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Ferrari 550 Maranello: buying guide and review (1996-2001)

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In 1996, Ferrari made what many considered to be a controversial U-turn in the development of its top of the range GT model, the 550 Maranello. For years, since the introduction of the 365BB in 1971, Ferrari had gone down the path of mounting its 90-degree V12 ‘boxer’ engine behind the cabin, for much better dynamics and weight distribution. 
 
Following on from the Boxer was the Testarossa, the 512 TR and F512 M, all sticking to the mid-engined layout. For 1996’s 550 Maranello however, it was back to the formula that worked so well for the Daytona – A front-mounted V12, driving the rear wheels.
 
This brought with it new challenges for the company, having to work hard to manage traction and keep the handling balanced. For the company, the gamble well and truly paid off, with the 550 surpassing its predecessors in almost every measurable way. It could lap the Fiorano circuit 3.2 seconds faster than an F512M, and perhaps even more impressively, 2.2 seconds faster than the much more focused F355. 
 
All of this came about thanks to a huge shift in the company’s thinking, brought about by a new company boss, Luca Di Montezemolo. This new blood in the company wanted to bring about change, that would not only allow people to actually get out and enjoy their Ferraris more, but also conjure up images of Ferrari GT cars of old. 
 
Contemporary customers and road testers heaped praise on the car at launch, and thanks to the newly designed 478bhp 5.5-litre V12 driving the rear wheels, there wasn’t much to complain about. The fantastic powertrain combined with comfortable seats and a decent amount of space to make an absolutely brilliant grand tourer.
 
Today, the draw of a manual gearbox and well weighted steering, two features that are becoming harder to find in modern day sports cars, round off a desirable package.
 
Which one to buy?
 
Ferrari produced a total of 3083 550 Maranellos between 1996 and 2001, with a further 448 Barchettas rolling off the production line in 2000. The six-speed manual gearbox was the only transmission option, and few changes were made during the six-year production run. 
 
Options were mostly limited to exterior and interior colour preferences, but you also have a choice between left- and right-hand drive models. Prices are influenced considerably by which side of the dashboard the steering wheel is located, almost as much as condition. 
 
A comprehensive service history is important as even cars with low mileages suffer when not maintained regularly. Specialists can provide good servicing for these cars as they generally have extensive experience with older models so do not be put off if the stamps in the service book are not all from the main dealer.
 
Some were even converted into track cars, and while not initially intended for this purpose, the 550 had some moderate motorsport success in the FIA GT championships.

Perhaps the jewel in the crown of the 550 model range is the 550 Barchetta, which was first unveiled at the 2000 Paris motor show. While not a practical convertible, thanks to the fact that no usable roof was offered besides from a small rain cover, just 448 were ever built. 

Performance and specs
 
Engine 5473cc, 48-valve DOHC V12 
Power 478bhp @ 7000rpm 
Torque 419lb ft @ 5000rpm
Top speed 199mph 
0-62mph 4.4 seconds 
Fuel consumption 16-18mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2500mm
Length 4550mm
Width 1935mm
Height 1258mm
Weight 1690kg
 
Common problems
 
• Don’t let the cliché of the unreliable Italian sports car deter you from owning one of these modern classics. The 550 is a reliable car, spares and parts are still available, and while servicing and maintenance costs are very expensive, there’s not too much to worry about.
 
• Engines are strong and have no specific issues. The engine mounts tend to sag, but replacing these with the 575M ones resolves the issue.
 
• Cam seals can weep oil, which can end up on the timing belt. This is usually remedied during a service, but is worth checking.
 
• Tubi exhausts are a desirable option, improving the sound and weighing less than the original items.
 
• Radiator hoses can perish, especially the ones under the intake manifolds. Updated replacement items are available.
 
• Upper A-arm bushes can fail prematurely, causing a metallic rattling sound over rough roads.
 
• On cars built between 1997 and 1999 the original Magnesium wheels were recalled due to the wheel bolt inserts cracking. They were replaced with aluminium wheels by Ferrari and, you should check that this was carried out. Magnesium wheels had solid spokes when viewed on the inside, while the aluminium replacements were hollow.
 
• Electronics can cause issues and care should be taken when charging the battery to avoid frying the various ECUs.
 
• Gearboxes are robust and a pleasure to use, but the early cars do however have some issues selecting first, third and fifth gears. This was remedied in later years and should be checked as restoration is expensive.
 
• If the steering rack has excessive play in it, a rebuild may be on the cards. They usually last 30,000 miles, so check that this has been done at some point.
 
• Rust is not a big issue, however keep an eye out for corrosion of the aluminium body panels which can show up over time.
 
• The 550 has quite an appetite for tyres so check the wear pattern on the inside edge on both axles as the negative camber wears this section out first.
 
• Regular servicing costs are not for the faint hearted. Cambelt changes are required every three years, lambda sensors at around the 45,000 mile mark, so check that these have been done recently.
 
Model history
 
1996: Ferrari 550 launched as successor to mid-engined 512TR
2000: Limited edition 550 Barchetta introduced, with 448 units sold. Ferrari Rossa concept car based on 550 shown at Turin Motor Show, to celebrate 70 years of Pininfarina.
2001: Last 550 Maranello rolls off the production line with 3083 built
2009: In a collaboration with Zagato, 5 units of the special edition Ferrari roadster GTZ were made available.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk – UK-based Ferrari owners club and forum
• independentferrariservicing.co.uk – Ferrari servicing specialists
 
Summary and prices
 
Prices of more modern classics have been on the rise in recent years, and the Ferrari 550 is no exception. A good example will set you back around £100,000, and even a high mileage car can still command upwards of £70,000. The Barchettas are another step up and delivery mileage models are now trading around the £350,000 mark. 
 
A solid service history is key, as patchy maintenance records can lead to big bills further down the road. Once you’ve found the right one though, the 550 should provide you with years of exciting motoring. As a two seater grand tourer, at home on the autobahn and slicing up a mountain pass, there are few more compelling options out there.
 
Its combination of howling V12 and satisfying manual shifter add to the immersive driving experience. The vice free, predictable handling is a nice change from twitchy on the limit mid-engined setups but with these cars appreciating fast, better get one before they spiral out of reach.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 15th Aug 2016
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  • FERRARI 550 Maranello

    £94,990 £94,990

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 35715 mi
    • Engine size: 5.5
    For sale
    Dick Lovett-Ferrari - Swindon
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  • Ferrari 550 Maranello

    £139,995 £139,995

    Vehicle Description Offers over 139,995 invited. 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello. Presented in Tour de France Blue with Tan leather and Navy carpets. Factory options on this car include; quilted rear parcel shelf, leather headlining and electric, daytona style seats. This car also comes complete with leather service wallet, book pack and tool kit. A first class example of a Hugely popular modern classic V12 Ferrari.

    • Year: 1999
    • Mileage: 26361 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 550 Maranello Blue Tour de France '97

    €145,000(£129,282) €145,000(£129,282)

    Specification . Body : length/width/height – cm (in) : 455/194/128 (179/76.4/40.4); wheelbase : 250 cm (98.5 in); weight : 1645 kg (3631 lbs). Engine : V12 5474 cc (334 cid), front-mounted; 6 speed manual, rear wheel drive; Power : 485 bhp @ 7000 rpm. Top speed : 314 km/h (195 mph). >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) info@oldtimerfarm.be Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE, EN) olivier@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm from Aalter would also like to sell your classic car or car collection. For more information, please contact Xavier. Exhibitions where you can find us: 18-20/11/2016 InterClassics Brussel - Belgium 25-27/11/2016 Milano Autoclassica - It

    • Year: 1997
    For sale
  • Ferrari 550 Maranello Grey/Green '98

    €99,950(£89,115.42) €99,950(£89,115.42)

    Lowered price from €129.950 -> €99.950 Belgian car with full maintenance history. Specification . Body : length/width/height – cm (in) : 455/194/128 (179/76.4/40.4); wheelbase : 250 cm (98.5 in); weight : 1645 kg (3631 lbs). Engine : V12 5474 cc (334 cid), front-mounted; 6 speed manual, rear wheel drive; Power : 485 bhp @ 7000 rpm. Top speed : 314 km/h (195 mph). >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) info@oldtimerfarm.be Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE, EN) olivier@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm from Aalter would also like to sell your classic car or car collection. For more information, please contact Xavier. Exhibitions where you can find us: 18

    • Year: 1998
    For sale
  • 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello

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    The Ferrari 550 Maranello is a two-seat grand tourer manufactured from 1996 and is powered by a front-engined V12. It shared its platform and 5,474cc engine with the 456 but was positioned as the company's high-end model. It featured a luxurious and spacious interior and, unusually for a Ferrari, the boot could accommodate a set of golf clubs. The 550 has a tubular steel frame chassis with light aluminium bodywork. Power steering is variable assist and, to be expected of a car with this performance, disc brakes are fitted all round. Acceleration is an impressive 4.2 seconds 0 to 60mph and top speed a reported 199mph. In total, 3,083 Ferrari 550's were produced. This lovely example, finished in Tour de France blue, has covered a mere 29,000 miles and benefitted from a £2,000 service with Ferrari specialists Autofficina in September 2016. Described as in stunning condition, this example was originally imported to Japan by Cornes who continued to service the car; the original Ferrari manual and tools are present as is the service booklet. The coachwork is in very good order as is the contrasting tan leather interior and we are pleased to advise this 550 Maranello drives with no known

    • Year: 2016
    For sale
  • 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello

    $185,000(£151,200.50) $185,000(£151,200.50)

    1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello VIN: ZFFZR49A3W0113144 Black with Black Leather Introduced as the flagship of the Ferrari line in 1996, the Maranello replaced a long line of mid-engine cars that began with the Berlinetta Boxer and advanced to the Testarossa. Designed to capture the glory days of Ferrari’s legendary front-engine sports cars (most notably the 275GTG and 365 GTB/Daytona), the Maranello arrived to the eager public who welcomed it as a universally beautiful car. The Pininfarina styling evoked all the grace and muscularity of the legendary Ferraris without becoming overstated. The clean and beautifully proportioned body draped over the 485 hp V12 engine and 6-speed transaxle created a delightful harmony of power and grace. This particular Maranello is a low mile black on black example which is current on its major belt service, having had a full service and more in December of 2014 by F&M MotorSport (Los Angeles, California) less than 500 miles ago (at 13,648 miles). It is complete with books, tools, records, and is fitted with a Tubi exhaust system, which allows just a bit more performance from the already potent engine while delivering wonderful V12 sounds. This three-owner

    • Year: 1998
    • Mileage: 13919 mi
    For sale
  • 1997 Ferrari 550 Maranello Base

    $144,500(£118,099.85) $144,500(£118,099.85)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1997 Ferrari 550 Maranello in Grigio with Red leather interior. 21,246 miles with clean Carfax. Southern Californian car from new. Perfect body with very good paint. Superb interior with good dash, nice seats. Door panels, carpets and roof liner are excellent. Mechanically superb. Just had a new water pump and service at Ferrari Service of Costa Mesa CA. Runs and drives incredibly well with no issues. Cold A/C, windows and seats work well. Comes with all its books, both keys, some records, tools, inflator, car cover, seat and steering wheel covers. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

    • Year: 1997
    For sale
  • Ferrari 550 Marranello

    £139,995 £139,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: 550 Marranello First Registered: 01/09/1998 (S) Mileage: 34,175 Miles Previous Owners: 0 Engine: 5.5 Ltr Transmission: Manual Paint Colour: Rosso Corsa Trim Colour: Crema Leather Carpet Colour: Rosso Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: 12 Months TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1998
    • Mileage: 34175 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 550

    £84,993 £84,993

    Alloy wheels, Service history GP Cars are delighted to offer for sale this superb modern day classic supercar. SILVER, Finished in metallic silver with extended black leather upholstery, this classic was personally imported by the current registered owner and is complimented by an extensive service history the vehicle has 18 inch 5 spoke Ferrari alloy wheels. Electrically adjustable seats mean that you can obtain a perfect driving position so that you totally appreciate the vehicle. Electric windows combined with climate ensure adequate ventilation. Remote central locking helps with the security. A manufacturer installed radio cassette is fitted for your listening pleasure. This is a car that needs to be seen and driven to really appreciate what you get for your money. And also bear in mind that this car will make you money. Part exchange welcome. Viewing by appointment. £84,993, If somebody replies with the e-mail address leontommy6gmail.com, please disregard and inform us directly, as they are not associated to our business.

    • Mileage: 39500 mi
    • Engine size: 5500
    For sale
  • Ferrari 550 M

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    Features : Splendid 550 with all his maintenance file . Complete with warranty books. Just done major service including Cam belts change to Pozzi Authorized dealer ship. Comment : Interesting Maranello Coming in this eéégant combo Blue Pozzi , tobacco leather.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 42946 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 550

    £375,000 £375,000

    Split Rims, Scuderia Shields, Red Alcantara Seat Centres, Carbon Fibre Gear Knob , Carbon Door Sills Romans International are proud to offer this 2002/02 Ferrari 550 Barchetta for sale presented in Rosso Corsa with Black Leather & Red Alcantara Inserts. This left hand drive version is number 222 of 448 cars that were built worldwide. A stunning ultra low mileage example which was originally part of an important Ferrari collection and was registered in the UK in February 2014. This 550 Barchetta has had the full Ferrari Classiche, a certificate of authenticity provided by Ferrari which all classic Ferrari's strive for confirming this as one of the best examples in the world today and carries great potential for future appreciation in value.EXTRAS:1 of 448 Cars Worldwide, Concours Condition, Ferrari Classiche, 2 Owners From New, Exceptionally Low Mileage, Great Investment!

    • Mileage: 490 mi
    • Engine size: 5474
    For sale
  • Ferrari 550

    €185,000(£164,946) €185,000(£164,946)

    Caractéristiques Année du Modèle : 1997 1ère mise circulation : 01/05/1997 N° Châssis : ZFFZR49B000108393 Couleur extérieure : Rosso Corsa Couleur intérieure : Cuir noir et tissu rouge Kilométrage : 7080 Km CV DIN : 485cv CV fiscaux : 45 CV Cylindrée : 5474 cm3 Boîte de vitesses : Manuelle Carnet : Oui Nombre de mains : 2 Origine du modèle : Japon Historique Elégante et racée, cette 550 Maranello est dotée de rares sièges baquets avec coque en carbone-kevlar. Livrée en Mai 1997 au Japon, son premier propriétaire la gardera jusqu’à fin 2014. Elle ne dispose aujourd’hui que de 7080 km d’origine et possède dans un état neuf: - Son carnet d’origine avec tampons - Ses différents manuels - Son livret de garantie tamponné par le distributeur Ferrari Cornes - Ses doubles de clés d'origine Révisions effectuées Le véhicule se trouve dans un état exceptionnel et parfaitement entretenu comme en attestent les dernières factures : Révision annuelle avec en plus le changement des sondes Lambda, des pneus avants/arrières ainsi que des deux pompes à essence en Janvier 2015 à 5668 Km Changement de la distribution en Mai 2015 à 5926 Km Galet et tendeur courroie d’accessoires en Octobre 2015 à 5978 Km Garantie du véhicule Le véhicule sera vendu révisé et garanti 3 mois ou 5000kms Prix 185 000 € Nous trouver et nous contacter Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / 04 79 88 66 36 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans Nos horaires Du Lundi au Samedi, de 8h00 à 12h00 et de 14h00 à 18h30 http://jeanlainvintage.com/ *************************************************************************************** Specifications Year of manufacture: 01/05/1997 Chassis number: ZFFZR49B000108393 Exterior color: Rosso Corsa Interior color: black and red Mileage: 7080 Km HP: 485cv Engine displacement: 5474 cm3 Gearbox: Manual Service book: Yes Users number: 2 Delivery country: Japan History Elegant and stylish, this 550 Maranello has rare bucket seats with carbon-kevlar shell. Delivered new on May 1997 in Japan, the first owner will keep it until the end of 2014. It has now only 7080 km from origin and has like new: - Its original service book with stamps - Its user manuals - Its original warranty book with Corners’s stamp - Double key Maintenance The vehicle is in pristine condition and perfectly maintained as evidenced by the last invoices: Yearly service with new lambda sensors, new tires and two fuel pumps on January 2015 at 5668 km Cam belt change on May 2015 at 5926 km Roller and tensioner accessories belt on October 2015 at 5978 km Warranty The vehicle will be sold revised and guaranteed 3 months or 5000 Km Price 185 000 € Find us and contact us Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / +334 79 88 66 36 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans France Opening hours From Monday to Saturday, 8am to 12am and 2pm to 6.30pm http://jeanlainvintage.com/

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 7080 mi
    For sale
  • 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina

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    Fiorano Handling Package, Large Racing Seats In Nero With Carbon Fibre Backing, Nero Carpets, Ferrari Classiche Certified, European Car, UK Registered, Number 224 of 448 Cars Worldwide, Low Mileage, Great Investment, Exceptional Example! Carbon Fibre Instrument Cluster, Carbon Fibre Centre Console, Carbon Fibre Gear Knob, Carbon Fibre Door Sills, Leather & Carbon Fibre Steering Wheel, Split Rims, Scuderia Shields, Red Alcantara Seat Centres.

    • Mileage: 2340 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 550 Maranello

    €122,500(£109,221) €122,500(£109,221)

    Year of construction 2000 kilometres 39000 km color nero leather nero delivered new to Germany fully documented History great overall condition price 122.500,- EUR

    • Year: 2000
    For sale
  • 1996 Ferrari 550 Maranello

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    Introduced in 1996 the 550 Maranello is a true Pininfarina styled front-engined V12 Ferrari - raw power and performance. The Ferrari 550 is the descendant of the 275 GTS, and the 275 NART, 365 California and Daytona. The V12 dual overhead camshaft engine produces 485 horsepower, the car is comfortable and secure on the road at 300 kph; It sucks the doors off most of its competitors, and does it with style, grace and panache. The 550 Maranello was considered by Ferrari a suitable car to represent the Factory at the Le Mans Twenty-Four Hours and in international GT racing.

    • Year: 1996
    For sale
  • Ferrari 550

    £375,000 £375,000

    Split Rims, Scuderia Shields, Red Alcantara Seat Centres, Carbon Fibre Gear Knob , Carbon Door Sills Romans International are proud to offer this 2002/02 Ferrari 550 Barchetta for sale presented in Rosso Corsa with Black Leather & Red Alcantara Inserts. This left hand drive version is number 222 of 448 cars that were built worldwide. A stunning ultra low mileage example which was originally part of an important Ferrari collection and was registered in the UK in February 2014. This 550 Barchetta has had the full Ferrari Classiche, a certificate of authenticity provided by Ferrari which all classic Ferrari's strive for confirming this as one of the best examples in the world today and carries great potential for future appreciation in value.EXTRAS:1 of 448 Cars Worldwide, Concours Condition, Ferrari Classiche, 2 Owners From New, Exceptionally Low Mileage, Great Investment!

    • Mileage: 490 mi
    • Engine size: 5474
    For sale
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