Lot 242 - 2000 Ferrari 550 World Speed Record Edition
|Odometer reading||40,400 km|
|Estimate||£220,000 - £260,000|
The Ferrari 550 Maranello is a two-seat grand tourer manufactured from 1996 through to 2001 and 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 and 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 Corsa red, Bordeaux carpets and a WSR plaque.
The majority of 550 World Speed Record examples were finished in Grigio Titanio with Bordeaux trim; this example is unusually finished in Rosso with black interior. Recently imported into the UK from Italy, this Ferrari is in unmarked condition and has clearly been highly cherished. The red coachwork appears to be completely original, as is the sumptuous interior. The engine started immediately when requested and the exhaust note negates any need for a radio. This 550 is unregistered in the UK although the all-important NOVA document is present and Historics can assist in registering the car in the UK if necessary. Due to the rarity of the Ferrari 550 World Speed Record Edition, this lefthand drive, low mileage example is most definitely an investment opportunity and one for the serious Ferrari collectors.