At the time of its launch, the Ferrari F50 was considered to be somewhat lackluster compared to its legendary predecessor, the F40. Fast forward almost three decades and the F50 has become one of the most prized and valuable of Ferrari’s great halo supercars/hypercars. Next month, one example could sell for an extraordinary $6.5 million.
Ferrari only ever built 349 examples of the F50 and this particular one is chassis number 103274 and just the eighth built. It rolled out of the factory in October 1995 and is finished in Rosso Corsa with a Nero interior.
RM Sotheby’s says the car’s first owner was a dealership in Singapore dubbed Hong Seh Motors. The car was kept by the dealership’s principal at his home for many years before being sold and exported to the United States in 2013. The car has only ever been driven 625 miles (1,005 km) and in June 2014, was certified with a Ferrari Classiche Red Book, noting that it has the original chassis, engine, transmission, and coachwork.
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The Ferrari is being sold with a factory-issued set of fitted luggage, a case for the removable hardtop, service records, and the factory purchase order.
There is a lot to love about the Ferrari F50 but certainly the highlight is the Formula 1-derived 4.7-liter naturally-aspirated V12 found behind the cabin. This powertrain churned out 513 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque when the car was new, allowing it to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds despite being rear-wheel drive while also sprinting through to a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). Other mechanical highlights of the car include 14-inch front brake rotors, 13.2 inch rear brake rotors, and a racing-style fuel bladder as opposed to a regular fuel tank.
The auction house expects the car to sell for between $5.5 million and $6.5 million.