We're diving headfirst into this one. The Ferrari F50, this specific example is a car that's been touched by the rock 'n' roll stardom of none other than Rod Stewart himself.

Under the hood of this remarkable machine resides a race-derived 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, a masterpiece that spits out a whopping 513 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. It's a powerplant that begs to be pushed to its limits, channeled through a six-speed manual transmission that's as engaging as it is precise. Uniquely, the suspension is actually bolted onto the engine. Peak race car.

This example is from 1997, and was imported to the UK by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd being officially registered in June 1997. Its journey then took it from London to the shimmering city of Dubai in 2002, only to find its way back to the UK by 2007. In the years that followed, it passed through the hands of six previous keepers before landing in the possession of the current seller.

Now, here's the jaw-dropper: the odometer reads a mere 10,998 miles from new. That's right, it has barely broken a sweat. It's fresh from an annual service and a clutch replacement in August 2023 (which as you can imagine, are not cheap), ensuring that it's primed and ready for the open road.

But let's talk about what makes the F50 truly special. Its engineering is a work of art, with the engine and gearbox serving as integral structural components, a design philosophy borrowed from the world of Formula 1. The push-rod suspension boasts Bilstein shock absorbers with adaptive damping, and the Brembo cross-drilled brake discs at both ends offer the stopping power needed to tame this beast.

In 2014, Ferrari Classiche certification confirmed the original specification of Rosso Corsa over Pelle Nera with Rosso inserts, along with the original matching-numbers engine and gearbox. Yes, this F50 is a true-blooded Ferrari, through and through.

There's a fascinating story in its paintwork. It was once painted in a dark shade of grey, and the seats received a custom retrim. However, the car was later brought back to its original factory glory by the renowned Zanasi Group, earning it the coveted Classiche certification.

The F50's interior is a lesson in simplicity, with carbon-fiber trim, manual winding windows, and a minimalist approach to controls. It's all about the driving experience, and boy, does this car deliver. The dials were SO FAR ahead of its time.

But the story doesn't end there. The sale includes the prized Ferrari Classiche 'red folder,' an impressive history file that reads like a novel, rare F50 lithograph prints, the F50 hard top and flight case, a boot bag and suit carrier, exceptionally rare F50 driver shoes, and two keys. One of just 349 of these ever produced.

Country of sale: UK

Price: 2.95million £

Seller: Collecting Cars

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