THE VERY first production-spec Ferrari F50 is up for sale, having popped up at a dealership in Long Island, New York.
And besides being the first of its kind, this particular F50 has a very interesting logbook indeed – despite only having 2250 kilometres on the odometer. It’s only changed hands a few times in the 24 years since its creation.
It’s Ferrari Classiche certified (very important for all the Concours events you’ll be entering), documented by Marcel Massini (a renowned Ferrari historian) and was Ferrari’s debut car at the 1995 Motor Shows of Geneva and Tokyo. It is the last Ferrari with a five-digit serial number, and its Rosso Corsa exterior paint and black leather seats with red cloth inserts is a timeless Ferrari configuration.
Serial number #99999 began life in 1994 as the F50 project test mule, performing lap after lap at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in development of the F1-inspired road car. Further testing saw this F50 take to the roads of Maranello at the capable hands of Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger, Jean Alesi and Dario Benuzzi.
In 1998, it was gifted to a loyal European car dealer who kept it until 2006 where he sold it to the west coast of America. After spending some time there, attending events like the 2008 Quail Motorsports Gathering in Monterey, California, the car was then sold to the east coast several years ago where it has since remained.
The car comes complete with all original accessories including a hard top with anvil case, manual booklets, original documentation, literature and F50-specific fitted luggage. It’s just been serviced as well with full service of fluids, battery, tyres, and fuel bladders all being replaced.
Wheels had a first steer of the F50 back in May 1995 at the hands of Peter Robinson, who punted it sideways around Fiorano noting it had a “benign and responsive” character allowing you to “get the F50 so far sideways that the steering was against the stops on opposite lock.”
For your chance to wrangle an F50 in the same manner, check out Autosport Design’s classifieds ad here.
There is no price listed along with the ad, but we suspect that if you have to ask – you probably aren’t the right kind of buyer.
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