Pro tip: If you're buying a Ferrari as an investment get it painted in something other than red.
The Ferrari F50 is not as celebrated as the F40 which came before it or the Enzo which it preceded. The middle child in the automaker’s run of hardcore supercars still commands a ton of cash, though. Part of that is due to its rarity. Only 349 examples were built, and most of those were finished in Rosso Corsa, Ferrari red. A handful, four to be exact, were painted Nero (black). RM Sotheby’s is auctioning off one of two Nero F50s sold in the US, with the supercar expected to fetch between $3,000,000 to $3,500,000 when it hits the block next month in Arizona.
It is a '95 and has under 2,090 miles on the clock. According to RM Sotheby’s the only other F50 made for the US and finished in Nero was crashed around three years ago. In addition to being the lone surviving US-spec Nero F50 this supercar also comes complete with all the bells and whistles it originally sold with. Said bells and whistles include the original hardtop in its original box, a luggage set, canvas top, car cover, tool kit (hah!), two sets of keys and a wheel nut tool. This stuff may seem superfluous but it will go a long way in making the F50’s next owner feel like its first owner. Also, how many people get to hit the airport toting a Ferrari F50 luggage set? That airport run will be a bit Spartan but high on the thrills thanks to the supercar’s F1-inspired performance.
Ferrari pulled the F50’s engine out of the 641, the car it campaigned in the 1990 Formula One season. The displacement on the naturally aspirated V12 was upped from 3.5-liters in the F1 car to 4.7-liters in the road-going supercar and produced 513 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission sang its song at up to 10,000 rpm and the F50 could hit a top speed of 202 mph. Whoever ends up buying this F50 will have to live without a radio and survive the indignity that is rolling up the windows by hand. If we had a spare $3.5 million lying around we’d gladly swallow such a bitter pill.