The F40 production line came ceased in 1992 and Ferrari self-imposed an exodus from the supercar scene for three years until the F50 arrived, returning the prancing horse to the pinnacle of ultra-high performance motoring. Launched during March, 1995, at the Geneva Salon, the F50 was only ever built as a limited edition model, with just 349 being manufactured by the time production ceased in 1997, all of which were left-hand drive when they left the factory.
Whereas its predecessors had ultimately been derived from Group B sportscar rules, the F50 was created without a set of regulations to influence its final form. Contemporary F1 concepts and technology heavily influenced the design process, and at its heart was a normally aspirated V12 engine derived from 1991's beautiful 642 F1 car. Something else that further differentiated the F50 from the 288 and F40 was its dual configuration, the bodywork featured a removable roof panel that meant owners could convert their car from a Berlinetta to Roadster in moments. Never before had a 200mph Spyder been openly available direct from a manufacturer, the F50 setting a trend that has since continued with the likes of Pagani's Zonda, the Porsche Carrera GT and Lamborghini's recent V12 models.
The F50 was officially only available in five colours, Rosso Corsa, Rosso Barchetta, Giallo Fly, Nero and Argento. However, some cars were finished in special order shades and although there were no options as such, customers could decide whether or not they wanted black-finish or body coloured headlight surrounds. The cockpit was equipped with heavily bolstered composite seats trimmed in Connolly leather, body-colour coded centres having been a no-cost upgrade. Fully adjustable pedals and seats allowed practically everyone to tailor a perfect driving position, F1 thinking having been clearly evident from the combined digital/analogue instrument binnacle and acres of bare carbon fibre.
This exceptional example was delivered to its first private owner, Mr Fuste Ramon, on the 8th of August 1996 via the official Ferrari dealer of Paris Ch. Pozzi. S.A. It was supplied in Rosso Corsa over a Nero leather interior with Rosso Flannel seat centres. Over his 14 year ownership Mr Ramon covered just 3,800 km, during which time he had the car maintained via main dealer Ferrari Auto Diesel in Andorra (where he kept the car).
In February 2010, it was sold to only its second and most recent owner located in Barcelona and at the time of sale received a most comprehensive service including a new clutch assembly. This fastidious owner would keep this extraordinary example amongst his private collection until present and remarkably it has covered just 40 km during his ownership. Despite the limited mileage covered it routinely serviced by Ferrari Barcelona.
DK completed a comprehensive major service including a replacement fuel tank in January 2018 and Ferrari Classiche Certification is in progress. The factory roof box is presented alongside the car with both the original tonneau cover and roll over bars. Presented with its complete bookpack, spare key, tools, tyre pump, cover and original 2 piece luggage set with dust covers. The condition of the car is superb having always lived in dry climates and having been used so sparingly; crucially it has much visible "weave" all over the bodywork and the engine bay shows no sign of major corrosion.
This 3,880 Kms F50 represents an opportunity to acquire one of the finest examples in existence of this limited production supercar.