1998 FERRARI MARANELLO COUPE – MANUAL
Delivered new by Lance Dixon Ferrari of Doncaster Road, Doncaster Victoria on the 18th of September 1998.
Presenting in stunning Black with Burgundy Leather interior trim.
Service history shows the following attention:-
31-02-2002 @ 11295kms
05-09-2009 @ 14732kms
10-04-2010 @ 20761kms – Cam belt change
04-10-2011 @ 35980kms
20-07-2012 @ 39108kms
20-11-2013 @ 41823kms
03-02-2015 @ 43727kms – Cam belt change
02-03-2020 @ 44619kms – Cam belt change
This beautiful car has been in distinguished South Australian ownership since 2015 and is now offered for sale to satisfy the next owner.
The distinguished owner is none other that Vern Schuppan AM, a South Australian with an amazing and successful racing history, most notably winning the 24hr of Le Mans race in 1983 driving a Porsche 956 together with Al Holbert (USA) and Hurley Heywood (USA). Not only winning that race, but he featured in the top ten positions for several years in the early 80’s.
Apart from all of his successes on the race track, he has always had a love for fine and rare cars, this 550 Maranello is but just one.
Notably the fastest production car in the world, when first released in 1996.
The 550 Maranello’s history of development is very interesting.
Since 1973, when the traditional front-engined 365 GTB/4 Daytona had been replaced by the mid-engined Berlinetta Boxer, Ferrari’s top-of-the-line 12-cylinder 2-seater model had used a mid-mounted 180° 12-cylinder flat engine.
The Berlinetta Boxer had later been developed into the Testarossa, the final evolution of which was the 1994 F512 M. Under the presidency of Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who took office in 1991, the F512 M replacement was developed as a traditional front-engined V12 grand tourer.
After 30 months of development, the Ferrari 550 Maranello was unveiled in July 1996 at the Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany. The model’s name referred to the 5.5-litres total engine displacement in decalitres and to the town of Maranello, home to the Ferrari headquarters and factory. Pininfarina executed both the exterior and interior design.
Powered by a a 5.5 Litre V12 engine, it produces 357Kw and 569Nm of power and torque and delivers it to the rear wheels by the famous gated 6 speed manual gearbox. Performance suggests 0-100kph in just 4.0 secs and a top speed near 320kph.
The current owner has given us the following information about the exhaust system:-
“I had the exhaust made from titanium purely for cosmetic reasons. Larger pipes than the originals, as was the laser cut diamond shaped titanium mesh. The original mesh was not a feature and did nothing to enhance the look of the original twin pipes. The same guy does all of the Subaru Rally exhaust systems.
I also had two new stainless steel mufflers, although still quite heavy, they are lighter than the originals and produce a much nicer engine note.
I have the originals of all of the above which of course will go with the car.”
The wheels have also been given a special individual look in shadow chrome.
A superb modern classic Ferrari with the perfect set up for Grand Touring, a gated 6 speed manual and a roaring front V12 engine to give you the maximum feed back on the road ahead.
Currently Historically registered in South Australia, which cannot be transferred, however should be eligible in other jurisdictions for similar Club or Historic schemes, which equates to minimal on road costs.
Available to admire on our state of the art showroom floor in Adelaide.
We can arrange transport door to door Australia wide.
Finance – our broker offers VERY competitive rates and prompt service.
We welcome the opportunity to consider your trade in.
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