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Is this Koenig Specials F48 the only acceptable pretend Ferrari F40?

Fancy owning a 348 made to look kind of like *the* Eighties supercar star?

Published: 02 Dec 2021
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We wouldn’t often recommend buying a replica Ferrari, but this is no Toyota MR2 with a dodgy DIY bodykit. Nope, what you see above is a Koenig Specials F48, and it’s currently for sale at Furlonger Specialist Cars in the UK. The price? £149,990.

The fact it’s one of just two RHD F48s goes some way to explaining the price. It is actually a proper Ferrari, too. Under that F40-like widebody kit is a 1990 Ferrari 348.

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Those familiar with Willy Koenig’s work will know that it’s not just the looks that were given the tuner treatment. The standard 3.4-litre V8 was granted a pair of F1 spec Garrett T3 turbochargers. Power suddenly jumped to 520bhp, but think of the lag…

There were also carbon ceramic brakes (but only on the front axle, the rear still got steel), as well as OZ Racing wheels, new suspension, a new ECU and a massive intercooler.

This particular car wasn’t actually delivered to its first owner – Douglas Hall, then Deputy Chairman of Newcastle United Football Club – until 1994, but despite what could be described as ‘tricky’ road manners, it’s still managed to clock up over 40,000 miles in the past few decades. 

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Images: Furlonger Specialist Cars

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