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Pick Of The Showroom: Ferrari 550 Maranello (Left Hand Drive)

Staff Writer 13th June 2017
by Staff Writer
The Ferrari 550 Maranello on display at Kahn H.Q needs no introduction...

Upon manufacturing the 550 Maranello in 1997, Ferrari returned to its practice of manufacturing front engine V12 sports cars, reviving a line that was inactive since the demise of the 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona in 1974.

Styled by Pininfarina, the 550 Maranello was proportioned in a similar manner to its predecessor, adopting the conventional combination of long bonnet, small cabin and truncated tail.

The body's aerodynamics were developed in the wind tunnel where hours of testing ensured that the minimum of drag was coalesced with constant down force regardless of set up, an important consideration in a 200mph road car.

Styling details such as the bonnet air scoop and hot air outlets behind the front wheel arches recalled the great competizione Ferraris of the past, in particular the 250GTO.

The power train was housed in a tubular steel chassis, to which was attached aluminium coachwork, while the all-independent suspension incorporated dual-mode (normal/sports) damping, switch-selectable by the driver, which was complemented by speed-sensitive power-assisted steering.

The heart of any Ferrari is its engine, and the 550 Maranello's 48-valve, 5.5-litre V12 developed 485bhp at 7,000rpm, some 100-or-so horsepower more than the Daytona's. Ferrari had discovered long ago that providing optimum balance in a front-engined sports car necessitated the use of a rear transaxle, and the Maranello's came with six speeds.

This particular Ferrari 550 has 19,560 miles on the clock and is finished in red with black leather upholstery; this desirable Ferrari is offered with service invoices, MoT and a V5C registration document.

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