1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello 6-SpeedSOLD

Magnificent. Fresh Major Service. An Investment Grade Example.

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1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello
VIN ZFFZR49AXW0111830
NART Blu/ Tan Leather

Introduced as the flagship of the Ferrari line in 1996, the Maranello replaced a long line of mid-engined cars that began with the Berlinetta Boxer and was continued by the Testarossa. Meant to recapture the glory days of Ferrari`s legendary front-engined sports cars (most notably the 275GTB and 365GTB/4 Daytona), the Maranello is an indisputably beautiful car. The Pininfarina styling is masculine and muscular without being overstated or macho and the proportions are spot-on. Motivated by a 485hp iteration of Ferrari`s V-12 that transmits power through a 6-speed manual transaxle, the car is both fast and balanced.

First sold by Ferrari of San Francisco, this car originally belonged to the inventor of the micropipette (as used in DNA analysis and polymerase chain reactions), who kept it for about nine years. Its original options include dark blue leather upper dashboard and steering wheel, red brake calipers, and fire extinguisher complete with leather-trimmed holder and straps. This two-owner 7000-mile car has been fanatically maintained and has seen a comprehensive $9,100 `do everything` service with Miller Motorcars just a few months and 500 miles ago. In addition to performing a full belt service and installing new tires over updated factory wheels, Miller Motorcars also noted that this car is one of the finest examples they have seen, a claim with which we agree. This work they performed included the replacement of the fuel and oil filters, changes of all fluids, timing adjustment and new timing belt, resealing of the cam covers and intake manifold, and the replacement of all four wheels as part of the factory recall program. Thus, the car is mechanically sorted and has no needs whatsoever.

In addition to being mechanically excellent, this car is also cosmetically beautiful. The NART blue paintwork is stunning and almost completely free of wear, with just a few small marks on the front end and in the splash areas from road use. The remainder of the paint is extremely lustrous and undamaged, while the glass, lights, and other trim are excellent as well. The new wheels are in unmarked condition as well.

The interior is also in wonderful condition, with almost no signs to indicate that this car is anything but brand new. Extremely close scrutiny reveals virtually no wear on the driver`s seat bolster, while the remaining leather (which covers just about every surface, including the console, dashboard, pillars, door panels, visors, and headliner) is free from signs of aging or wear. The carpets are excellent as well, as is all trim. Even the easily chipped door releases are unmarked.

The trunk and engine compartment are both in as-new condition and are extremely clean. Inside of the trunk is the original factory 6-CD changer, original compressor, tool set, and manual pack in leather holder. The car also comes with its original books and tools, as well as the original documentation from its sale, including the window sticker and even the original Ferrari polish cloth. The underside is reflective of the mileage and is mostly covered, in the interest of aerodynamics.

This is an extraordinarily appealing example of this attractive model. Its low mileage, fully serviced status, irreproachable cosmetic condition, and gorgeous color combination make this car very appealing. It is a no-stories, no-excuses car that is ready to be enjoyed and admired. Moreover, with over $100,000 in depreciation already out of the way, its future owner can be sure that the car is a both a rationally and emotionally attractive proposition.

Reference Number 44516

as of 5/30/2009

Overview
Car 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello 6-Speed
VIN ZFFZR49AXW0111830 
Exterior / Interior Color NART Blue / Tan Leather 
Mileage 7,034 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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