Mike Tyson's Ferrari F50 Will Command Big Money At Auction

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Expect to pay at least $4.5 million.

The Ferrari F50 didn't get the recognition it deserved when it was new. It was the red-headed stepchild of Ferrari's hypercar series for nearly two decades before it finally started receiving the recognition it so richly deserves.

It wasn't as visceral as the F40, but few things are. Nor was it as technologically advanced as the Enzo. Perhaps people didn't like that it was the first hypercar Enzo himself did not sign off on.

These days the F50 is far more valuable than the F40. Only 349 F50s were built, and only 55 were US-spec models. The example you see here will be auctioned at Pebble Beach next week, and it's expected to go for between $4.5 to $5.5 million.

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Oh, and this example used to be owned by Mike Tyson, which is the least interesting thing about it.

We're far more interested in the F1-derived 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine. It's based on the 3.5-liter V12 used in the Ferrari 641 as used by Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell. The 641 won six out of the 16 races that year. Ferrari produced the last F50 in 1997, and we had to wait another 25 years for a car equipped with an F1 engine. Take a bow, Mercedes-AMG One. In 2017, Ferrari stated that it would never put an F1 engine in a road-legal car again. The SP3 Daytona is the current V12 king in Ferrari's stable.

Another exciting thing about the engine is that it was a load-bearing component. The rear suspension was bolted to the engine, which, in turn, was bolted directly to the carbon fiber tub, which weighed just 225 pounds.

The engine produced 513 horsepower at 8,500 rpm. We can only imagine what it must feel like to have this beast of an engine bolted to the rear of the driver's seat.

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Mike Tyson was the second of nine owners. The guy Tyson bought it from loved it so much that he repurchased it from Tyson three years later. Even though it went through nearly ten owners, it still only has 6,200 miles on the clock.

Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale performed a comprehensive service earlier this year, and the car will be sold as Ferrari Classiche Certified. The service included a new clutch, tires, and attention to the front suspension lift and air-conditioning systems, among other items.

Other items included in the sale are the tools, books, luggage, Ferrari Classiche Red Book, Copy of Certificate of Origin, Marcel Massini Report, and the famous removable hardtop.

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