"We have posted the Ferrari 250 LM before. But please forgive us. In terms of pure, untrammelled, mechanical beauty this Ferrari cannot be beaten. For us this car epitomises the essence of what a Ferrari is and always should be. The "
Ferrari 550 Maranello
When the 550 Maranello was launched back in 1996: it would have cost you £160K.
The 485 BHP V12 it came with meant it could pull away in less than 5 seconds and could make almost 200MPH in the top end. It was a classic front engined Ferrari GT.
This was a very usable supercar too, by all accounts. It had a mature presence on the roads that other Ferraris around at the time didn’t have – and its cabin was slick and understated – and came with the chrome-gated six-speed as standard. This was a relatively reliable car too, apparently – and an annual standard service wouldn’t cost you more than £1000.
And the thing is, these days, for a variety of reasons that don’t bar the desire: you can pick an incredibly good one up for the price of a mid-range senior rep’s motorway eater.
A few years ago, in the depths of the financial crisis, there were a few of these around for £35K – have a look now and you’ll see that’s creeping up to around £50K as an average – but we think it’s still a cracking bargain.
Now where’s that chequebook?
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