The first production Ferrari F50 for auction at Worldwide’s Scottsdale sale

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Displayed at Geneva and Tokyo Motor Shows in 1995, and test driven by Lauda

Worldwide Auctioneers are set to hold their acclaimed Scottsdale Auction on January 15 in Arizona, United States; and have today announced one of the stars of the sale to be the very first production 1995 Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo.

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Bearing serial number #99999 (for the historians out there, it’s also the last ever Ferrari with a five-digit serial number): the definitive production prototype was publically unveiled at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, and was also displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show later that year.

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As the official production prototype, the F50 clocked hundreds of kilometres at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, as well as the roads surrounding Maranello, at the hands of Ferrari’s legendary test driver Dario Benuzzi, and F1 icons such as Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi.

It was the postercar of Ferrari in 1994, literally: appearing in all factory posters and promotional and press photos. This very car may have adorned the bedroom wall for some of you reading.

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Following its duties in pre-production development, #99999 rebuilt by the factory, and was gifted to a friend of the brand Jacques Swaters, who was promised the serial number back in the 80s as a close friend of Enzo Ferrari himself; and as a 40-year Ferrari racer, dealer, distributor and brand ambassador.

In 2007, the first F50 was wold with a mere 814kms travelled to a well-known collector based in America’s West Coast. It subsequently enjoyed three more American collector owners, and now comes to market with full Ferrari Classiche certification, full history and a full suite of original accessories, including: hardtop with anvil case, books, fitted factory luggage, serialised key fob and shop manuals, parts books – and a large history and documentation folder.

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Worldwide Auctioneer and Principal, Rod Egan stated: "This is a thrilling opportunity to own the very first production-spec Ferrari F50… without argument the most significant road-going F50 in existence".

While no pre-auction estimate has been listed publically by Worldwide, with credentials like that, we’re betting it’ll go for some serious coin once the gavel smacks down!

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