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post #1 of 18 Old 11-13-2010, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Choice 550 vs. 456

I've had Ferrari since 1964 new.
I want to buy either a 550 or a 456. I've had a Lusso, 4 Cam, Daytona and 512 BB.
I'm 65 years old.
Can the group share their thoughts on which model I should buy.
If money was no object, I'd lean toward the 550.
Thanks, John Annis
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-13-2010, 02:12 PM
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First of all, welcome to FL, jaticker. With a portfolio like that, I would get an open roadster, depending on where you are. Seriously, to answer your query, my choice is 550 between the two. I am sure others would chime in soon. Good luck with your search. w/ smiles Jimmy
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-13-2010, 03:24 PM
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550 every time for me. The styling is a classic of the 550, I owned one and loved it - as long as it has a great Service record it should be reliable as well. I've never really bought into 4 seater Ferrari's so personally I'd not get a 456.

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If you don't need 4 seats then - 550
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If you don't need 4 seats then - 550
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-14-2010, 11:50 AM
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Having owned both, definitely the 550.
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-14-2010, 11:33 PM
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Getting to be rather one-sided, but yes, the 550 also.


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post #8 of 18 Old 11-15-2010, 06:13 AM
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Well OK, I'll throw in a vote for the 456.

I think it's is one of the most elegant looking Ferrari's of the modern era. Yes, the 550 is a "better" car in most respects, but to steal an old line from Jaguar; the 456 has Grace, Pace, and Space....

I hope to have one before they're too long in the tooth.
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456 for me, and it's close. I like the slighter compact design, gives it a sporty edge for me. Not to take anything away from the v12, I'll take a 456 in TDF blue thank you very much.
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Has to be a 456, in blue the same as mine!!!!
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post #11 of 18 Old 11-27-2010, 10:55 PM
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I see we were on the swing, and now we're standing in the middle of a roundabout.


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post #12 of 18 Old 11-28-2010, 01:31 AM
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Having owned both, the 550 is much more a drivers car.
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post #13 of 18 Old 11-28-2010, 03:07 AM
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When the 456 arrived I was gobsmacked by its beauty, elegant Ferraris were finally back. Today I would definitely by the 550 as it is a better car and feels one generation step fresher.

BTW John, congratulations to your previous impressive ownership! F-cred since 1964 - you have my respect!

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When the 456 arrived I was gobsmacked by its beauty, elegant Ferraris were finally back. Today I would definitely by the 550 as it is a better car and feels one generation step fresher.
+1, but I also would like to say that the looks of the 456 have aged more rapidly to me than the 550. I thought the 456 was beautiful when it was launched, right from the photo's. In the flesh, 18 years later, it looks too plump to me. And a bit too "sweet". A Ferrari, even a 2+2 cruiser, should have an 'edge'. The 456 never had that.

In contrast, when the photo's of the 550 were released I wasn't too sure. When I saw it in the flesh, I was head over heels. And that hasn't changed. The car still looks fantastic, every time I see my car parked in the street it still has fantastic presence and dominates the scenery unless there is some serious exotic machinery parked right next to it.

This is all IMHO of course - you can't argue about taste and some will prefer the 456 over the 550 in terms of looks, which is perfectly understandable.


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Wow, Ferrari ownership from the age of 19.....nice.

550 for me...


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When the 456 arrived I was gobsmacked by its beauty, elegant Ferraris were finally back. Today I would definitely by the 550 as it is a better car and feels one generation step fresher.
+1. Was not sure about the 550 when I first saw it but the design has aged well and now seems timeless. The 456 goes seem a bit plump around the middle now and the wheels just look small by todays standards.
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-19-2010, 02:02 PM
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2 different cars.........2 different purposes. Like comparing apples to oranges.... Easier answered by do you need 2 seats or 4?
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-21-2010, 03:37 PM
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I vote for the 550, but I will admit I am biased by owning one.

It is an easy car to live with and a joy to drive - both on long road trips and the occasional spirited run through the corners on a back road.

It has many of the comforts and refinements of a modern car but without the complication of too many electronic gizmos.

Given how low the prices have dropped, it is a lot of car for the money.

I've owned mine for over 2 years now and I still gaze at the beautiful lines of its design when I see it.
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