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With the introduction of the 550 Maranello in 1997, Ferrari returned to its tradition of building front-engine V-12 sports cars, resurrecting a line that had remained dormant since the demise of the 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ in 1974. The heart of any Ferrari is its engine, and the 550 Maranello’s 48-valve, 5.5-litre V-12 developed 485 bhp at 7,000 rpm, some 100 more than the Daytona’s. Ferrari had discovered long ago that providing optimum balance in a front-engine 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 aluminum 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.
Styled by Pininfarina like its illustrious ‘Daytona’ predecessor, the 550 Maranello was similarly proportioned, adopting the classical combination of long bonnet, small cabin and truncated tail. The body’s aerodynamics were developed in the wind tunnel, where hours of testing ensured that the minimum of drag was combined with constant downforce regardless of set up, an important consideration in a 200-mph road car. Styling details such as the bonnet air scoop and hot air outlets behind the front wheelarches recalled the great competizione Ferraris of the past, in particular the immortal 250 GTO, while the tail incorporated Ferrari’s characteristic twin circular lights.
In 2004, Evo magazine published a ‘Greatest Driver’s Cars’ feature that pitted the 550 Maranello against the Porsche 911 GT3, Honda NSX-R and Pagani Zonda C12S. The Ferrari won. “As with all great cars, there’s no one facet that dominates the experience,” declared the respected British motoring journal. “Yes, the engine is mighty, but the chassis is its equal. There’s never been a supercar that’s so exploitable and so rounded in its capabilities.”
This stunning 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello boasts merely 3,781 miles from new and is probably the lowest-mileage example currently on the market. Ferrari maintained since new by Barrett Motorcars out of San Antonio, this one owner from new Supercar also benefits from climate-controlled garage storage. Just completed a major service 04/25/2016 confirmed by the receipts that will accompany this vehicle, plus the owner’s manuals with case, original tools and case with belts and many receipts since new.