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Eventually - getting a V12 again

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by LVP488, Jun 29, 2020 at 2:21 PM.

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  1. LVP488

    LVP488 F1 Rookie

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    ... For some years I have been in the dark, having switched from the 599 V12 to the 488 turbocharged V8.
    While I still believe the 488 is a great car - and yes, I am definitely keeping it - I have been missing the magic of a V12.
    Since the 488 will continue to be used when performance is required (essentially trips including some track laps), the V12 will more be about the experience and classic feel... while still providing usability.
    Of the 12-cylinder cars I previously owned (testarossa, 550, 575, 599) the 550 was the obvious choice.
    So this morning I signed for this one, January 2000, 19,000 miles; it will be with the dealer for about three weeks to have minor things sorted out (including restoring the black painting where it needs to be, as well as new timing belt) and hopefully I will post more details afterwards ;)
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  2. Bluebottle

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    Good choice!:):):)
     
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  3. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Very pretty, Looks like she may be slightly lowered.
     
  4. wbklink

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    congrats ...great car :)
     
  5. Cargt63

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    Could you enlighten me why you chose the 550 over the 575/599? I desire to acquire a V12 myself and am thorn. Thanks!
     
  6. wbklink

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    My guess would be Manual Transmission :)
     
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  7. tres55

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    Manual, Looks, Value, etc. etc. :D

    Congrats...good call on repainting the lowers back to matte black. Looks weird without it.
     
  8. rubenpadron

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    Beautiful! Welcome back to the 12!

    Ruben
     
  9. Bluebottle

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    Or just that he is a man of good taste and sound judgement.:D:D:D
     
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  10. hwyman

    hwyman Karting

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    Its the ease of use, comfort, transmission, classic chassis.
     
  11. LVP488

    LVP488 F1 Rookie

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    For a single Ferrari I would go for a 599 over the 550, but for a V12 to complement the 488 the 550 makes more sense - it's not as versatile as the 599 (by today's standards the 550 is slow on a track, whereas the 599 could still impress with its Enzo-derived engine) but for a more specific (and somewhat nostalgic) use the 550 ticks all the boxes.
     

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