Lot 304 - 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello
|Odometer reading||28,000 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £56,000|
|Result||Sold - £73,920|
The Ferrari 550 Maranello is a two-seat grand tourer manufactured from 1996 and is powered by a front-engined V12. It shared its platform and 5474cc engine with the 456 but was positioned as the company's high-end model. 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. Power steering is variable assist and, to be expected of a car with this performance, disc brakes are fitted all round. Acceleration is an impressive 4.2 seconds 0 to 60mph and top speed a reported 199mph. In total, 3083 Ferrari 550's were produced.
This Ferrari was originally registered on 4th September 1998 and has covered a mere 28,000 miles during its 17 years on the road. The low mileage is substantiated by a service history and the car has recently been serviced by Maranello at Egham; we are advised the cambelts have also very recently been changed. The silver coachwork is in very good order as is the contrasting red leather interior and we are pleased to advise this 550 Maranello drives with no known faults. The gearbox and clutch are both smooth in operation as are the brakes - the 5474cc engine is quiet and very responsive. The car comes supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 10th September 2016; however interested parties should note the vendor has advised us that prior to his purchase, the car was subject to a category D insurance claim. Our own investigation confirmed the insurance claim took place in 2006. The value of Ferrari 550's has increased significantly of late; taking into account the Category D status of this example, it is very competitively estimated.