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Auction: The Scottsdale Auction
was auctioned on: 18 January 2018
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1995 Ferrari F50 VIN. ZFFTG46A4S0104799 Engine no. 41201

Estimate: US$0
Price realised:  US$1,155,000
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4,698 CC 65º DOHC V-12 Engine Bosch Motronic M2.7 Fuel Injection 513 BHP at 8,500 RPM 6-Speed Manual Transaxle 4-Wheel Independent Suspension 4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes *Ferrari's Formula 1 Derived, Open-Top Supercar *The last of just 55 U.S. Specification F50s *1 of only 2 Nero examples sent to the U.S. *Fully serviced, ready to be driven and enjoyed *Classiche Certified, Offered with Red Book, Hardtop and Books THE FERRARI F50 Built to celebrate Ferrari's 50th anniversary, the F50 was designed without compromise. It was to be the closest thing to a road-going Formula One car that Ferrari had ever built. Its purist approach to the enjoyment of performance driving meant the F50 was devoid of power steering, power-assisted braking and ABS, instead making extensive use of cutting edge sophisticated composite materials, F1-style construction technology and aerodynamics. Being Ferrari's extreme machine of the nineties, the F50 needed to take the mantle from the F40, and re-define the supercar hierarchy. Previously, the F40 had been powered by a twin turbo-charged V8 engine, however, for the F50, Ferrari installed an F1-derived, naturally aspirated V12, fitting it directly to the rear bulkhead of the monocoque cell, just as it was doing with its Formula One cars. As with the F40, the F50 was fitted with air-conditioning as standard with the chosen client selecting from only five choices of exterior colors, yellow, black, silver and two shades of red. The composite shelled seats were trimmed in leather with cloth centers and available in two sizes, 'standard' and 'large'. Perhaps one of the more prominent evolutions for the F50 was the instrument panel moving from traditional dials, to a multicolored illuminated display panel in the binnacle directly in front of the driver, who was always seated on the left of the cockpit. In total Ferrari produced only 349 examples of the F50, compared to the 1,311 examples of F40 manufactured, it was a much more exclusive club to join – especially in the United States where only 55 examples were made available. THE MOTORCAR OFFERED The menacing Ferrari F50 offered here without reserve, received its final assembly at Maranello in December 1995 and was delivered new to the United States as one of the nearly impossible to get 55 U.S. spec Ferrari F50s. The car was sold new through Ferrari of San Francisco with a window sticker price of $487,000.00. The car was sold to Mr. Dean Becker of Chicago, Illinois who took delivery of the supercar on April 7th, 1996. This particular example was number 55 of the 55 F50s delivered new to the United States. The car also boasts being only the second F50 to be sent to the United States in the ultra-desirable black livery. The car received its first service at the Lake Forest Ferrari dealership in Illinois, in December of 1997. Exactly one year after that service was completed, the striking black F50 was sold through Ferrari of Beverly Hills to Mr. Jim Spiro, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. A service was completed in late December prior to delivery with the mileage noted as 3,328. Having owned a 1962 330 TRI/LM, F50 GT1 and a Dino 206S, Jim could certainly be considered and avid Ferrari enthusiast. Early in 1999, Ferrari of Beverley Hills organized for Jim to test his new acquisition at Willow Springs raceway in California. At the same time, Jim was also taking delivery of his Ferrari F50 GT1 and hired professional race car driver Didier Theys to test both cars. Forza, the international Ferrari magazine was invited to attend this pre-delivery test day and reported on the event in their April 1999 edition of its magazine. The car is pictured with two- time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Didier Theys driving it at the event. Jim Spiro commented on the day "I had no idea how fast, and how smoothly, a car could be driven until I sat in the F50 and watched Didier Theys at speed. The torque and smoothness of that 4.9-liter engine is incredible". It was also noted duri

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: The Scottsdale Auction
Date of the auction: 18 Jan 2018
Address: Bonhams London
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