What’ll It Be: Ferrari F40 or Bugatti EB110?

We’ll always remember the late 1980s and early ’90s as the dawn of the supercar as we know it. That’s when we started seeing mid-engined exotics that looked like nothing else and were capable of cracking 200 miles per hour in a heartbeat.

It’s an era that gave us such exotics like the Porsche 959, McLaren F1, and Jaguar XJ220. But two of the most memorable in our books were the Ferrari F40 and Bugatti EB110. And there just so happens to be examples of each coming up for auction.

The progenitor of today’s LaFerrari, the F40 for many still remains the prototypical supercar. It was as close as Ferrari had ever come to making a race car for the road, stripped down to the bare essentials. It had 3.0-liter twin-turbo V8, a five-speed manual, plastic windows, and carbon-Kevlar bodywork with paint so thin you could see the weave right through it.

The EB110 took a different approach that set the reborn marque on a course that lead directly to today’s Chiron. Like the F40, it was mid-engined, turbocharged, and made in Italy (in the greater Modena area no less), but that’s where the similarities ended. The first Bugatti in decades employed a 3.5-liter quad-turbo V12 with all-wheel drive and (in GT trim) creature comforts that made the F40 look spartan. (Which it was.)

The Bugatti was far more powerful than the Ferrari, producing 552 hp to the Prancing Horse’s 471. And as a result, it was a lot faster: 0-60 in the threes instead of the fours, and a top speed in excess of 212 mph instead of just cresting the double-century mark. The EB110 was also much more rare: Bugatti only made about one tenth the number of EB110s that Ferrari did F40s. Yet Bonhams values the Ferrari much higher today at $875-975k than it does the Bugatti at $500-700k.

Both are set to cross the auction block at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut next month. For your money, or cost no object, which would you take?

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  • Kash

    The Ferrari is overrated and the Bug is underappreciated imo.

    • Vassilis

      The F40 isn’t overrated at all mate.

      • Six Thousand Times

        I’m going to have to agree with Kash. I’d prefer a 288GTO.

        • Kash

          Now that’s a Ferrari that isn’t overrated. I can agree with you there.

      • Kash

        it is though. It’s another Ferrari, another red Ferrari to top it off. Cool, what’s next a 911 or an E9x M3? Whoo! So exciting! The Bug though, the EB110 was something else, it was ahead of it’s time. The EB110 is rare, was quicker, and just looks better.

        • Vassilis

          I’d prefer a 288 as well but that’s irrelevant to whether the F40 is overrated or not. What makes the F40 so special is the fact it’s one of the very few truly demanding, and rewarding when you get it right, supercars ever. It’s not a shit car that people claim is great. It really is a great car with incredible character. That’s what everyone who has driven it is saying, therefore it’s not overrated. The EB doesn’t have the same qualities. It’s similar to the Veyron and the Chiron. It’s an amazing car obviously but it’s a different car. Some people would choose a Chiron over a LaFerrari. I’d choose a LaFerrari.

          • Kash

            Yeah, it really isn’t though, especially compared to other cars of the same time.

          • Vassilis

            What exactly do you base that opinion on and which cars were as good to drive or better? The 959 certainly wasn’t. Neither was the EB.

          • Kash

            As for demanding, the 959 wasn’t a cakewalk to handle, and the 993 GT2 was called a widowmaker for a reason even if it wasn’t the first, those cars were demanding and because of that they were also rewarding when you got it right.

            As for rewarding the Diablo and Testarossa were far more rewarding to drive even if they weren’t demanding.

          • Vassilis

            The F40 was much more demanding than any of those mate. Anyway, it seems to me that you’re actually underestimating the F40 instead of everyone else overestimating it. I don’t know why you would do that but anyway, it doesn’t really matter.

          • Kash

            Okay. Sure. Not like I’ve driven those cars or anything and I’m comparing them based on personal experiences.

      • Bo Hanan

        Its a 288GTO, (wonderful car) with a body kit and a tuned engine.

    • Bo Hanan

      Must agree.

    • Six_Tymes

      F40 over rated? THAT is a laugh!

      • Kash

        for every 1 EB110 that was made 9.5 F40’s were made, only 400 F40’s were supposed to be made and they made 1,311. Everyone who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s had a poster of the F40 on their wall, no one had a poster of the EB110, most American gearheads probably didn’t even know about the EB110 until years after it came out. That’s overrated.

  • Vassilis

    Ferrari F40.

  • Six Thousand Times

    959.

  • Status

    I’ve always felt the F40 was vulgar in every respect.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I don’t like modern Ferraris too much and the F40 has been seen so much everywhere that’s a tad overrated but i’d still take the Ferrari over the Bugatti in this case. Except the color. That blue is really nice.

  • Mill0048

    The Ferrari is the investment, the Bugatti is the one you actually drive and enjoy.

  • Bash

    Its gonna be the EB110 for me

  • EB110 in Yellow with Red leather interior.

  • Alex

    The Bugatti EB 110 was a mid-engine sports car produced by Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. from 1991 to 1995, when the company went bankrupt. It was the only production model made by Romano Artioli’s Italian incarnation of Bugatti

  • Infinite1

    The Ferrari for me, the EB110 isn’t attractive to me but what a beautiful engine it has!

  • MG force.

    People who have never driven a ferrari is here to comment on things they do not know! Ridiculous!.We are talking about two legendary cars of their time !.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    959.

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