Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo
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The Ferrari F50 is a special car no matter how you look at it, but this particular example, with a serial number ending in #99999, is the first prototype car, which was utilized during pre-production development of the final F50 design and assembly-line procedures. It has been test driven by Dario Benuzzi, former F1 champion Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.



It’s powered by a 4.7L DOHC, 48-valve V-12 engine generating 520 hp at 8,500 RPM and 347 foot-pounds of peak torque at 6,500 RPM, mated to a six-speed longitudinal gearbox, complete with limited-slip differential, which was fitted behind the engine, enabling the supercar to accelerate from 0-62 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds.

Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo
Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo
Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo
Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo
Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo

After miles of road and track testing by the factory, in late 1997, F50 #99999 was rebuilt by the factory in preparation for its presentation to its first registered owner. On January 30, 1998, F50 #99999 was presented to Jacques Swaters and transported to Garage Francorchamps in Belgium where it joined the Swaters collection. Interestingly, the car’s unique VIN had been promised to Swaters – a close friend of Enzo Ferrari himself, back in the 1980s,” said World Wide Auctioneers.