Ferrari 550 Maranello - 44,600 Miles - Major Belts Service Oct 2021

Abingdon, United Kingdom

£65,000

1998
45K
Miles
Petrol
Manual
5.5L

Ferrari 550 Maranello - 44,600 Miles - Major Belts Service Oct 2021

This car is in auction on THE MARKET by Bonhams website. The auction is LIVE now. The price shown is the lower estimate.
All bidding takes place on The Market (see photos for web address), plus you will find further text, over 90 photos/video fully illustrating the car and its service history, and the ability to ask questions directly to the seller. The text below is just a brief summary of our full description.
This one is a UK-market car supplied new by Maranello Concessionaires. It passed through various hands in the first 14 years of its life, racking up a modest mileage by most standards (around 42,000 miles) and suffering no mishaps. The current owner saw it for sale at Bell Classic in 2013 when he was bringing in another Ferrari for restoration work and was struck by the colour. Not that many were built in Tour de France blue with a dark interior (the pale cream interiors show their age much more) and the owner already had two Ferraris in the same shade – so he did a deal.
He’s a man who freely admits to the car collecting bug and has several of them, which is the main reason this car never saw much use. As the vendor puts it, for most trips, there were cars on the driveway which were easier to get at than those in the garage, where this one lived.
So apart from a few trips to Goodwood, where the owner is a member, and the occasional weekend blast or trip into London for work, it’s only been to the MoT station and back. The mileage totals about 2000 in the last eight years, during which time the owner has had the cambelts done three times!
The approach was simple – take it once a year to Paul Hargreaves (a much respected independent specialist) and ask him to give it whatever it needs and send it back with a new MoT. Indeed, the money spent on going through the car after purchase, maintaining it in between and then giving it a grand farewell service this summer totals some £10,000.
It’s mechanically perfect, then. It’s also very smart but not concours standard, having been maintained for use rather than display. This makes the owner somewhat wistful, as he wishes he’d found more time to drive it. However, he recognises that things are unlikely to change and it’s time for someone else – perhaps with more determination to put this car to use – to enjoy the 550.
It has an MoT until next October (it’s never failed an MoT in the vendor’s ownership, nor had an advisory, he thinks) and has had every servicing need attended to. While fastidious owners might wish to tidy up small cosmetic marks, it’s absolutely ready to enjoy and is likely to represent something of a bargain compared to the prices asked for similar cars in the trade.
For much more description and photos see THE MARKET by Bonhams website.
The vehicle can be viewed with us at The Market HQ, Abingdon.
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Engine

  • Size 5.5L

Transmission

  • Type Manual

Fuel

  • Type Petrol

Exterior

  • Doors 2
  • Colour Blue
  • Body type Coupe

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