1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello
- Stunning Le Mans Blue / Crema
- Only 26K miles
- Ferrari V12 engine producing 485 hp and 419 lb/ft of torque
- Major service, including timing belts, just completed by Sphere Motorsports
- All “sticky” parts refinished
- Drives beautifully
This is an absolutely stunning 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello. The 550 was Ferrari's return to the classic front-engine V12 layout, not seen since the 365 GTB/4 Daytona in the early Seventies. The V12 engine is an absolute masterpiece, producing 485 hp and 419 lb-ft of torque, with an almost completely flat torque band and that inimitable Ferrari V12 sound. A perfect 50/50 weight distribution creates a wonderful handling balance, which only gets better at speed. Finally, the 550 was the last Ferrari to have a 6-speed gated manual gearbox as the only transmission choice, before Ferrari started the inexorable transition to automated manuals.
This particular 550 is a wonderful example of this iconic car. I sold this car three years ago to its current owner, and it is back on consignment by that owner. In a very rare color combination of Le Mans Blue over luxurious Crema interior, this 550 has only covered 26,445 miles. The paint is in excellent condition and shows extremely well. All "sticky" plastic parts in the interior have been refurbished, and there is no shrinkage of the dash leather; two common problems with these cars.
Mechanically, this car is also in fantastic shape. A full major service, including timing belts change and valve cover gasket replacement, was just performed by Sphere Motorsports. Four new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires were installed in early 2016. This 550 needs absolutely nothing. I have personally driven this car, and it is an extremely solid car. The engine is incredibly strong and keeps pulling like a freight train to redline. Steering is sharp and true, the handling is perfect, and the powerful brakes stop the car on a dime. There are no rattles or other untoward noises.
Ferrari 550 prices have leveled off from their high over the past year, and this is the time to buy one of these incredible cars. The model now has the recognition of discriminating buyers, as a true grand tourer in the classic Ferrari tradition, and is widely seen as a very collectible Ferrari in future years. For more information, please contact Michael Foertsch at email@example.com or 832-617-0494.