POTW: Maranello temptress


V12 Ferraris exist in a different plane from their shouty, mid-engined counterparts. Sure, the 'baby' ones have their place. But crushing GT performance, elegant looks and a sumptuous interior nestled behind a howling, red-headed V12 engine was a Ferrari staple long before mid-mounted engines and, indeed, the word 'supercar' were even commonplace.

And this week we present to you temptation in the form of a how-to guide to buying one of the best of recent times - the 550 Maranello.

Just in case you need some inspiration to assist in your deliberations we've got a Friday treat in the form of a gorgeous 550-themed desktop.

Our thanks to our colleagues on Classic & Sports Car for this one, this shoot for the Maranello coming from an in-depth feature in the latest issue (out now!) and photographed in fine style by Malcolm Griffiths.

So. Check out their feature. Digest our in-depth buying guide. And then, suitably fired up, hit the classifieds!

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  • myhandle 02 Nov 2012

    The 550 is pretty good. I know someone who had one with 75,000 miles and no problems, though of course they do need maintenance.

  • soad 02 Nov 2012

    Looking good, aged very nicely - sure hits the spot! biggrin

  • Davey S2 02 Nov 2012

    myhandle said:
    The 550 is pretty good. I know someone who had one with 75,000 miles and no problems, though of course they do need maintenance.
    As is the case with most cars. Its when they only do a few thousand miles a year that they tend to get problems.

  • LuS1fer 02 Nov 2012

    Plane not plain, you pain.

  • GroundEffect 02 Nov 2012

    God I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaant one. In that colour too.

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