As a V12 powered, front-engine beauty, most people would store this wide and long-nosed model inside a climate controlled facility. Why? Is there a reason why someone would put so much attention towards a car, unless it would have the potential in rising in value as the years go by?
The answer is exactly that. This beast of a Ferrari has in fact rise in value since this specific model came out in 2001. The fact that it has a stick shift, and many of the stick shift models have risen in value. The reason why is because there are many people out there doing a lot of crazy modifications to get their car to be manual. They will even go as far as paying three to four times the amount for a 3 pedal, than paying for automatic.
Why it’s going up in Value
- Did you know that the 550 Maranello was one of the last stick shift V12 Ferrari’s ever made? Of course there are other manual rides out there, but they are so hard to find and extremely expensive. Unless you are the type of person to have VIP everywhere Just another reason why the car is shooting up in value.
- This is the last of 550 model. Yes, this is the 2001 550 Maranello.
- The Air Jordan XIV, which was originally released in the late 90’s, drew great inspiration from Michael Jordan’s 550 Maranello.
- Most Ferrari’s that have stick shift were of the older models, and not as fast. The 550 has a horsepower of 485, which will do a 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds.
- The car has perfect balance: Not too old, not too new. Just right.
- Gated shifters: If you love the sound gated shifters make when switching gears, then this car is perfect for you. It goes hand-in-hand with the car’s precision in other areas.
Under the Hood
This is absolutely a master class of how to display an engine. Between the twin intakes, and the red crackle – and do not forget the Ferrari emblem on the intake. The induction system is quite amazing. For maximum torque, you will see that on the right side, it is a longer track for low speed running, and then it switches to the middle when you get to a higher rev. There is a row of 12 trumpets, with a shorter intake. The engine is dressed in a way where wires are hidden, if you look at the right and left side of under the hood.
Nothing plastic. All metal. Really nicely made. You can tell that there was no low budget when it came to under the hood. Do not worry if you see signs of corrosion, as it is not “true corrosion,” since it is all aluminium, especially directly under the hood.
If you are interested in learning more, and want to meet my own Maranello in person, feel free to contact me today!