|Cars - Ferrari|
|Odometer reading||43,170 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 3rd March 2011 Car - 03/03/2011 / 1997 Ferrari 550 Maranello / Lot 333a
The 550 Maranello has earned its place in history as one of the finest cars ever produced by Ferrari, the combination of the powerful twelve cylinder engine mounted at the front and its stylish Pininfarina designed body made it an instant classic. The 550's layout and design harked back to the legendary Daytona produced from 1969-1973 but with thoroughly modern lines and a 5.5 litre V12, it was king of the road just as the Daytona was in its day. The engine provided incredible performance with 485bhp produced at 7000rpm, resulting in a 0-60 mph sprint in 4.2 seconds and on to a terminal velocity of 199mph! The gearbox was only offered as a six speed manual transaxle unit allowing for excellent weight distribution and handling. The 550 is an eminently capable GT car, allowing two passengers to cover long distances in maximum comfort at considerable speeds and even today the Maranello stands out as one of the most attractive designs from Pininfarina, in many people's minds they are the last pure Ferrari. This righthand drive example was sold to its first owner on 1st August 1997 by Westover Sports Cars Ltd of Dorset. Finished in the attractive colour combination of Grigio Titanio coachwork and Bordeaux leather hide with Daytona inserts. Comprehensively maintained by Westover and then Graypaul with supporting service history and cambelt changes, this example has the desirable adjustable suspension option. The owners wallet is complete with all handbooks and the original service booklet and this car was fully serviced in December 2010 and is ready for immediate use. The vendor states this car drives extremely well and a close inspection reveals a very well maintained and well presented example of this iconic model. The 550 Maranello is a favourite in the Historics office and is unquestionably a sound future investment not to mention an exceptionally rewarding and capable GT car. Indeed one would be hard pushed to find a nicer example and this car really offers superb value for money today when you consider the price in 1997 that was circa £180,000!