“One must keep working continuously; otherwise, one thinks of death” - Enzo Ferrari
In 1950, Ferrari’s release of the 166 Inter kicked off a thirty-three year consecutive run of front-engined, V12 powered, two-seat grand-touring cars. Over this triple decade time-span, the famed Italian automaker would build some of the world’s greatest series of GT cars, such as the 250, 275, 330 and 365—to name a few. This in mind, it’s safe to say that a V12 GT car lies at the very core of Ferrari’s DNA. But, unfortunately—for many—the decision to transition and focus on a mid-engined model line-up was made, and with the release of 1973 365 GT/4 Berlinetta-Boxster, the 365/4 Daytona was framed as the last hoorah—or was it...
By 1994, Ferrari had put over twenty years worth of pivoting under their belt and realized that it was time to revert back—to their roots. After more than two years of development, the 550 Maranello would make its world debut at the iconic German endurance circuit, the Nüburing in 1996. And, with a 5.5L naturally aspirated V12 and a six-speed manual gearbox, the grand-touring Ferrari V12 had returned! With the launch of the 550 marking the return of their staple road-car, it also hinted to the end of something much, much, more significant. The 550 Maranello was the LAST Ferrari to be offered exclusively with a manual transmission.
Photographed here, our 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello is an exquisite example of one of the greatest grand-touring cars ever made. Finished in its original specification of Nero over Nero Leather, this car has lived its life exclusively in the hands of collectors and has gone only 22,618 miles. In addition to the accompaniment of the original books, tools and cover is a hefty bit of documentation. Taking a glance at today’s “market”, the 550 Marnanello is a blue-chip stock and a massively undervalued one to boot.
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