Amelia Island

10-11 March 2017

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Lot 218

1995 Ferrari F50

  • Chassis no. ZFFTG46A0S0104220

Sold for $2,640,000


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520 bhp, 4,698 cc V-12 engine with Bosch Motronic 2.7 engine management, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and unequal-length wishbones, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 101.6 in.

  • Originally delivered to famed heavyweight Champion boxer Mike Tyson
  • Only 5,694 actual, well-maintained miles
  • Immaculate condition; original hardtop, “circus box,” tool kits, and manuals
  • Ferrari Classiche certified


Every tifosi has dreamt of piloting a Formula 1 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 of speed—would be enough to tug at the heartstrings of car enthusiasts anywhere. In essence, the Ferrari F50 was just that: an F1 car at heart, but it had been designed and engineered to be driven on the road.

At its heart was a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine with five valves per cylinder and twin overhead camshafts per bank, derived directly from the engine used in the 1990 Formula 1 season. As fitted to the F50, it was capable of producing 520 horsepower at 8,000 rpm but was capable of reaching an eardrum-shattering 10,000 rpm. The six-speed longitudinal gearbox, complete with a limited-slip differential, was fitted behind the engine, between which the oil tank was mounted for the dry-sump engine lubrication system. To help rein in the power, massive drilled and ventilated disc brakes were fitted with Brembo-supplied four-piston brake calipers.

This fanatical attention to detail in adding performance and reducing weight paid massive dividends in terms of performance. Capable of rocketing to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds, the F50 could accelerate onwards toward a top speed of 202 mph if the driver was brave enough to keep accelerating. Even more incredible was the car’s time for a standing mile – just 30.3 seconds.

The example offered here was the 73rd of the 349 F50s produced, one of only 50 U.S.-spec examples made. Delivered to Nader Amirvand of Auto Market in Fountain Valley, it was subsequently sold with a new 456 in a package deal, reportedly at full sticker price, to the legendary heavyweight Champion boxer Mike Tyson. The car remained with Mr. Tyson, its original owner, for several years, before being resold through a Seattle broker to local computer magnate, Kevin Marcus, with 4,900 miles.

Having remained virtually unused in Mr. Marcus’ ownership, the car was sold in 2005 through Ferrari broker Michael Sheehan to an enthusiast in Georgia, who commissioned an engine-out service and full electronic updates by Rod Drew of the well-known F.A.I. in Costa Mesa, California. As part of this work the rear seal was replaced; oil and water pumps rebuilt; the dashboard pod removed, serviced, and reinstalled; the lighting system upgraded; the ride height actuator replaced; and new tires installed.

In 2010 at 5,320 miles, the then-owner, a Ferrari dealership owner and renowned collector of both vintage and modern Ferraris, had his dealership replace the fuel bladders, perform a full engine-out service, and replace the main seals and all fluids, etc., at a cost of $36,000. An oil service and annual maintenance followed in May 2011 at 5,326 miles, and a full brake system service followed, five years later, at 5,694 miles.

The car has never been driven hard and, accordingly, remains in beautiful condition with 5,694 miles recorded at the time of cataloguing. It is accompanied by a partial service history, as well as the two sets of tools in the front deck, owner’s manuals and warranty booklet in their leather folio, wheel socket, car cover in bag, both the removable hardtop and emergency soft top with bag (in fine condition), utility light, its window sticker, and the “circus trunk” containing roll bars and a carbon rear tonneau cover.

In its current ownership, the car has received full Classiche certification by the Ferrari factory, with the Red Book accompanying the car to sale. Subsequent to its Classiche certification, the owner elected to have the desirable aftermarket Tubi exhaust installed, for better performance and an even sweeter exhaust note.

An extremely high-quality, Classiche-certified and well-accessorized F50 with a very interesting history indeed, this is a hypercar that packs a considerable punch.

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Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

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Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more