1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFZR49C000111360 Engine no. 48993
Lot 557
1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé Chassis no. ZFFZR49C000111360 Engine no. 48993
Sold for £41,400 (US$ 69,514) inc. premium
Lot Details
1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé
Registration no. R550 LUG
Chassis no. ZFFZR49C000111360
Engine no. 48993


  • 'The Maranello needs no excuses: it is right-minded, a return to traditional values, albeit values and standards that tower high above those set by the Daytona when it shuffled off to extinction a quarter of a century ago.' – Car magazine.
    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.
    Right-hand drive chassis number '111360' was imported by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd and retailed via JCT 600, from whom it was purchased by first owner, Mr A Khan of Auto Design Technics, Bradford. Annual main-dealer servicing is recorded in the accompanying original guarantee/service booklet, which was last stamped in May 2009 at 40,551 miles when the cam belts were replaced. (The recorded mileage total is currently 45,180). The current owner purchased the car for museum display in 2010. Presented in generally good order, this desirable modern Ferrari Gran Turismo is offered with MoT to July 2013, Swansea V5C document and three expired MoT certificates dating back to 2009.
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