1995 Ferrari F50

Kevin Uy ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Every tifosi has dreamt of piloting a Formula One car on the open road. No traffic. No stop lights. No speed cameras. Just the sound of the car’s exhaust note reverberating off buildings — let alone the feeling of sheer speed — would be enough to redline the heartbeats of car enthusiasts anywhere.

In essence, the Ferrari F50 was just that: an F1 car at heart, but it was designed and built to drive on the road.

At its heart was a 4.7-liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine with five valves per cylinder and twin overhead camshafts per bank. It was derived directly from the engine used in the 1990 Formula One season. As fitted to the F50, it was capable of producing 520 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, but it could reach an ear-shattering 10,000 rpm. The 6-speed longitudinal gearbox and limited-slip differential was fitted behind the engine. To help rein in the power, massive drilled and ventilated disc brakes were fitted with Brembo-supplied, four-piston brake calipers.

This car has never been driven hard and accordingly, remains in beautiful condition, with 5,694 miles recorded at the time of cataloguing. It has received full Classiche certification with the Red Book accompanying the car to sale.

 

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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