehicle went up in flames on the owner's first drive after having it returned.

Only about 1,300 of the cars were ever made, and this one could face being crushed. It was brought into the recovery yard of a member of the FerrariChat web forum, who then posted the photos for others to see.

Check out these photos of a destroyed Ferrari F40 and try not to cry

Check out these photos of a destroyed Ferrari F40 and try not to cry


He explained that if an insurance claim was to be made the car would be considered a 'Category B' write-off, which means that the car has to be destroyed. The only silver lining for purists is that salvageable parts can be legally removed before it gets crushed.

If the owner decides not to claim on their insurance, however, the car could still be renovated should someone wish to take on the project.

The Ferrari F40 is considered a landmark in the history of performance cars. When it went into production in 1987 it was the first car to have a top speed above 200mph and was developed from the company's Group B rallying project.

When Group B was cancelled in 1986 amid safety concerns, Ferrari was left with five 288 GTO Evoluzione race cars with nowhere to race them. Enzo Ferrari wanted to celebrate his company's 40th anniversary the next year with an iconic car, so commissioned his engineers to adapt the rally project into a road car. The F40 was born.