Most Ferraris are garage queens. They are fair-weather cars only driven in pristine conditions and are more than often ornamental to a man cave. They are status symbols. They represent hand-built innovation – and a very pricey maintenance schedule.
But what of a Ferrari that you can drive every day, and have reasonable reliability and even some practicality? The Pick of the Day is one of them, a 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Kelowna, British Columbia.
One of my absolute favorite Ferraris is the front-engine, 5.5 liter V12-powered 550. This model, compared with other cherished prancing horses, makes a good commuter car. It has a roomy two-seat cockpit, storage for luggage, a nice ride – and with a gated shifter and power to spare at 485 horsepower.
This pretty example is in Grigio Titanio Metallic over Black Daytona-style seat trim and dark blue carpeting.
According to the dealer, the car is “expertly detailed by our professional detail bay upon arrival, this exhilarating, sporty, and beautifully sounding 550 Maranello comes to us in amazing condition with no accidents, a front bumper 3M paint protection and passes our stringent 100-point inspection.”
One consideration on any Ferrari is the cost of maintaining the car. Major service is more dependent on time than mileage – it is suggested to be done every six years. The positive on having a front-engine car vs. a mid-engine car is that the service can be done right in the engine bay. With mid-engine Ferraris, the engine needs to be pulled for major service – add $15,000 to the tab.
A major service, which includes cam seals, belts, water pump, fuel and air filters runs about $7,500. The 550 loves to be driven but hates to sit still. So, if you have one, drive it. Because of the weight of this car, brakes and tires should be monitored closely.
With 67,664 miles on the odometer and priced reasonably at $104,993, it should be a fun, almost everyday runner. But be mindful that, since the dealer does not mention a “service” but instead an “inspection,” it most likely may need a service before hitting the open road.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.