Mike Tyson’s former 1995 Ferrari F50 car to be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s

Article by Christian A., on February 24, 2017

Are you a big fan of legendary boxer Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight world champion? Or are you a big fan of the iconic Ferrari F50? Either way, you will be glad to learn that a Ferrari F50 used to be owned by Tyson is being placed on the auction block next month.

When it was first released in 1995, the Ferrari F50 instantly gained fame and adoration due to the fact that it was based on the Formula One car – the Ferrari 641. And this had managed to log a second place finish for Ferrari both in the Drivers’ and Constructor championships in 1990. Essentially, it was likened to an F1 car that could be driven legally on the road.

As designed by Pininfarina, the Ferrari F50 was powered by a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine that was directly derived from the powerplant lying underneath the bonnet of the Ferrari 641 F1 car. This 198-kg high-revving (up to 10,000 rpm) V12 engine is able to provide 520 PS (382 kW or 513 hp) of max output at 8,000 rpm and 347 lb.-ft. (470 Nm) of peak torque available at 6,500 rpm.

This amount of power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed longitudinal gearbox with a limited-slip differential. Vehicle dynamics allow the Ferrari F50 to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 3.6 seconds and reach a claimed top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). Braking power is provided by massive drilled and ventilated disc brakes as complemented by Brembo four-piston brake calipers.

The limited-edition and special status of the Ferrari F50 is thanks to the fact Ferrari only built 349 examples, of which only 50 examples were allocated and delivered to the United States. This particular Ferrari F50 that will soon be auctioned is the 73rd of these examples.

To be specific, Tyson was the original owner of this 73rd Ferrari F50. It was sold to the champion boxer along with a new Ferrari 456. Tyson went on to hold onto this Ferrari F50 for several years and drove it for around 4,900 miles. Tyson then sold the Ferrari F50 to Kevin Markus, who then resold it in 2005 to a new owner, a Ferrari dealership owner. The current owner of the Ferrari F50 had managed to secure a full Classiche certification from the Ferrari factory, thereby attesting to the car’s originality.

This 73rd Ferrari F50 will be one of the offers at the upcoming Amelia Island auction of RM Sotheby’s. Bidding for the car will be held on March 11, 2017, with RM Sotheby’s expecting the 73rd Ferrari F50 to fetch a price of between $2.2 million and $2.4 million.

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