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Marking a return to a front-engined layout for flagship sporting Ferraris, the 550 Maranello sparked a revival of more usable Ferrari models. With a layout harking back to the Daytona of the Seventies, the 550 backed up its position by carrying a stick the size of a giant redwood. With 485bhp to call upon, it was at least two seconds quicker around the Fiorano test track than the Ferrari F355 itself no slouch.
Under the bonnet lies the four-camshaft, four-valve per cylinder 65 degree V12 first used in the 456GT. But here it develops more power; 485 BHP to be exact. The nought to sixty time of 4.3 seconds suggests that you have only to brush the throttle for them to make an instant bid for freedom. The quoted top speed of 199 MPH is easily obtainable.
This example offered for sale was delivered new by Maranello in April 1997. This car is presented in stunning Le Mans Blue (the most desirable colour for a 550) with Crema Leather interior and blue carpets. The car is complimented by a full and thorough service history, invoices and MOT's to match. DK Engineering have maintained the car since 2008 and the car has just had its annual service carried out in December 2010. The current mileage is 24,000 miles.