1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello
With the introduction of the 550 Maranello in 1996, Ferrari returned to its tradition of building front-engined V12 sports cars, resurrecting a line that had remained dormant since the demise of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona in the early Seventies. Magazines were understandably enthusiastic: “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.”
The core of any Ferrari is its engine, and the 550 Maranello’s 48-valve, 5.5-litre V12 developed 485bhp at 7,000rpm, giving over 100 horsepower more than the Daytona which went before. Ferrari had discovered long ago that providing optimum balance in a front-engined sports car necessitated the use of a rear transaxle, and the 550 Maranello’s came with six speeds feeding power through a limited slip differential. The power train was housed in a tubular steel chassis, to which was attached aluminium panels, while the all-independent suspension incorporated dual-mode damping, changeable by the driver, and was controlled by speed-sensitive power 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 200mph road car.
Details such as the bonnet air scoop and hot air outlets behind the front wheel arches recalled the great competition Ferrari of the past, while the tail incorporated Ferrari’s characteristic twin circular lights. Featuring a luxurious leather interior, this new generation Gran Turismo recalled and honoured its legendary forebears with assurance.
Chassis number ZFFZR49C000110743 was ordered new by Mr. Kevin Regan of London through Woodford Jaguar. Specified in Argento Silver with Nero hide interior trim and modular 18” wheels, 110743 was supplied with the addition of a tracker. Registered R710 FDV on 11/1/1998, 110743 was delivered to Mr. Regan on 06/2/1998. Mr. Regan kept 110743 very well serviced through his 14 year, 43,000 mile ownership at Maranello Sales Ltd, Talacrest, Graypaul, and Joe Macari Servicing.
In April 2012, 110743 was bought by Mr. Clive Simpson-Wells of Heathfield through Joe Macari Performance Cars. Mr. Simpson-Wells then sold 110743 to Mr. Stuart Campbell of Henley-On-Thames in October 2013, having just been serviced at Joe Macari Servicing that month. Mr. Campbell retained 110743 until April 2014 when he sold it to the current family owners.
While in the current family ownership, 110743 has been retained within their collection and used sparingly with just over one thousand miles accumulated since 2014, totalling 51,640 miles as it sits today.
With 5 previous owners, 110743 benefits from the recent completion of a full service including cam belts at Bob Houghton Ferrari, 12-month MOT, and the accompaniment of tool kit and books.
An eminently useable, attractive and swift long-range tourer, 110743 boasts a full Ferrari-Approved service history with stamped maintenance booklet and a plethora of service invoices dating back to 1998. Whether it be a local run or a pan-European adventure, the 550 Maranello is well equipped for the task, providing the performance that the great V12 Ferrari are known for, with supreme comfort.