Welcome to Sunday Matinee where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.
Conventional wisdom is that the Ferrari F50 is nowhere near as great or as loved as its predecessor, the F40. That's kind of a shame, if you ask me. The F50 isn't as good looking as the F40, and it does without that car's two turbochargers, but it's extremely special in its own right. Keep in mind that since only about 350 F50s were ever made, it's even more rare than the F40.
It was also fast as hell and a lot of fun to drive. I don't know that from personal experience, unfortunately, but Jeremy Clarkson's account in this 1995 episode of Top Gear is good enough for me.
And there's a surprising twist at the end -- Clarkson feels confident enough in the F50's abilities to pit it against a Formula One car in a drag race. Guess what? The F50 gets its ass kicked. But that's not the surprise. The surprise is that it was fairly close with the F1 car up to about 160 mph. Not bad. Maybe the F50 deserves more respect than it gets.
By Patrick George