• Finished in very rare and sought-after Blu Pozzi
• Highly desirable gated manual transmission
• Factory manuals and books
Assembly No: 28161
5.47 litre 65-degree DOHC 48-valve V-12 engine rated at 485 HP, manual six-speed gearbox with transaxle, independent front and rear suspension with coaxial coil springs with front and rear anti-roll bars, front and rear disc brakes; wheelbase: 98.4"
Few names in automotive history are more synonymous with style, speed, and performance than Ferrari. Over the years, Ferrari has produced some of the most iconic and legendary sports cars of all time from the Ferrari 250 GTO to the later Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona. With a record 16 Formula One World Constructors Championships, Enzo Ferrari built his reputation on dominance at the racetrack, but he knew that he would need to build profitable sports cars in order to fund his ambitious racing efforts. Accordingly, Enzo was responsible for some of the fastest and most beautiful sports cars ever built.
Throughout the postwar period, Ferrari continually pushed the limit by producing innovative designs and incorporating the latest advancements, while at the same time still retaining iconic styling features and familiar lines. Moreover, its legendary V12 engines have always been a constant throughout its history. Smooth, powerful, and with a very distinctive wail, the V12 is considered the heart of any proper Ferrari.
In 1973, Ferrari abandoned the front-engine V12 and concentrated solely on mid-engine designs with the introduction of the 365 GT4 'Boxer' which incorporated a new flat 12-cylinder engine much like that in their Formula One race car of the period. It would be another 23 years before the traditional front-engined V12 would return to the delight of purists and the Ferrari faithful with the introduction of the Ferrari 550 Maranello in 1996. From the onset, the 550 was designed as a traditional, front-engine grand tourer and represented a return to Ferrari's roots. Produced from 1996 to 2001, the Maranello was named after the home of the Ferrari headquarters and the factory where it was built, and it evoked styling elements of its 275 GTB and 365 GTB predecessors. The 550 was proof that a front-engined V12 car could still outperform a mid-engined design, as it was quicker and faster than the Ferrari F512M that it replaced. The Pininfarina design was not only beautiful, but it was particularly aerodynamic allowing a top speed of almost 200 mph. No doubt, Enzo would have been pleased that his preferred layout would carry on his company’s tradition.
Launched to the press at the Nürburgring in 1996, the Maranello was not only faster than its “top of the line” predecessor but, due to its layout, it was also more comfortable and far more practical than the car it replaced. Interestingly, the 550 marked a return to Ferrari’s tradition, but its Tipo F133 engine was the first new V12 design since the “Colombo” derived engines that had powered all of its predecessors. Featuring four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams, and a variable length intake manifold, the naturally aspirated 65° V12 was the largest to that time and produced nearly 500 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. Fitted with the traditional gated six-speed gearbox and three pedals, the 550 Maranello could accelerate to 100 mph in less than 10 seconds without sacrificing comfort or any amenities.
This particular example comes from a great home and has seen careful use. The vendor states that the car runs and drives beautifully, and it has provided endless enjoyment during his ownership. The Ferrari is finished in the seldom seen and lovely shade of Blu Pozzi which is named in honor of Charles Pozzi, the famous French racing driver and official Ferrari importer in France. The beautiful glossy exterior is complemented by the sumptuous tan leather interior with all the options befitting a grand tourer. With just a shade over 19,000 miles, this 550 is a highly capable performer and has been carefully maintained and serviced as needed. Additionally, it retains it factory books and manuals.
Ferraris in the modern era are one of the few marques that are instant collectibles as soon as they are delivered from the factory. In particular, there has been a lot of interest recently in the later, yet more traditional models, devoid of all the complex driving aids, that provide a purer driving experience, as only a traditional gated manual gearbox connected to a naturally aspirated V12 can deliver. Signature styling features such as the “shark gills” and quad round taillights harkens back to the earlier 275 GTB and 365 GTB designs by the legendary coachbuilder Pininfarina. Exceedingly fast and uncompromisingly built, Ferraris are, and always have been, the absolute pinnacle of beauty and performance. Offered from a large and respected private collection, this 550 Maranello represents the modern yet classic V12 Ferrari at its best.
1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello