It’s great to be first. First to cop the freshest Yeezy, first in line for the Popeye’s chicken sandwich, first to get the newest iPhone, and as a step up, having a Ferrari prototype. The Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo is one of the most significant F50s built for the road. It is the first production-spec F50 ever, and prices for these have been climbing due to it being such an important part of Ferrari history. Test-driven by several famous F1 greats, including Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger, and Jean Alesi, every little detail and nuance of the car was tested to make sure it was exactly right.
From the track to the street
The F50 is an exploration of all of Ferrari’s long and successful history on the race track in a street-legal car. The follow-up to the legendary F40 debuted in 1995 at the Tokyo Motor Show as well as the Geneva Auto Salon. The car was introduced in celebration of a half-century of racing, winning, and hard work, according to then-Ferrari head Luca di Montezemolo. Only 349 were made and the one for auction is the pre-production prototype with its serial number ending in #99999. Talk about an exclusive collector’s item!
The F50 is powered by a monstrous 4.2L V12 engine capable of making over 500hp. There’s 4-wheel independent suspension and 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. The chassis is made entirely of lightweight Cytec aerospace carbon fiber, weighing only 225 lbs. The car hits 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph.
An iconic addition to any collection
This car is complete with original accessories that are iconic to Ferrari, including the hardtop with an “anvil” case. The F50 is also fully documented and featured in the Red Book. Books and manuals, fitted factory luggage, a serial-numbered key fob and shop manuals, parts books with microfiche, and a large file containing additional literature.
It’s the last Ferrari produced with a five-digit serial number. It had a rich history in the limelight before going to its first registered owner, including appearances at automobile shows. This F50 was featured at the Ferrari Galleria display and also underwent miles of road and track testing. In late 1997, the F50 was rebuilt by the factory and presented to Jacques Swaters.
The car joined the Swaters collection in Garage Francorchamps in Belgium and remained in the collection until 2006. In Spring 2007, at only 502 miles, the F50 was sold to Ferrari collector David Walters of Burbank, California. There were two more exchanges until its current owner from Long Island, New York purchased it in 2017. In 2018, this F50 received service from a Ferrari dealer. Updates include fluids, battery, tires, fuel bladders and a stainless-steel Tubi muffler, with the original factory muffler included.