In the 1990s, nearly 85 percent of Ferrari buyers ordered their car in red. This makes an early to mid 1990s Ferrari painted in any color other than the typical Rosso Corsa shade a bit special – like this Nero (black) Ferrari F50 to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Arizona sale, for example.
RM Sotheby’s describes the black flagship as “without a doubt the most special F50,” that it has ever offered for sale. It is one of four F50s painted black from the factory and 1 of the 2 that were shipped to the United States. The other example was crashed three years ago, leaving this to be the only all original black F50 in the U.S.
Further adding to the cars provenance is the presence and condition of its original factory accessories. The original hardtop is still wrapped in its roof box, the factory luggage is unopened, the canvas top has been unused and two sets of keys, a tool kit, car cover and wheel nut tool are also included in the sale. The Formula 1-derived 520 horsepower 4.7-liter V12 engine has covered just 2,090 miles in its lifetime and recently underwent a full service by a Ferrari specialist earlier this month.
RM Sotheby’s predicts this perfectly kept Ferrari flagship to command between $3 and $3.5 million when it goes under the gavel next month and considering a Nero-painted F50 is one of the rarest modern day Ferrari models, we wouldn’t be shocked to see it sell for even more than that. Click here for additional information and photos before it inevitably finds a happy new home for 2017.