1995 Ferrari F50

Ferrari Maserati of Silicon Valley owner Giacomo Mattioli describes a 1995 Ferrari F50 at Ferrari’s 60th-anniversary celebration at his Silicon Valley dealership in Redwood City, CA. Watch till the end and hear the sound of the engine as they ready it for the party.

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The F50 was introduced in 1995 to celebrate the company’s upcoming 50th anniversary. It is a two door, two seat convertible sports car with a removable hardtop. It has a 4.7 L naturally-aspirated 60-valve V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5L V12 used in the 1992 Ferrari F92 Formula One car.

The chassis is made out of a central carbon fiber tub and uses high-tech F1-derived materials that allow the car to weigh in at under 3,000 pounds allowing for a 0-60 sprint of 3.7 seconds and a top speed more than 200mph. It cost $569,690 new and was only authorized to be leased at the beginning through Ferrari to temper excessive speculation in the model.

Only 349 cars were made, one less than Ferrari estimated they could sell. This was, in the words of Ferrari spokesman Antonio Ghini, because “Ferraris are something cultural, a monument. They must be hard to find, so we will produce one less car than the market.” The last F50 was produced in Maranello, Italy in July 1997.

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