In het nieuw gestoken: een heerlijke, door vermaard Ferrari dealer Joe Macari onderhouden Ferrari 550 Maranello, voorzien van een handgeschakelde (!) transmissie en een tijdloos ingetogen kleurstelling! Deze fraaie Italiaan heeft een sterk internationaal (Europees) karakter, biedt verslavende rijbeleving en is sensationeel mooi… Mooier nog dan in 2018, toen we de 550 Maranello voor het eerst in handen kregen en verkochten aan de huidige eigenaar. In de jaren die volgden is de GT namelijk zowel optisch als technisch grondig aangepakt. Dat is te zien én te voelen. Aan wie de eer om hier optimaal gebruik van te maken?Lees verder
Ferrari 550 Maranello
As good as (almost) new: a wonderful 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello with manual (!) transmission, maintained by renowned Ferrari dealer Joe Macari! This beautiful black Italian has a strong international (European) character, offers an addictive kind of driving experience and sounds absolutely sensational… Even better than in 2018, when we got the 550 Maranello in our hands for the first time and sold it to the current owner. In the years that followed, the GT underwent a complete beauty treatment from the inside, outside, underneath and under the hood as well. That’s something you really need to experience by your own…
The first kilometers were driven in England, with a Greek behind the steering wheel. Apparently the first owner preferred the rainy climate in the UK over the sunshine that Greece offers. Although the 550 probably made his sun shine every day… In 2006 a Swedish man took over the Prancing Horse, followed by a Belgian in 2016. The current owner of the Ferrari classic knows his stuff and completely overhauled the Ferrari 550 Maranello after having shop fever at a Stipt Polish Point in December 2019. The floor and engine compartment were professionally cleaned, interior and rims renovated. Bumpers, hood and exterior mirrors have been repainted. In February 2020, a thorough technical service was added to this including a new distribution, so the history demonstrates. Nope, there’s no reason to take it easy in the V12-powered Ferrari when everything in your body tells you to go for it.
The 550 Maranello seems to have invented the phrase ‘natural beauty’. Especially in a discreet lacquer like Nero Daytona, it’s easy to see how gorgeous this Ferrari is by its simplicity. The bodywork is extremely tight. Nevertheless, it’s hard to find sharp angles; the lines are mostly graceful. There are just enough details – referring to the air intakes behind the front wheels and in the bonnet – to do justice to the great potential of the supercar. The profile is unmistakably Maranello: a stretched bonnet combined with a compact rear, give the car an athletic appearance. The 550 actually looks like a GT for two. Yet there’s power for many. Now that various parts have been provided with some fresh varnish, this all looks even more intense. What. A. Beauty!
The black livery continues in style on the inside: here you’ll find Nero leather upholstery on the seats, the steering wheel and the dashboard. In fact, the Nero leather on the dash and wheel is completely new! It makes the Ferrari 550 Maranello cockpit even prettier than it already was. The interior is solid black, including carpets, deck, pillars and headliner. It ensures a harmonious atmosphere inside the Maranello. But there’s also room for contrast: brilliant details such as the aluminum gear shift in classic H-pattern, perforated sports pedals and chrome-rimmed instruments, are characteristic for the 90s and exceptionally tasteful.
Technique & performance
The perfectly maintained 5.5 liter V12 engine with 485 hp guarantees extra goosebumps; because of the speed and the tune as well. Skilled drivers who manage to find every slot of the manual transmission smooth and fast, are able to get to the top speed of 323 km/h in a blink of an eye. The first part (100 km/h) has already been reached within 4.4 seconds. Besides the staggering performance, we kindly ask you to pay attention to small but magnificent ‘specialties’ like the sound of the gear shift being switched in the milled gear pattern with a nice click. You have been warned: once you go black…