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    Buying Guide Ferrari 550 Maranello and 575M Maranello

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, 07 April 2018

    Maranello Magnifico Ferrari’s fab front runner Buying Guide Ferrari 550 and 575 It’s 50 years since Morgan launched its retro super car and it’s a golden time to own a Plus 8 before prices really soar. Sublime sports car ability twinned with GT cruising qualities, Ferrari’s return to a traditional design with the 456 marks later 550/575 as the modern Daytona for a lot less. Surprisingly good value for what it is but many haven’t been looked after so buy with the utmost care.

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    FERRARI 575 MARANELLO
    Year of manufacture #2003
    Recorded mileage 29,270
    Asking price £135,000
    Vendor Foskers, Brands Hatch, Kent; tel: 01474 874555; http:// foskers. Com

    WHEN IT WAS NEW #Ferrari-575-Maranello / #Ferrari-575M / #Ferrari-575 / #Ferrari / #Ferrari-575M-Maranello / #2003-Ferrari-575M-Maranello / #Ferrari-575-M-Maranello-F1 / #V12

    Price £154,350
    Max power 508bhp
    Max torque 434lb ft
    0-60mph 4.1 secs
    Top speed 202mph
    Mpg 12-14

    This early M (launched 2002) was highly specced, with contrasting seat piping and quilted load area to match the Blu Tour de France paint, silver brake calipers and embossed Scuderia badges rather than stick-on ones. It has covered minimal mileage annually, taking almost four years to accumulate the first 9800, and has clearly been looked after. There are nine stamps in the service book, the most recent at 29,035 in March 2016 and the one before that at 27,401 in 2010, with cambelts done in 2014.

    The only really notable wear and tear is stone-chipping on the nose. Ferraris of this era apparently had quite brittle paint and marked easily, but none of the chips is larger than a speck and it’s presented honestly. The alloys are unscuffed, shod with Pirelli P Zeros, half worn and dating from 2008 on the rear and almost unworn, dated 2013 front. Behind them the discs and pads have plenty of meat. In the boot is the satchel of tools, tyre foam and compressor, plus trickle charger and a Becker CD changer.

    Inside it’s like new, save a few tiny creases on the driver’s Crema leather seat. The dashboard plastics are perfect and all of the switches are still sharp – earlier-era Ferraris used to go a bit ‘sticky’ in this department.

    The motor is clean and tidy, the oil golden because it’s less than 250 miles old. It will be serviced again before it leaves Foskers in any case.

    Once you’re past the immobiliser, the 5748cc V12 fires instantly (on a key, refreshingly) and, once warm, displays just over 70psi or a little over halfway up the oil-pressure gauge, a figure reassuringly familiar to Dino owners. Coolant temperature eventually got to 180ºF. You can’t really test a 200mph car’s capabilities on narrow, damp roads, but everything works, paddle or auto, and snappier in Sport; the F1 paddle-shift is fractionally quicker than the manual. Amusingly, in auto mode if you floor it in sixth from 50mph it deems a downshift of only two ratios necessary, such is the wealth of available torque. All of the electrics work and so does the aircon, weakly, but it will be regassed on service, and sold with a new MoT.

    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR Unmarked bar a few stone chips
    INTERIOR Almost mint; minor hide wear

    MECHANICALS Full history; runs beautifully

    VALUE ★★★★★★★✩✩✩
    For Top specification; accessible performance; future classic
    Against Slightly mass-produced

    SHOULD I BUY IT?

    There are several on the market and this fastidiously maintained example looks fairly priced, at a lot less than a Superamerica with its troublesome Revocromico roof.
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