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When I visit the car-auction site “Bring A Trailer,” I expect to see automobiles. But I’ll gladly make an exception for this recent Ferrari F40 engine listing, which is filled with mechanically pornographic imagery of the Ferrari F40's amazing 2.9-liter V8. Prepare your souls for an up-close view of greatness.

The legendary Ferrari F40 is a raw racing machine, with a wacky wedge design, a huge wing, a gated manual transmission and no electronic aids to keep the driver from doing something stupid. But key to the F40's aura is its 471-horsepower “Tipo” V8 that revs to nearly 8,000 RPM, and right now, an example of this majestic contraption is for sale on Bring A Trailer.

According to the listing, which was pointed out by Redditor supercars_official, this 1992 Ferrari V8 was initially shown off at a 1993-1994 exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art called “Designed for Speed.”

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The post says the motor was built to Ferrari specifications, though it was never “assigned to a corresponding chassis.” The seller is said to have purchased the engine in 1998, kept it on display for 12 years, then swapped a few of its parts with those from his own F40—which had been modified to compete in hill climb races and at Bonneville.

This means this Tipo F120D V8 isn’t a factory original example, though it’s apparently got “a factory dyno-tested stock block, used crankshaft, bearings, [and] used pistons,” and will come with the stock IHI turbos. BAT goes on, describing the modifications made to this engine, writing:

The package offered here includes the original block with custom steel cylinder liners, custom-machined and ported cylinder heads with larger valves, a titanium valvetrain, and customs cams. Intake manifolds have been ported and modified for larger injectors.

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Still, despite its lack of 100 percent originality, the engine and its guts are beautiful.

BAT says the winning bidder F40 motor, who will pay at least $21,000 based on the current bid (it’s worth noting that a factory engine and trans were for sale a few years ago for about a quarter million) will have the engine delivered on a crate, completely disassembled as seen in these photos.

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Apparently the motor comes with some extra goodies like custom charge air coolers, custom headers, Garrett turbochargers, two sets of pistons, stock F40 exhaust manifolds, a “rolling stand,” a spare set of connecting rods made of titanium and more.

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The listing ends in five days, and while I’d bet the buyer will end up using its parts for a Ferrari F40—and part of me thinks that would be right and just—another part of me wouldn’t mind see this thing swapped into something bonkers.