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Lot 227

1995 Ferrari F50

  • Chassis no. ZFFTG46A6S0104092
  • Serial no. 062/349

Sold for $3,135,000


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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.

  • The 62nd of 349 F50s produced; one of only 55 U.S.-production examples
  • One of four examples finished in Nero; one of just two U.S.-production examples in Nero
  • Just under 2,090 miles from new
  • Undoubtedly one of the most desirable F50s in existence


Built to celebrate 50 years of success in motorsport, the Ferrari F50 aimed to offer customers an experience as close to a Formula 1 car as possible, but while retaining the familiarity of a road-legal platform. Following four years of production and development, the F50 was finally unveiled at the 63rd annual Geneva Motor Show in 1995. Luca di Montezemolo, Piero Lardi Ferrari, Sergio Pininfarina, and Niki Lauda were all on hand at the unveiling, illustrating the monumental importance of this new model to the history of Ferrari.

Carbon fiber was utilized throughout, particularly in the body tub and shell, helping to keep the F50 as featherlight as the chassis itself, which was made entirely of Cytec aerospace carbon fiber and tipped the scales at just 225 pounds. 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. This layout was reminiscent of the one used in Ferrari’s contemporary Formula 1 cars. Ferrari’s weight-saving measures and no-nonsense approach to the car’s design were also evident throughout the interior. Wind-up windows instead of electrically operated windows were utilized and even the throttle, brake, and clutch pedals (all fully adjustable) were drilled to further maximize weight reduction.

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 F50 might have looked drastically different from Ferrari’s F1 cars of the time, but it undoubtedly had the heart and soul of a racer. Production would be limited to just 349 examples worldwide, far less than the over 1,300 F40s produced. Of course, while the 288 GTO and F40 before it were only finished in the traditional Ferrari shade of Rosso Corsa, this would change for the F50. The vast majority of F50s produced were indeed finished in red, but a handful received more unique paintwork. Some were finished in yellow and silver, while only four were finished in black.

Of the four black F50s produced, there were only two examples that went to the United States. One such example was unfortunately crashed about three years ago, leaving the example presented here, chassis number 104092, the only pristine and unmolested black, U.S.-specification F50 in existence.

Fitted with a contrasting black and red leather and Alcantara interior, the F50 truly has a menacing look and presents just as beautifully as when it came out of the factory. Throughout its whole life, it has remained in the hands of careful collectors, individuals who recognized the car’s significance and inherent value. As a result, it has been carefully cossetted and maintained accordingly from new and remains in splendid condition throughout.

Importantly, it retains a number of its original accessories, including the following: its original hardtop still wrapped in its roof box, three pieces of unopened factory luggage, its original and unused canvas top, two sets of keys, tool kit, car cover, and wheel nut tool. Furthermore, in December of 2016 the car received a service by a Ferrari specialist, which included changing all the fluids and replacing the car’s fuel bladder. Thus, it remains ready for road use should its next custodian so desire.

Without a doubt the most special F50 that RM Sotheby’s has ever offered, it is highly unlikely that such a remarkable example will become available in the near future. With only four examples ever finished in black, a Nero F50 ranks amongst the rarest of modern Ferraris ever produced. It would stand tall in any of the finest Ferrari collections on the planet as an exceptional example of one of Ferrari’s most incredible road-going automobiles.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

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

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

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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Ontario, Canada

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

Cameron Smyth

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Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

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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United States

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

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

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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Ontario, Canada

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

Ian Kelleher

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California, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

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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California, United States

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

Matt Malamut

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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

Peter Wallman

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United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... 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