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1995 Ferrari F50

Engine No. 40151
Driving into Summer Online Auction May 2020 - RM Auctions
Thursday, 21 May - Friday, 29 May 2020
$2,200,000
Not sold at a high bid of
174
Lot Number
#2
Original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. ZFFTA46B000103114, Engine No. 40151. Rosso Corsa over black and red. 4699-cc, 513-hp V-12, 6-speed manual. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, Classiche Red Book, owners manuals, tool kit.

Evaluation: Original | Represented as the second F50 built. Shown at the 1995 Frankfurt motor show and sold new in Germany. Brought to the U.S. in 2017 and federalized. Full service and prepurchase inspection in May 2020. Showing 3371 miles. Rubs on the underside of the front corners of the bumpers. Dash is starting to wear to the left of the gauge cluster. Light wear on the outer driver’s seat bolster, and the driver’s side doorsill has minor scuffs. That sounds unusual given the low mileage, but these cars are hard to get in and out of, and otherwise, the interior looks like new. The engine cover is delaminating a bit at the top, but again, that is typical for the age. The F50 is a polarizing car—thanks in large part to its less than graceful bodywork—but it’s a rare (349 built) halo-model Ferrari with 12 cylinders behind the seats and an open-gate shifter between them, so it will always be highly collectible. And this is mostly a very good example. Located in Massachusetts.

Bottom Line: The Massini Report on this F50 notes that it was “confiscated by German financial authorities” in the late 1990s, but the story doesn’t get any juicier than that. It sold in March 1999 for 690,000 marks (approximately $380,000 at the time). More recently, it went to Mecum Monterey in 2018 (showing 3363 miles) and hammered not sold at a $3,000,000 reported high bid. The dealer has advertised it for sale at $3.5M, reducing the price to $3.35M in April and $2,995,000 in May, so there’s a big gap between their expectations and the bidders’ assessment.

by Hagerty Editor
1 May 2020
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Parts car.
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