Named for the displacement of 5.5 litres, the 550 Maranello was designed by Pininfarina as Ferrari’s long-awaited return to a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-seater configuration. After 30 months of development, the Maranello replaced the famed Testarossa and burst upon the scene at the Nürburgring in July 1996. There it showcased its top speed of 199 mph and acceleration of 0–60 mph in a blistering 4.4 seconds. The V-12 power plant summons 480 hp at 7,000 rpm. The new Ferrari release was a firebrand, but production was restricted to only 3,083 cars between 1996 and 2002. When test-driven by Motor Trend against the Porsche Carrera 4, Dodge Viper, Chevrolet Corvette, and others, the 550 Maranello beat out all competitors with high-ranking marks in all objective and subjective categories.
The model’s name as well as referring to the 5.5-litres total engine displacement in decilitres, is also homage to the town of Maranello, home to the Ferrari headquarters and factory. Pininfarina executed both the exterior and interior design. Frame and main engine components were shared with the 2+2 Ferrari 456, although at 2,500 mm (98.4 in), the 550’s wheelbase was 100 mm (3.9 in) shorter.
The 550 Maranello offered presents beautifully throughout. Finished in tasteful Argento Nurburgring Paintwork over Blu Scuro Leather & Carpets., the car shows little wear, as it has only traveled a little over 55,000 miles. This particular example was delivered new by Maranello Sales Ltd in April 1998 to its original owner and has continually been maintained by Main Ferrari Dealers & Specialists throughout its life. The previous owner has spent the last five years furnishing the car with endless attention to detail without a thought to expense. Work has included upholstery trim work to leather dash, seats & door cards, new steering rack, new OEM wheels, tyres & centre caps, & much much more. Currently the car is fitted with a sports exhaust ‘test pipe’ system, which gives the Maranello a much appreciated increased note.
This attractive 550 Maranello in Argento Nurburgring example represents the opportunity to purchase one of Ferrari’s last front engined manual-transmission berlinettas. The car is beautiful to behold and exhilarating to drive; thus it is fair to say, this 550 Maranello is exceptional in every way and deserves serious consideration by the discerning Ferrari devotee. Overall, a very honest usable classic that truly has not gone without. A 90’s V12 Ferrari which you can be very proud of driving, without being scared to put too many miles on. Is that not the perfect Ferrari?
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