Second only to cold-starting a 12-cylinder Ferrari is sinking into the driver's seat and taking a long, deep inhale, preferably before any unburned gas enters the cabin. It's the leather. Rich, aromatic, and impossibly supple, Italian leather is as intoxicating as the country's fashion, design, art, and food. Of course, it's expensive as hell.
Our latest auction pick on Bring a Trailer (which like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos) is this original factory luggage set for a Ferrari F50. For only thousands of dollars, you could own a few pieces from one of the rarest Ferrari supercars—and, we imagine, not do anything so brash as to use them for travel.
A couple dozen Ferrari luggage sets have already sold for thousands on Bring a Trailer, and it's not just the Ferrari name behind the money. The bags come from Ferrari's Modenese neighbor Schedoni, a 142-year-old leather maker that began making shoes and now exclusively crafts luggage to hug every last curve of a supercar’s tight trunk. Schedoni, interviewed in 2021 by StirWorld, said he started working with Ferrari in 1977 and has since made luggage sets for every Ferrari since the 308GTB. Even Ferrari Formula 1 drivers get Schedoni suede on their backsides. Lamborghini, Pagani, and Bugatti run with Schedoni luggage, as do the British—Aston Martin, Bentley, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce.
This three-piece F50 set includes a suitcase, garment bag, and duffel to match the same black leather and fiery red ribbed suede as the car's seats. Everything, from the black nylon liner with prancing horses to the buckles, has the exacting detail and quality that cannot be copied by machines or knockoffs. President Simone Schedoni still uses his great-grandfather’s sewing machine to finish the last stitches.
The F50 bags look remarkably unworn and come with yellow storage bags (yes, a fine bag needs its own bag) plus the original luggage tags, straps, and locking keys. After handling these bags, you may not miss the actual car.
Who are we kidding? But still, these are worth bidding on. With two days to go before the auction is set to end on Saturday, June 4, the top bid is at $9000.