This particular car, chassis 106865 was delivered on March 17 1997 to its first owner the famous Italian magnate and prominent Ferrari collector Emilio Gnutti via the Ferrari dealership BMS Rosso Corsa in Brescia.
He only made very little us of it until it was sold to the current owner in 2014, with a remarkably low 8480km on the odometer. The subsequent owner did not do much with it bringing the mileage to 8530km. This fantastic F50 can only be described as being in exceptional condition and its overall condition shows the excellent care taken to its preservation since new. The paintwork is entirely original with exception to the front bumper and its body work is absolutely flawless and immaculate.
It comes with all the original manuals, tools and the very rare Ferrari hard top fly case. It is Ferrari Classiche certified and would satisfied the most demanding collectors. This is a unique opportunity to acquire one of the very best F50s with excellent provenance.
The new line of Ferrari Supercars from the modern area has begun in 1984 when Ferrari unveiled the 288 GTO, soon followed in 1987 by the F40. Both shared the same concept of tubular chassis and longitudinal V8 turbo charged engines. In comparison the F50 is a much more technologically advanced car with a carbon fiber chassis - a premiere for a production Ferrari - and an amazing V12 4,7 liter engine. The suspension benefitting from inboard shocks and pushrods allowed a fantastic handling.
The all new Ferrari Supercar was launched at the 1995 Geneva show and Luca Di Montezemolo announced that only 349 cars would be built, 50 for the Italian market and 299 for the rest of the world. Ferrari indeed learnt from the F40, its sale was not restricted and a total of 1311 would be built, and reserved the desirable F50 to the elite of its customers.
The car was really revolutionary, its engine being the car’s master piece. Indeed for the first time in a road car it is actually part of the chassis and supports the whole rear of the car. Its roots origin the fantastic 640 & 641 F1 from 1989 & 1990 F1 championships, in a longer stroke and wider bored bloc fitted with 5 valves heads. Reving up to 8500 rpm it also had titanium rods and purely sounds as a race car. Very few know that the F50 engine was also used to homologate the 333 SP Barchetta in WSC as the regulation then required that the prototypes would use a road derived unit.
The way a F50 moves and handles on the road is a kind of lost paradise with its super fast manual gearbox, V12 engine melody and unassisted steering. However this is not an old fashioned or brutal car just as a F40 would be. A low speeds it exceeds thanks to the elasticity from the engine, the relative comfort of the suspensions and a beautiful front vision. At higher speeds the supercar surprises by the engine sound level and delivers the sensational feeling of driving without restrictions a race car on the road.
The F50 is from the pinnacle of a golden era where there were no ABS, traction control, F1 gearbox and any other consideration than offering an unforgettable ride to its lucky driver.