Gooding & Company has announced that a Ferrari F50, which heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson formerly owned, is heading to auction, with the 1995 example expected to fetch between $4.5 million and $5.5 million (R72 824 850 and R89 008 150, respectively) when going under the hammer. Tyson, who acquired this Ferrari F50 in 1996, was the second of nine persons to have owned this F50. 

Ferrari F50

The Prancing Horse Brand produced this F50 (chassis 104220) on February 13, 1996. It was the 73rd model (of the 349 units globally) built. However, this car (seen here in Rosso Corsa paintwork) is one of only 55 US-spec models. This F50 has “approximately” 9 977 km on the clock. 

In 2022, this model underwent “comprehensive” service work by Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale. It’s offered with a hard-top, tools, books, luggage, a window sticker, a Ferrari Classiche Red Book, a copy of the certificate of origin, and a Marcel Massini report. 

Speaking of the Marcel Massini report, the Ferrari historian documented that this F50 was delivered new through Ferrari North America to Rick Black’s official dealership, Beverly Hills Sports Cars. As recorded in the original warranty book, it was sold new to broker Nadir Amirvand, who sold or leased it quickly after that to Tyson. Amirvand reacquired it from the legendary boxer in 1999, before it went on to a private collector. From 2001 to 2017, it went through five more owners before the current owner acquired it in 2018.

According to the auction house, “Over the past two decades, the F50 has come to be regarded as the most collectable Ferrari supercar, as it is the only model in the evolution from 288 GTO to [the] LaFerrari that features the unique combination of a naturally aspirated V12 engine [the 4.7-litre Tipo motor produced 383 kW], six-speed manual gearbox, Pininfarina-designed bodywork, and an exhilarating open-air driving experience.”