1996 Ferrari F50

Rather than producing a car that would be compared to the F40, Ferrari chose a different path and decided to build a Formula One car for the street

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Fifty years of racing, 50 years of winning, 50 years of hard work.” With these words, Luca di Montezemolo introduced the F50 on March 6, 1995, at the Auto Museum in Geneva, Switzerland, in conjunction with the city’s 63rd annual auto show.

Piero Lardi Ferrari and Sergio Pininfarina removed the car cover to officially present the new car to the world. The F40 may have been a hard act to follow, but the Ferrari designers exceeded themselves with the F50, which replaced its predecessor’s small capacity twin-turbo V8 powerplant with a more traditional Ferrari V12.

In typical Ferrari fashion, the company announced just 349 cars would be built over two years-one less than the market demanded. The first ten cars went to Europe, while deliveries to the United States began in July 1995. Each owner received a document signed by Luca di Montezemolo attesting to the authenticity of the car, and all the owners were to be invited back to Modena after the last F50 was produced to celebrate the evolution of the car.

The Ferrari F50 on offer, chassis 105193, was delivered to HRH Prince Saud Bin Fahad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. The car was kept primarily at the Prince’s Monte Carlo residence. Build number 148 of 349, HRH retained the car until 2002, at which point the car was sold to an owner in the United Kingdom.

This F50 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and goes from 0 to 100 mph in just over eight seconds. The car has never been damaged, and both the aerodynamic carbon fiber body and central structure maintain the close factory tolerances with which the F50 was built. The interior appears practically new, with no wear on the form-fitting racing-style seats.

The condition of this F50 will satisfy the most demanding collector and it will provide all the performance for which these supercars are known. It offers a nimble, exhilarating, and unapologetically aggressive driving experience. This F50 has very low mileage and underwent a recent full service by official Ferrari dealer Joe Macari, and it includes Ferrari Certification.

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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