CHASSIS NO: ZFFZR49A3X0113520
• One of the most desirable Modern-Era Ferraris
• Highly desirable six-speed manual gearbox
• Colorful road rallying provenance
• Equipped for high-speed touring and rallies
5,474 cc DOHC V-12 engine, Bosch Motronic fuel injection, 485 HP at 7,000 RPM, six-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and electronically adjusted shock absorbers
The 550 Maranello is widely considered to be one of the finest Ferraris of the modern era. It was Ferrari's first front-engine, V-12 grand tourer since the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, and quickly earned a reputation as a suburb driver's car. This car represents one of the last of the true V-12 all manually shifted “Gated” gearbox cars and is highly coveted by Ferrari enthusiasts today. Ferrari spent a great deal in time and money to developing wind tunnel technology and research to create the 550 Maranello, resulting in a car that achieved a fuel stop range of 600+ miles at 160 mph. The 550 Maranello also has the distinction of being the last of the fully manual gearbox V-12 automobiles produced by the Maranello-based manufacturer, a fact which represents Ferrari’s heritage spanning decades before the introduction of the “Paddle Shift” cars and an end of an era.
This stunning 550 Maranello has been in the private collection of Dennis Collins (Discovery Channel’s “Fast N Loud”), since it was two months old. Supplied new by Algar Ferrari in Pennsylvania, the car was subsequently purchased by Mr. Collins and taken to Stuart Singer of Stuart’s Paint and Body in Dallas, Texas, where the car received an extra trunk-mounted fuel cell to give it extended fueling stops for the purposes of road rallying.
After installing police scanners, laser detectors and an array of technology into the cabin of this 550, Mr. Collins participated in many road rallies from the legendary Gumball 3000 to the Bullrun and more. The odometer shows just over 40,000 miles to date with 38,000 of those being rally miles - truly a testament to Ferrari’s ability to design and build a car that can sustain such spirited driving without issue at higher speeds. In 2007, this Ferrari propelled Mr. Collins and Richard Rawlings of Dallas’s Gas Monkey Garage, from New York to Los Angeles in a time of 31 hours and 59 minutes. This time replaced the previous “Cannonball Run” record to secure them the victory. A total of 2,811 miles were covered by the pair averaging a speed of 87.6 miles per hour.
Finished in Nero Daytona high definition Gloss Black Metallic with a rare monochromatic interior, this example presents very well. The 5.5-litre V-12’s symphony of sound is as iconic today as the day it was produced. This Ferrari has been subject to a no-expense-spared maintenance program throughout its life, being well-cared-for by Michael Luongo of Norwood Auto Italia in Dallas, Texas. Accompanying the car is the rear luggage compartment-mounted spare wheel and full decal package from the events it competed in, spanning the past two decades.
This very special Ferrari 550 Maranello presents a unique and exciting opportunity to acquire what has to be the most prolific 550 Maranello ever produced by Ferrari. This example has been used specifically for the purpose it was designed, creating a rich heritage and gathering accolades from automotive enthusiasts worldwide.