1998 Ferrari 550 MaranelloSOLD
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Ferrari returned to producing front-V12 engined two-seat Berlinetta's, with the 550, a type of car they hadn't manufactured since the demise of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona in 1973. Despite much of Ferrari's now legendary reputation having been built around this kind of format, between 1973 and '96, the firm's series production flagships were mid-engined flat-12 supercars like the Berlinetta Boxer and Testarossa. The mid-engined layout had become fashionable in the late sixties and so engrained was its philosophy that by the mid nineties, many doubted the wisdom of returning to a more traditional configuration.

However, the 550 Maranello proved its doubters wrong and immediately lapped Ferrari's Fiorano test track over three seconds faster than the outgoing F512. Despite never having been conceptualised as a racing car, the 550 proved a fast and reliable basis for endurance events, teams like Prodrive, Scuderia BMS Italia and Rafanelli taking the marque back to the forefront of international competition. A High tensile welded tubular steel is used for the chassis, a frame that featured an extremely rigid central cage and advanced underbody aerodynamics. Wider track at the front than rear improved turn-in while a variable damper control system afforded the driver Normal and Sport suspension settings. Speed sensitive power steering varied the level of assistance accordingly.

Lightweight components were used throughout the construction of an all-new 5.5-litre 65░ V12, cast alloy being used for the cylinder block, four-valve per cylinder heads and sump while there were also forged alloy Mahle pistons and titanium conrods. Displacement was 5474cc giving an enormous 485bhp at 7000rpm, 45bhp up on the outgoing F512 with its five-litre flat-12. This was one of Ferraris most innovative engines in years. All 550 Maranello's used a six-speed manual gearbox and variable back pressure exhausts similar to those previously seen on Ferrari's limited production F50. Weight distribution was split 50/50 front/rear and greatly contributed to the exceptional handling and balance dynamics.

Performance-wise, 0-60 required just 4.3 seconds while a top speed of 199mph was attainable given suitable road conditions. The light alloy bodywork was designed by Pininfarina of Turin who were reputed to have spent almost five thousand hours in the wind tunnel. Their final design featured a number of acknowledgements to the 550's forebears, not least with its 250 GTO-style wing vents carved out from behind each front wheelarch and a Daytona-inspired cut-off tail. Other prominent features were a bonnet-mounted engine scoop that boosted air pressure inside the intake system to gain 20bhp, a solitary vent on the left-hand side rear wing forcing cool air into a brake radiator. The 550 was Ferrari's first all-new model since their 1968 Daytona not to feature retractable headlights, fixed homofocal front clusters enhancing the rakish nose with its wide grille opening.

Pininfarina also designed the unique Speedline 18-inch magnesium alloy wheels while inside, the cabin was trimmed in full Connolly leather and offered total adjustment for all the controls, enabling every driver to find the perfect position. Other nice features in the luxurious cabin were a three-spoke leather steering wheel, a classic open gate gearshift, traditional leather straps for the storage area behind the seats and drilled alloy pedals.

This right hand drive UK example was first registered 23/01/98. The spec is as follows: Silver (Argento Nurburgring) with Blue Scuro hide and Blue seat piping, Dark Blue carpets. Tubi Style exhaust, Black brake calipers, 6 CD-changer.

The car is complete with all books, tools and covers. It has covered 40,000 miles, and is in excellent condition having been recently serviced (as well as being maintained by ourselves for the past three years.).

Reference Number 126

as of 5/21/2006

Car 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello
Exterior / Interior Color      Silver 
Mileage 40,000 miles 
Options Electronics: CD changer
Exterior: Metallic paint
Interior: Leather interior 
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