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As TMZ put it, Jermaine Jackson may have put the cart before the Ferrari … er … horse, that is.

In other words, he went out and purchased the ultra-expensive carriage while the jury was deciding whether to give his family as much as $40 billion.

Jermaine went to Calabasas Luxury Motorcars Monday to pick up the 2009 Ferrari California, which was listed at $169,995.  Sources connected to Jermaine tell us he was able to wheel-and-deal the dealer down to the low 160s.

Jermaine didn’t have to plunk down the entire amount.  He traded in his Rolls Royce and got around $90k.  We’re told he paid the balance — just over $70k.

As has been reported … if Katherine would have won her lawsuit against AEG, Jermaine and her other children would likely have been the beneficiaries of the judgment once she died.

(Photo: AP)