Extremely Rare Ferrari Heads To Auction Block — One Of Just Four Ever Made

An ultra-rare Ferrari F50 is set to go up for auction in a few weeks time. The reason for the rarity – the colour.

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A Ferrari F50 is the crazy hypercar that the Maranello based outfit came up with as a road going version of their Formula One car which could be driven by its crazies customers.

Only 399 F50s ever made it out of the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. 345 of the 349 F50s were painted in the traditional Ferrari 'Rosso Corsa' Red.

The other four were painted in a colour Ferrari calls 'Nero Daytono' or as we mere mortals know it 'Black'.

One of those four ultra-rare black Ferrari F50 supercars, which is one of just two that made it into the United States is set to go up for auction on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the RM Sotheby's auction in Arizona.

Powering the midnight black F50 is a 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V-12 engine with five valves per cylinder and twin overhead camshafts per bank, derived directly from the engine used in the 1990 Formula 1 season by the Ferrari 641.

The sonorous V12 kicks out 513bhp @ 8,000rpm and 470 Nm of torque @ 6,500rpm and could rev all the way to eardrum shattering 10,000rpm if you let it hit the limiter. The engine sends the power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Ferrari claims that the F50 could go from 0-60mi/h (96.5km/h) in just 3.6 seconds and would top out at 325km/h provided the driver was brave enough to keep the pedal to the metal.

Out of the two black Ferrari F50s that made it to the United States, the F50 on the auction block is the only surviving example as the other was unfortunately crashed about three years ago.

The last of the US-spec Ferrari F50s is expected to fetch between $3,000,000 - $3,500,000 (Rs 20.32 - 23.70 crore) when the hammer finally falls for the third and final time in Arizona, four weeks from now.

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Story first published: Monday, December 26, 2016, 18:42 [IST]
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