2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello £84,950

The Ferrari 550 was Ferrari’s remarkable return to front-engined supercars. Ferrari needed to replace their mid-engined, flat-12 512 TR and the revert back to FR layout was the answer.  They used a 485hp 5.5 litre V12 and a gated six-speed manual transmission. All 550s were manual. The Pininfarina-styled aluminium body panels were mounted to a tubular steel space frame chassis, with double-wishbone suspension, front and rear anti-roll bars, and a limited slip differential. The car also had pioneering anti-slip regulation and four-way anti-lock brakes. 0-60mph was recorded at 4.6 seconds, which was extremely quick for a grand tourer of its time, and Ferrari claimed it could almost hit a top speed of 200mph. This helped crown the 550 as Autocar’s “Britain’s Best Driver’s Car” in 1998, Evo’s “Best Sportscar of the 1990s”, and it won the ‘over 4-litre’ class of the International Engine of the Year award in 2000 and 2001.

This car is supplied in the very rare and desirable colour of Blu Pozzi and has undergone a full detail here at Universal Classic Cars pre-sale, with spectacular results. It benefits from brand new 18-inch magnesium alloy wheels and the interior contains black, full-leather Daytona seats. The car is a LHD example and has only covered 39,000km in its lifetime.

The car was supplied, via Coyes in Tokyo, to Japan and the history file comes complete with Japanese servicing documents as well as a Ferrari proof of identity document. The rest of its file completes its history since it was imported into the UK in December 2016 with a stamped service having been recently performed after its arrival at 37,569km. An excellent entry into the highly-desirable Ferrari 550 market, as a great chance to own a current-century, 6-speed gated manual V12 Ferrari.