One of the most desirable F50s in existence, the gorgeous Ferrari Nero F50 will be up for auction at RM Sotheby‘s Arizona sale on January 20. The chassis number 104092 is one of four models finished in Nero and it is estimated to fetch between $3,000,000-$3,500,000. Until recently the car was also one of just two U.S.-production examples in Nero Daytona, however, following the unfortunate crash of one of them, the RM Sotheby’s-offered luxury auto is the only pristine and unmolested black, U.S.-specification F50.
The world has witnessed the F50 in all its glory at the 63rd annual Geneva Motor Show in 1995. Luca di Montezemolo, Piero Lardi Ferrari, Sergio Pininfarina, and Niki Lauda have dedicated four years to develop the auto that could offer customers an experience as close to a Formula 1 car as possible.
Consequently, the layout was reminiscent of the one used in Ferrari’s contemporary Formula 1 cars. To maximize weight reduction, the body tub and shell where made of carbon fiber while the chassis were crafted entirely of Cytec aerospace carbon fiber, electrically operated windows were substituted by wind-up windows and the throttle, brake, and clutch pedals were drilled.
Ferrari Nero F50 was powered by a 4.7-liter that was capable of producing 520 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and propel the car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds. The F50 could accelerate onwards toward a top speed of 202 mph. The car was granted a contrasting black and red leather and Alcantara interior. It preserves an array of its original accessories like hardtop still wrapped in its roof box, three pieces of unopened factory luggage, its original and unused canvas top, two sets of keys, tool kit, car cover, and wheel nut tool. This month, the car received a service by a Ferrari specialist, which included changing all the fluids and replacing the car’s fuel bladder.