With the introduction of the 550 Maranello in 1997, Ferrari returned to its tradition of building front-engined V12 sports cars, resurrecting a line that had remained dormant since the demise of the 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ in 1974. 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. 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.
Styled by Pininfarina like its illustrious ‘Daytona’ predecessor, the 550 Maranello was similarly proportioned, adopting the classical 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 combined with constant downforce 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 wheelarches recalled the great “competizione “ Ferraris of the past, in particular the immortal 250GTO, while the tail incorporated Ferrari’s characteristic twin circular lights.
This 550 Maranello is presented in traditional silver with black/blue interior combination. With a recent cambelt service from the renown Ferrari specialists Key’s, who are based at Silverstone, in March 2016. This attractive, front engine V12 Ferrari, harks back to the heady days of the Daytona. These are highly sought after and the manual gearbox on these models puts a smile on your face when down-shifting on those twisty country roads. A great opportunity to acquire an iconic model from the Italian marque.
Dieser 550er Maranello präsentiert sich in traditionellem Silber mit schwarz/blauem Interieur. Erst kürzlich wurde im März 2016 eine Aufarbeitung der Zahnriemen von den bekannten Ferrari Spezialisten “Key´s” durchgeführt. Dieser attraktive Vordermotor-V12-Ferrari, greift auf die aufregenden Tage von Daytona zurück. Dieses sehr begehrte Stück mit seinem Handschaltgetriebe treibt ihnen das Lächeln aufs Gesicht, sobald sie die Straßen damit entlang fahren. Eine tolle Gelegenheit, um ein ikonisches Modell der italienischen Marke zu erwerben.