The 550 Maranello Is The Last Old-School Front-Engined Ferrari

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Unlike a legendary Ferrari Testarossa, its V12 successor, the 550 Maranello, had ...

Unlike a legendary Ferrari Testarossa, its V12 successor, the 550 Maranello, had its V12 placed up front, and as opposed to mid-ship. This marked the return to the classic Ferrari GT car setup, and it remains this way ever since.

The 550 Maranello, one of a first completely new Ferraris under a controlling eye of the CEO Luca di Montezemolo, hit a market in 1996 and remained on sale until 2001.

During those six years, this V12 grand tourer sold quite well, it also marked the definite improvement in overall build quality and the greater push towards luxury.

Under that long hood lies the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V12 with 478 horsepower and 419 lb-ft of torque, with all power directed to the rear wheels through the six-speed manual, the sole transmission offering. Nice. Well, its performance capabilities were also quite admirable and sprinting from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

Along with a hardtop coupe, Ferrari later launched the 550 Barchetta, the real roadster that didn’t even come with the top. If you got stuck driving in a rain, well, you likely had the problem.

Although Ferrari did offer all 448 owners with the soft top, it was really more of the temporary piece because it wasn’t recommended to be used above 70 mph, that is obviously no fun for Ferrari owners.

Speaking of owners, Harry Metcalfe is back with the new episode of his fantastic Harry’s Garage series. This time he profiles, as you can probably guess, his Ferrari 550 Maranello.

He’s had quite the history with the particular Ferrari as over the years and he’s driven three of them more than 50,000 miles.

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