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Wanted 550 Maranello

Discussion in 'Ferraris' started by JMH90, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. JMH90

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    Good Afternoon,

    I am new to the forum; I have reviewed the rules but I apologize in advance if I have overlooked something!

    I am in the market for a 550 Maranello and am well along on "the search." I have reviewed (and am continually reviewing) the usual listings (hemmings, autotrader, ebay, cargurus, BAT, etc.), and I have seen a couple of examples in person. I've also researched the vehicle for the past several months--this forum has been very helpful--and feel comfortable with the model (It'll be a first Ferrari for me). Here's what I'm interested in:

    Exterior Color: Verde, TDF Blue, Giallo Modena, Rosso Corsa (in order of preference). I know finding a Verde is very difficult, so I'm not wedded to it.

    Interior Color: Flexible, depending on combination, but Nero always acceptable.

    Options: Flexible. I don't mind the usual Tubi modification. I'm most interested in the V12 and 6-speed, which come standard ;).

    Mileage: Higher mileage is acceptable. Based on what I've read and understand with these cars, and from my own driving habits, I prefer a well-sorted car in great condition that has mileage to a low mileage garage queen. I do intend to drive this vehicle regularly, and would rather not pay the additional premium (and deal with the latent maintenance headaches) that comes with a low mileage example--I would quickly erase the premium I paid with my driving habits!

    Understandably the presence of service records, the leather tool kit, the owners' manual, the three keys (including the red), and the OEM radio (and code) are all important to me. I'd prefer that the stickies issue and any leather issues (dash, etc.) were already resolved, and I'd prefer a recent major service, but it's not necessarily a dealbreaker for the right car.

    Finally, any car in the Mid-Atlantic or the Northeast would be of even greater interest, but I would travel for the right car. Of course, I'd be interested in having an independent PPI performed if we were to come close to a deal and price. I am flexible on price to a point but am cognizant of the current market and have a range in mind (depending on the car, condition, etc.).

    If you have a 550 you are thinking of selling, or are looking to sell, that is a potential match to my wishlist above I'd love to hear from you!

    Thank you for your time.
     
  2. RossoC360

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  4. JMH90

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    Hey Rick - It's John H (who spoke with you about your car prior to Thanksgiving). I can absolutely agree with what you've said (apart from the repaint option ;)). I'm trying to find the right color for me--that grigio is beautiful, but we have a couple grey beasts in the fleet and I wanted to expand our horizon. I certainly haven't ruled out your car, I'm just trying to see what's out there right now.
     
  6. Nate Allen

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    Love that grigio. Very nice.
     
  7. NE550

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    John, seems like you've done your homework and you know what you're looking for. You are right to ignore the over-priced low-mile garage queens and go for a well-sorted and maintained "driver" that has some miles on it. Even so, as these cars are now 20+ (or nearly so) of age, pretty much any 550 you run across will need at least several items addressed. Don't expect perfection.

    I spent about 4 months looking at 6 or 7 examples before settling on the 550 I bought, and it could take much longer with only so many 550s on the market at any given time. Naturally, patience is likely required to find just the right car (especially Verde). Once you do find one worth considering more closely I'd recommend traveling to lay eyes on and drive it, as even a PPI won't reveal everything. IMO, for the kind of $$ you're spending on a 550 there's no substitute for physically seeing and driving the car. At least the market has moved in your favor in recent months. Good luck!
     
  8. JMH90

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    Thanks for the kind words NE550! I couldn't agree more as far as physically seeing and driving the car, and understood as to your comment on perfection. No 20+ year-old car is going to be in the wrapper. I'm just excited to find the right car.

    JM
     
  9. ScottS

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    How many verde were sold? I have never seen one. Anyone with pictures?


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    Is Southern California to far?
    12 cylinders or walk
     
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  12. Simon^2

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    Love the exterior... I'll stop with that.
     
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  13. BMW.SauberF1Team

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    The person that spec'd it is probably red/green color blind...
     
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  14. JMH90

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    Depends on the combination! What do you have?

    JM
     
  15. JMH90

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    I saw that listing - that green is beautiful. At this point, I'm looking closely at a TDF blue example, but there is also a Giallo that may be for sale that I should have the opportunity to see shortly. If that Verde were to appear somewhere before I pull the trigger, however...
     
  16. cfensty

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    I drool over TDF on any Ferrari model. Can’t go wrong there.


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  17. JMH90

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    Hi all- just to update this thread, I am still very much in the market. I have seen, and driven, a very nice Giallo example, but the would-be seller is not necessarily ready yet! I also took a very close look at a nice TDF example, but the seller was not really in the realm of reasonable on price. Looking for you sellers with a 550 in Giallo, Verde, or TDF Blue. I'd even consider other shades of blue!
     

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