2001 FERRARI 550 MARENELLO COUPE
A true Grand Tourer in every sense, the 550 Marenello was designed by Pininfarina and was Ferrari’s long-awaited return to front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-seater configuration last seen in the 365 GTC/4 (a car also on offer here at the Binalong Motor Museum Auction, Lot 162). The 550 takes its name from its displacement of 5.5 liters and its place of birth at the famed Maranello factory.
Replacing the renowned Testarossa after a development period of 30 months, the Maranello exploded on the scene at the famed Nürburgring, Germany, in July 1996. There the car showcased its incredible top speed of 199 mph and acceleration of 0–60 mph in a blistering 4.4 seconds. The V-12 powerplant producing 485 hp at 7,000 rpm and fed through a 6-speed manual transmission. The new Ferrari release was revolutionary, and production was restricted to only 3,083 cars between 1996 and 2002. When test-driven by Motor Trend against the Porsche Carrera 4, Dodge Viper, Chevrolet Corvette, and others, the 550 Maranello beat out all competitors with A++ ratings in most categories, a true testament to the quality and performance of the revered 550 Maranello.
This late production 550 was delivered new to Lance Dixon, the then Melbourne Ferrari dealer and sold to its first owner in April 2002. The car was then again sold through Lance Dixon Ferrari to its second owner, also based in Victoria in 2004. The car remained there until 2011 when the museum acquired the car and brought it up to Binalong. This 550 has travelled just over 21,000 kilometres and has been well maintained and looked after by Ferrari dealers Lance Dixon Ferrari Melbourne, Zagame in Melbourne, Ferrari Maserati of Sydney and recent servicing works undertaken by independent marque specialists Andrea Motori in NSW.
This 550 represents a great opportunity to acquire a late production, low kilometre, highly regarded, practical, inspiring and collectable front engined V12 Ferrari.
This vehicle is sold unregistered.