BILL'S BITS & PIECES . . . 
. . . Bill Buys takes a light-hearted look at a sometimes crazy world of motoring and other forms of transport, nationally, internationally, and here in North East Victoria and the Southern Riverina

Time to crack open the piggy bank

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GOT a bit of spare cash to splurge on a Christmas present for yourself?

 

If the piggy bank is holding $A3.2 million, and you are a Ferrari fan, then you may like to bid on a rare 1995 F50 which - wait for it – has just 1005km showing on its odometer.

 

The classic Ferrari is set to fetch - at a minimum - this mind-boggling amount of cash at an RM Sotheby’s auction in Miami on December 10, but predictions are it could fetch as much as $A9.8 million.

 

That is a staggering amount of money in anyone’s language, and it goes to show just how much collectors are willing to pay for a supercar of such standing.

 

The F50 was the supercar of its day, with jaw-dropping design boasting plenty of F1 tech.

This F50 has had only two owners, the first a dealership called Hong Seh Motors in Singapore then, after 18 years of being in storage, it was sold to a Ferrari collector in Texas who took similar care of it and drove it sparingly.

The two-seater F50 is powered by a 382kW, 4.7-litre V12 engine from an F1 car mounted just behind the driver and passenger.

Being of lightweight construction, it can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds and go on to 325km/h.

Many a supercar struggles to match that sort of performance today.

Sotheby’s says that to come across an immaculate two-owner F50 with such low mileage presents a very rare opportunity.

'This car is probably the best-condition example of Maranello’s important 50th-anniversary model that one might ever encounter.'

Now, where did I stash that other piggy bank?