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*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1995.
First Owner, Japan (acquired new via Cornes & Company in 1997)Ronald K. Anderson, Germantown, Tennessee (acquired by 2002)Robert Harris, Logan, Utah (acquired via Steve Harris Imports by 2005)Kevin Bott, Salt Lake City, Utah (acquired by 2008)Timothy Brown, Las Vegas, Nevada (acquired by 2014)Current Owner (acquired via Ferrari of Washington)
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing Ferrari after production of the highly successful F40 came to a close in 1992 was how to surpass the outgoing supercar with the upcoming 50th anniversary model. As this eye-catching example attests, the resulting F50 that debuted in late 1995 managed to accomplish this task in every respect.
While the F40 had been an evolution of the competition-intended 288 GTO, the F50 was conceived as a road car from the get-go, even though it utilized considerable technology from the manufacturer’s F1 program. The new model was built around a lightweight carbon fiber tub mounted with a Pininfarina-designed clamshell body of carbon fiber, Kevlar, and Nomex honeycomb that featured a considerably curvier design than its predecessor. Dry sump lubrication, an ultra-close-ratio gearbox, an electronic instrument display, and the omission of power steering and ABS rounded out the model’s racing-inspired approach.
The F50’s mid-mounted engine was as different from its predecessor as the remainder of the car, with an F1-derived, naturally aspirated V-12 replacing the twin-turbo V-8 that had powered the F40. The engine featured five valves per cylinder, and was not only based on the Ferrari 641 Formula 1 car of 1990, but was considerably developed in the 333 SP that won the FIA Sportscar Championship from 1998 to 2001. The resulting 4.7-liter engine could produce 513 hp and 347 lbs./ft. of torque, which propelled the F50 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, and a breathtaking top speed of 202 mph. With only 350 examples initially planned for production, and a two-year lease program intended to scare away speculators, the F50 was extremely rare and difficult to access.
This low-mileage example was the 254th built and was originally delivered to longtime official Japanese importer Cornes & Company. In January 1998, the F50 was imported to the US via Long Beach, California, and federalized to US-compliant standards that year by G&K Automotive Conversion Inc. of Santa Ana, California. By 2002, it had been purchased by Ronald K. Anderson of Germantown, Tennessee. The Ferrari was advertised for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter the next year by Rick Black of Black on Black Motorcars in Beverly Hills, California, and described as “red with red interior, EPA/DOT release, with 1,200 miles, never tracked, perfect condition.” By 2005, the F50 was sold by official Ferrari dealer Steve Harris Imports in Salt Lake City, to Robert Harris of Logan, Utah.
After trading among several other US-based collectors, the F50 was purchased in 2015 by the consignor, a collector of limited-production modern Ferraris. Shortly after his purchase, Ferrari of Washington performed an annual service and inspection. This included new spark plugs, accessory belts, fresh fluids and filters, and the lubrication of the cars hinges and seals. After this service, the car’s instrument cluster was repaired, an important fix that addresses a common problem with F50s.
The F50 also has been authenticated by Ferrari Classiche with the desirable Red Book certification, documenting that the car retains its original matching numbers mechanical equipment, including the original F130 B V-12 engine. The Ferrari currently presents beautifully, and it is accompanied by numerous original accessories, including its roll hoops, tool kit, bulb and fuse kit, and wheel socket with case. Displaying just under 3,000 miles at the time of cataloguing, this minimally driven F50 also includes the desirable removable hardtop, complete with its factory-correct “circus box” storage case. The car is further documented with a copy of its homologation record from Ferrari and a CARFAX Vehicle History Report.
As one of approximately 350 examples built, the F50 is exceedingly rare, and future owners can look forward to a warm welcome at FCA events and supercar gatherings. It would ably crown any collection and is particularly suited for aficionados of modern performance or Ferrari supercars. Bolstered by its Ferrari Classiche certification, this F50 is a true collectible of no small import that attests to the dynamic combination of racing technology and gorgeous design that reached dizzying heights at Maranello during the 1990s.