Ferrari 550 Maranello (1996-2001)
Whilst the vehicles produced in the 1990’s aren’t yet considered classics, a great number of incredible cars were produced during the decade, some of which have great potential of becoming classics in the near future. The vehicle that we are going to look at today is one of Ferrari’s most intriguing cars of the 1990’s. We are of course talking about the Ferrari 550 Maranello. Launched in 1996, the grand tourer marked the brand’s return to the rear-wheel drive layout.
Powered by a naturally aspirated 65° 5.5-litre engine capable of producing 478hp, Ferrari 550 Maranello had a top speed of 199 mph (320 km/h). It was quite powerful however its power wasn’t the only thing that made it so appealing.
The 550 Maranello was very aesthetically-pleasing with its sporty yet elegant design. It definitely had an aesthetic reminiscent of Ferrari’s other vehicles, however it also featured a number of unique elements that made it stand out among the brands other cars.
According to reports, Ferrari spent around 30 months developing the vehicle before showcasing it at the 1996 Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany. The car received a positive response from both critics as well as the public.
The car remained in production until 2001, which isn’t long, however a special edition of the Maranello was introduced towards the end of its production run.
Introduced in 2001, the Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina was a special edition Ferrari 550 Maranello styled by Pininfarina.
The car was showcased at the 2000 Paris Motor Show and one of the main differences between the Barchetta Pininfarina and the Maranello was the fact that the Pininfarina was a true roadster. It didn’t feature a roof, meaning the vehicle was constantly uncovered.
Around 448 units of the special edition Barchetta Pininfarina were produced.
Although the Maranello isn’t necessarily considered a classic yet, it remains a favourite among enthusiasts and collectors. It definitely has great potential to become a true classic in the future.
Early Ferrari cars are renowned for their collectability, taking up nine out of ten spots of the most expensive vehicles ever to be sold at auction.
It’s going to be a while before vehicles from the 1990’s will be considered classic, however with so many intriguing and fascinating vehicle produced during the decade, collector definitely won’t struggle to find cars to purchase.
What do you think about the Ferrari 550 Maranello? Do you think vehicle from the 1990’s will soon gain the “classic” status? Let us know down below in the comments section and drop us a line if you have any suggestions or ideas. Be sure to check out the rest of our blog and come back soon for more fun articles about awesome cars.
- Published On : 2 years ago on March 1, 2016
- Author By : James
- Last Updated : June 2, 2017 @ 3:13 pm
- In The Categories Of : History, Sport
- Tagged With : 550 Maranello, Ferrari