1996 Ferrari F501996 Ferrari F50
Year of manufacture1996
1996 Ferrari F50
Chassis no. 105265
- One owner, 1318km from new
- Only 349 cars built
- Near-new condition, books and flight case
- A 'Formula 1 car for the road'
- Ferrari's supercar with a removable roof
Delivered new on 24 June 1996 by Charles Pozzi in Levallois to our client in Monaco, this Ferrari F50 has today covered only 1318km and is in faultless condition. Hardly any traces of wear can be seen and its paintwork shines like new. In the very sporty interior, the two-tone black and red seats are also very well preserved and the controls show scarcely any signs of use. Apart from its novel dashboard, the F50 belongs to the pre-electronic era, as can be seen from its traditional steering wheel and metal-gated gear lever characteristic of the cars from Maranello. It comes with its original 'flight case' containing the parts for the removable hardtop and fabric soft top. Its tool kit is in its proper place under the bonnet, together with the original compressor. The various books and manuals supplied with the car are stowed in their handsome beige leather wallet.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1995, the F50 took its name from the marque's 50th anniversary (which it celebrated in 1997, when the last F50 was built) and was intended to be a true 'Formula 1 car for the road', according to Ferrari. It was therefore extremely radical in its conception, with no compromises or driver aids. Built on a highly rigid carbon-fibre structure, its suspension was close to that used on Formula 1 single-seaters, while its engine was developed directly from them. Unlike the 288 GTO and the F40 which used turbochargers for their V8 engines, the F50 marked something of a return to its roots for Ferrari with its 4.7-litre naturally-aspirated V12, which developed 520bhp at 8500rpm. The engine was notable for being a stress-bearing structural element, as on F1 cars, and employed cutting-edge technologies, with five valves per cylinder and dry-sump lubrication. The bodywork by Pininfarina favoured aerodynamics over aesthetics and was characterised by its spectacular rear spoiler, which flowed up from the rear wings. Thanks to its highly advanced technology, the F50 reached a top speed of 325kph and, above all, demonstrated its dynamic prowess by lapping the track at Fiorano four seconds faster than the F40. Despite its radical character, it offered a minimum level of comfort and was equipped with air-conditioning and elaborately designed seats. For those who wanted to make the most of the sun, the roof was removable.
Finally, it should be noted that the F50 is one of the rarest roadgoing Ferraris, as production was limited to just 349 cars, one fewer than the total the company had announced it thought it could sell (compared with some 1337 F40s built). It is therefore far from common for a car like this to come onto the market, especially in condition as near to new as the model presented here. Collectors will recognise it for what it is.
Impact on VAT: As the vehicle has been driven less than 6,000 kilometers, it can be considered “as new” for VAT purposes in certain European countries. Please
contact your local tax authorities for confirmation prior to purchase
Photos © Kevin Van Campenhout