Introduced in 1996, the new 550 Maranello was a gran turismo clearly intended to fill the shoes of the legendary Daytona. Although based on the longer 456, whose engine it shared, it was distinctly upmarket. Despite strictly being a two-seater, the 550 Maranello offered a spacious and luxuriously appointed interior. There was plenty of room for luggage, including a full set of golf clubs.
Its rear-mounted six-speed manual transaxle gave better weight distribution as well as improving traction for the traditional front-engine, rear-drive chassis. The result was most satisfying, achieving a top speed of 323 km/h and a dramatic 4.5 second sprint from 0-100 km/h.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
485 bhp, 5,474 cc light alloy twin cam four-valve dry sump V-12 engine, six-speed rear-mounted transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel power-assisted ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm.
Source: RM Auctions Photo Credit: Copyright Tim Scott