Lot 241: Ferrari F50
With the possible exception of the McLaren F1, the Ferrari F50 came closer to being a true Formula One racer than any of its production car contemporaries. Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari, it followed a similar recipe to the brand's 40th anniversary special, the F40. Both cars were precision tools designed to forge a road-going link to the Ferrari competition legend. The F40 was powered by a potent twin-turbo V8, but for the F50 Ferrari opted for a more familiar power plant: the naturally aspirated V12.
Reinforcing the F50's ties to F1 racing, the car's engine was derived not from another Ferrari road car but from the company's 1990 season F1 engine. An over-square design with an 85mm bore and 69mm stroke, the 65-degree V12 displaced 4.7 litres and produced 520bhp. That power enabled a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, a quarter mile time of 12.1 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 200mph.
The F50 chassis was a carbon fibre tub that incorporated the engine as a stressed member. The body panels, also carbon fibre, were unstressed. Extensive use of carbon fibre kept the weight down. Ferrari initially planned to offer both closed (Berlinetta) and open (Barchetta) versions of the F50, but instead only one model was offered that combined the virtues of both through the use of a removable hardtop.
Clearly, the F50 did not make many concessions to driver comfort. One of the only traces of luxury came from seats and pedals that could be adjusted to place the driver in his or her optimal driving position, but even this was done to allow more thorough exploitation of the car's abilities and not to cosset the owner.
Despite its obvious ties to Ferrari motorsports heritage, the F50 was never raced by the factory. An F50 GT was developed with the intent of building a dedicated GT1 endurance racing car. But when the BPR Global GT Series became the FIA GT Championship in 1997, Ferrari decided to abandon the project and focus its resources elsewhere. Nevertheless, three F50 GTs were produced: one prototype, and two for special customers.
With its race-derived technology, purposeful appearance, and telepathic connection to the driver, the F50 was one of the most advanced and capable cars of its time. The last F50 was produced in Maranello in July 1997.
Described as the perfect example, this F50 was registered in the UK on 4th June 1996, and has since enjoyed a full and well documented service history. Fitted with a Tubi exhaust and having received new fuel tanks in 2008, the car is offered with the correct tool kit, roof and its flight case. A Ferrari Classiche certificate is also supplied with the car along with a UK MoT certificate and UK registration documents.
With the an equivalent McLaren F1 now commanding over �2 million Euros, this stunning F50 is rapidly moving in the same direction and as such offers superb value for money.
Coys, Essen, Germany
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€379250|
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