The breakthrough of this evolution becomes visible in 1992 when McLaren unveils the F1, which will be timed in the following year at 370 Km/h with the rev limiter and 386 Km/h when disabling the limiter.
Ferrari went under control of Fiat at the passing of Enzo Ferrari in 1988. The production of the F40, which met a great commercial success in succession of the 288 GTO, ceases in 1992. The new F130 project to focus all the technological advances of the brand on a single model is not ready.
The F40 was named after the 40th year of the Ferrari brand in 1987. The car from the F130 project will be the F50 but the competition is too fierce and Ferrari can not wait for its 50th year. The new model is launched in 1995.
F50 is frustrating. The market has changed. Customers of the supercars desire to own vehicles of high prestige while ignoring fuel waste and speed limits thanks to a reduced mileage use. Ferrari understands that the F50 will not reach the performance of the McLaren and strictly limits its production to 349 units, compared with the 1315 units of the F40. The project of a F50 GT for the race is abandoned without explanation.
This mechanical wonder is however an important link between the F40 and the Enzo and current collectors welcome it. In January 2016 Gooding sold the Shooshani collection. The 1995 F50 fetched $ 2.4M compared with $ 1,53M for the F40 and $ 2,86M for the Enzo. These results include the premium.
Another F50 made in the same year is estimated $ 2.4M for sale by Gooding in Amelia Island on March 11, lot 064.
SOLD for $ 2.3M including premium