1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682

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Lot 12
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé

£ 200,000 - 240,000
US$ 250,000 - 300,000
Amended
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé
Registration no. T652 LDA
Chassis no. 114682
*Supplied new in the UK
*Right-hand drive
*One private owner
*4,054 miles from new
*Full service history

Footnotes

  • '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 365 GTB/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 250 GTO, while the tail incorporated Ferrari's characteristic twin circular lights.

    In 2004, Evo magazine published a 'Greatest Driver's Cars' feature that pitted the 550 Maranello against the Porsche 911 GT3, Honda NSX-R and Pagani Zonda C12S. The Ferrari won. 'As with all great cars, there's no one facet that dominates the experience,' declared the respected British motoring journal. 'Yes, the engine is mighty, but the chassis is its equal. There's never been a supercar that's so exploitable and so rounded in its capabilities.'

    In total, 3,083 examples of the 550 Maranello were produced, all with the manual gearbox, of which only some 457 were built in right-hand drive configuration for sale in the UK. In recent times the 550 Maranello has become very collectible, with demand ever increasing and prices continuing to rise, especially for low mileage cars - the 550 was such an accomplished Grand Tourer that many have covered a substantial mileage over the 19 years since its launch.

    Right-hand drive chassis number '114682' was supplied new by Evans Halshaw Ferrari, Birmingham on 1st March 1999. Its specification included Rosso Corsa paintwork with Crema leather upholstery, and Bordeaux carpets with matching stitching. The car was supplied with a full set of '550' luggage, which is still present in unused and effectively 'as new' condition.

    This very special 550 Maranello has had only one private owner from new. Not only is its condition commensurate with its low mileage, but the car also been carefully stored in an evidently ideal environment as there is no tarnish visible on any of the metal components in the engine bay or underneath the car. The paintwork is all original, of course, and the interior is generally excellent and unworn; it really is as close to a new 550 Maranello as it would be possible to get.

    '114682' has been regularly serviced from new by marque specialists Graypaul, most recently in July 2016 when the cam belts were changed (at 4,042 miles). MoT'd to April 2017, this highly desirable Ferrari Gran Turismo comes complete with its original wallet, book pack, service book, and tools, plus both sets of keys, while the history file contains the original sales invoice, previous MoT certificates, tracking system paperwork, and service invoices since new. A quite outstanding example.

Saleroom notices

  • Please be advised that the chassis number is incorrect and should read 'ZFFR49C000114682'.
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1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé  Chassis no. 114682
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