Just for a moment, let's forget about the F40.
In the long line of legendary Ferraris, the F40 often comes out on top. As a result, the much rarer F50 isn't spoken about quite as often, but maybe this spectacularly restored example will change your mind. It's number 180 of the 349 F50s that were ever built between 1995 and 1997, with this particular example being a '96. With only two owners in its lifetime and not much more than 20,000 miles on the clock, it's an absolute beauty.
According to Girardo & Co, its recent rebuild - completed at the end of last year - cost just under $275,000. While you can buy a brand new Ferrari F8 Tributo for around the same price, even that car lacks the F50's irresistible simplicity.
Powered by a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine that is mid-mounted, it produced well over 500 horsepower. Thoroughly analog in every aspect, the steering wheel is free of buttons and designed for no other intention than to get you around corners. A six-speed all-synchromesh gearbox is used, and the F50's F1 influence was seen in details like the suspension being bolted directly to the transmission.
There's no power steering or even ABS brakes, but just look at it! Those green-lit dials look like something out of a 90s arcade game, the red/black bucket seats look as though they've never been sat on, and the carbon fiber trim looks perfect. It's no wonder that even Ferrari used this exact F50 as a show car at the 2013 Auto e Moto d'Epoca.
With the red line at 8,600 rpm and a speedometer reading up to 360 km/h (about 223 mph), the F50 was - and is - capable of a huge turn of speed. Back then, its 0-60 mph time of 3.7 was considered phenomenal. It still is, but today you can get behind the wheel of a BMW M760i or a Mercedes-AMG S63 and do the same. Of course, those cars can't match the visceral driving experience of a big-engined Ferrari.
A few years ago, we reported on the first-ever F50 selling for just under $3 million, and we can only wonder what this exceptionally restored F50 could fetch - according to the listing, the price is only available on request. If it were ours, though, we'd hold onto it for as long as possible.