Lot 253 - 2001 Ferrari 550 World Speed Record Edition
|Odometer reading||40,707 km|
|Estimate||£140,000 - £160,000|
|Result||Sold - £179,200|
The Ferrari 550 Maranello is a two-seat grand tourer manufactured from 1996 through to 2001 and is powered by a front-engined V12. It shared its platform and 5,474cc engine with the 456 but was positioned as the company's high-end model. The car used a transaxle layout with the six-speed manual gearbox located at the back, in-line with the driven wheels. It featured a luxurious and spacious interior and, unusually for a Ferrari, the boot could accommodate a set of golf clubs. The 550 has a tubular steel frame chassis with light, aluminium bodywork. The Ferrari 550 has enjoyed a great amount of success on the racing circuits, often in collaboration with Prodrive. Ferrari sent a slightly 'souped-up' version to an oval test track in Columbus, Ohio and set three new world records as follows:
- Covering 100 miles at an average speed of 190.2mph.
- Driving for one hour at an average speed of 184mph.
- Covering 100 kilometres at 188.9mph.
To celebrate these records, Ferrari built 33 road cars to the exact specification of the record setting car. The differences over the standard car are the Fiorano handling pack, leather trimmed roll cage, suede covered steering wheel and carbon bucket seats with Daytona stitching and race harnesses. Other changes included the Scuderia wing shields, sports exhaust, brake calipers in Rosso, Bordeaux carpets and a WSR plaque.
This is thought to be the penultimate World Speed Record 550 manufactured by Ferrari and is the only one finished in Rosso with beige trim; the majority being painted in Grigio Titanio with Bordeaux interior. Recently imported from Italy, this superb Ferrari can only be described as being in unmarked condition. The previous owner had the car serviced on 16th January 2015 at a cost of 3,677euros, which included replacing the all important cambelts. All of the previous service receipts totalling over 25,000euros are also in the service history file. Our inspection of this Ferrari confirmed this to be a stunning and clearly much loved example in every aspect; the familiar red coachwork appears original and in excellent order. The interior also appears completely original and unblemished. This 550 is unregistered in the UK although the all important NOVA document is present and it passed an MoT on 30th January 2015 with no advisories. Due to the rarity of the Ferrari 550 World Speed Record Edition, this left-hand drive, low mileage example is most definitely an investment opportunity and one for the serious Ferrari collectors.
Photographs courtesy of David Jewiss-www.drjmedia.co.uk
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