Why do you never hear of the Ferrari F50 anymore?

Why do you never hear of the Ferrari F50 anymore?

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TargaFlorio

Original Poster:

130 posts

216 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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The GTO is classically beautiful to look at, and still quite fun to drive.
The F40 is a terror and pretty much a legend respected by many in the motoring press
The Enzo is...erm...unique? haha it had a lot of competition from the CGT and Zonda and whatnot, but it's still mentioned in supercar circles...

Was there some major fault with the F50 I'm just unaware of? Why isn't it held in the same regard as the other Super-Ferraris?

pastrana72

1,721 posts

208 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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When EVO did there Ferrari road test issue a couple of years ago, the magazine brought together an Enzo, 288 GTO, F40 and the F50. The F50 came out really favoribly and it was very highly rated, It is a fantastic read you need to track this article down.

I know when it did get a bit mixed press, but all that seems to have been reavaluated as the last few things i have read (the last being in Classic Car), it is a stunning car.

I am a very big fan of the car and i like its looks (its not the best looking Ferrari). I am sure there are others that agree, there is just not to many about.

This one was stunning though.


jtremlett

1,375 posts

222 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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I don't think the F50 is as good to look at as a 288 GTO or an F40. And it isn't as dramatic as an Enzo. But the main reason you hear of them less is numbers. There were 45 F40s at Silverstone for the Ferrari Racing Days last summer for example and that would be completely impossible with the F50. Even though there were more F50s made than 288 GTOs there are more of the latter in the UK. To give you some idea the UK Owners' Club has three times as many 288 GTOs belonging to members than F50s and more than 12 times as many F40s. Where all the F50s are, I don't know, but clearly the answer is not out and about very much.

Jonathan

hurstg01

2,911 posts

243 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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pastrana72 said:
When EVO did there Ferrari road test issue a couple of years ago, the magazine brought together an Enzo, 288 GTO, F40 and the F50. The F50 came out really favoribly and it was very highly rated, It is a fantastic read you need to track this article down.

I know when it did get a bit mixed press, but all that seems to have been reavaluated as the last few things i have read (the last being in Classic Car), it is a stunning car.

I am a very big fan of the car and i like its looks (its not the best looking Ferrari). I am sure there are others that agree, there is just not to many about.

This one was stunning though.

The last time I was in that showroom I saw a Mclaren F1! in that very space smile

Troesma

432 posts

214 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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Carrs in Exeter, by the looks of it...

JCB123

2,265 posts

196 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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The F50 is too much like the F40 (design) - the sequel is never as good (i'm still talking aesthetics), so it'll never get the respect and admiration of the F40.

The Enzo came out with a different line of style attack, it isn't seen as a replacement to the F50, more of a new car altogether....(is this making sense?)

Thats what I reckon anywhoot!

pastrana72

1,721 posts

208 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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Troesma said:
Carrs in Exeter, by the looks of it...
Yes.

The F1 was nice, got a fair few pics of that too,

But that F50 was mint, hope it went to a good home.

smile

hurstg01

2,911 posts

243 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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pastrana72 said:
Troesma said:
Carrs in Exeter, by the looks of it...
Yes.

The F1 was nice, got a fair few pics of that too,

But that F50 was mint, hope it went to a good home.

smile
It had a tubi IIRC

rubystone

11,252 posts

259 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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JCB123 said:
The F50 is too much like the F40 (design) - the sequel is never as good (i'm still talking aesthetics), so it'll never get the respect and admiration of the F40.

The Enzo came out with a different line of style attack, it isn't seen as a replacement to the F50, more of a new car altogether....(is this making sense?)

Thats what I reckon anywhoot!
What's the going rate for an F40 nowadays? Is it up to anywhere near list when new?

Same question on the F50?

The F50 was seriously unfancied when launched, despite not having that much in common with the F40 and arguably more in common with Alain Prost's 1990 steed. Yet despite that, it seems to have more than held its own in the investment stakes.

elms

1,926 posts

252 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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rubystone said:
JCB123 said:
The F50 is too much like the F40 (design) - the sequel is never as good (i'm still talking aesthetics), so it'll never get the respect and admiration of the F40.

The Enzo came out with a different line of style attack, it isn't seen as a replacement to the F50, more of a new car altogether....(is this making sense?)

Thats what I reckon anywhoot!
What's the going rate for an F40 nowadays? Is it up to anywhere near list when new?

Same question on the F50?

The F50 was seriously unfancied when launched, despite not having that much in common with the F40 and arguably more in common with Alain Prost's 1990 steed. Yet despite that, it seems to have more than held its own in the investment stakes.
For nice examples of each, from....

F40 - £200k

F50 - £320k

MogulBoy

2,932 posts

223 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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As good as the F50 is, and it is very good by all accounts, it's purely and simply rarity that keeps the prices up to these levels.

Your average Enzo owner needs an F50 to slot in between it and his F40 in the garage otherwise he's risks being seen as a bit of a lightweight!

I remember Steve Cropleys review at the time and he thought it handled like a big Caterham (a compliement). Others reports said that it had too much understeer on factory settings but presumably that is easy to sort out.

Because of its instant collectors piece status, they don't often get used or raved about but I have seen one or two on the road over the years. In fact when they were new, I was living in South Kensington and saw a red and a yellow one parked outside that trendy pizza resautant on the Kings Road (nose to nose)!


RobPhoboS

3,454 posts

226 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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F50 is top of the crop imo.
TargaFlorio, I'll swing by when I've got it and you can have a sniff about smile


Just dont buy this one:
http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/352974.htm

Edited by RobPhoboS on Monday 28th January 16:04

tom617

161 posts

198 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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i think they are great there was one at the northants dunstable hoon last year it sounded great.

link to some of the pics http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...



tom

rickybouy

266 posts

216 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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One for sale at my local garage anyone fany it? works out at about 250k apparently rod stewarts ex car!!!????!!!

http://houseofcarsgroup.com/


Cheers Rick

RobPhoboS

3,454 posts

226 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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£250k is a bloody bargin !

K321

4,112 posts

218 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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here is one in traffic


jas xjr

11,309 posts

239 months

Monday 28th January 2008
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used to be one being used regularly in the potteries,belonged to a lottery winner

jonny5

3,526 posts

274 months

Tuesday 29th January 2008
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Stunning car

deevlash

10,442 posts

237 months

Tuesday 29th January 2008
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didnt they mount the engine directly to th chassis or somesuch. Thus making it identical to a race car but a bit harsh and skippy as a road car and therefor never quite held in as high regard as the f40?

PiB

1,199 posts

270 months

Tuesday 29th January 2008
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The F50 is an interesting car to me because it is ugly and unusual. A bit like the 512M.

I thought the number of F40's produced was much higher than the F50, a few 1000 vs. sub 400 if I'm not mistaken? Not sure how many 288's were made and I'm surprised they are more commonly seen than the F50.

IMHO the F40 and 288 GTO are brilliant sports cars but the F50 is more of a wanna be prototype racer (333 SP) . The F50 is a lot heavier than the F40 redface

I've heard the F50 is a beast to drive cf. the other Ferrari decade cars.

Perhaps the F50 is Ferrari struggling to define itself?