1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. T205 GBT Chassis no. ZFFZR49B000114351
'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 365GTB/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.
Left-hand drive chassis number '114351' was supplied new in Europe and later exported to Japan. First registered in the UK in May 2016, the Maranello was fully serviced and checked by Stratstone Ferrari, Manchester in June 2016, including a change of cam belts, etc. The Ferrari has been unused since June 2017 and will require recommissioning prior to returning to the road.
The car currently displays a total of circa 27,500 kilometres (approximately 17,000 miles), although the accuracy of this cannot be supported.
Presented in generally good condition there is evidence of a bonnet/front wing/bumper replacement and the fitting of a second hand windscreen. The interior carpet's plastic covering is fitted; the interior leather has some wear. Offered with a tool kit, instruction manual, and leather-bound Ferrari wallet. Accompanying paperwork consists of an expired MoT to May 2018 and a V5C registration document.