The 550 marked Ferrari's return to producing a front-V12 engined two-seat Berlinetta, a type of car they hadn't manufactured since the demise of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona in 1973. The 550 Maranello features a high tensile welded tubular steel chassis, a frame that featured an extremely rigid central cage and advanced underbody aerodynamics. Wider track at the front than rear improves turn-in while a variable damper control system affords the driver Normal and Sport suspension settings. Speed sensitive power steering varies the level of assistance accordingly. Lightweight components were used throughout the construction of an all-new 5.5-litre 65° V12, cast alloy being used for the cylinder block, four-valve heads and sump while there were also forged alloy Mahle pistons and titanium conrods helping produce an enormous output of 485bhp at 7,000rpm, 45bhp up on the outgoing F512 with its five-litre flat-12. All 550 Maranello's used a six-speed manual gearbox and variable back pressure exhausts similar to those previously seen on Ferrari's limited production F50. Weight distribution was split perfectly 50/50 front/rear and greatly contributed to the exceptional handling and balance dynamics.
Performance-wise, 0-60 requires just 4.3 seconds while a top speed of 199mph is attainable given suitable road conditions. The body design by Pininfarina featured a number of acknowledgements to the 550's forebears, not least with its 250 GTO-style fender vents carved out from behind each front wheelarch and a Daytona-inspired cut-off tail with two circular light clusters either side. Other prominent features were a hood-mounted engine scoop that boosted air pressure inside the intake system to gain 20bhp, and a solitary vent on the left-hand side rear wing forcing cool air into a brake radiator.
The 550 was also Ferrari's first all-new model since their 1968 Daytona not to feature retractable headlights, fixed homofocal front clusters enhance the rakish nose with its wide grille opening. The Maranello was replaced in 2002 by Ferrari's 575M, the new car heralding the arrival of Magnetti Marelli's F1 paddle shift transmission for the first time on a V12 GT.
This RHD example was originally supplied new in October 1999 by Maranello Concessionaires to Mr Tom Duggan, of Oxford. Presented in arguably the ultimate colour combination of Tour De France Blu over a Tan Hide, further options include Daytona Seats with embossed Cavallinos on each headrest, Quilted Leather parcel shelf, Nero brake calipers, and the exceptionally rare and unused, six piece Ferrari Luggage set, worth several thousand pounds which remains with the car. Having been serviced throughout its life by Ferrari main dealers as well as well-respected specialists, this car has no less than 15 stamps in the original service book provided. The car's total mileage from new stands at just 26,300 miles from new.
Today the car is presented in a remarkable condition, reflecting the fact that this car has been fastidiously cared for from new. This 550 comes accompanied by its spare key and fob, all original books, tools, tyre pump and Ferrari torch. This exceptional 550 is presented in superb condition and is located in our showrooms just outside London and available to view immediately having recently received a major service including belts. Simply an opportunity not to be missed.