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post #1 of 25 Old 06-17-2014, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think about the 550 ?

Maybe i am interested to buy a Maranello.
Do you think that in the years the 550 will can maintain its current value or even increase it ?
Now that it's almost historic, i doubt it will lost value.

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Matthew- No telling what will happen to prices, but if you buy one we can guarantee you will get your money's worth of enjoyment driving her.

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↑↑ What Taz said. The 550 is an investment in your quality of life, not in your bank accounts. If you can afford one, buy one. Then drive the hell out of her.
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The car was built to be driven. If you want to make money, buy a financial product. If you want a grin, buy a V12 Ferrari!

I don't even care about the miles I do, I've driven from Scotland to Maranello in mine the past fortnight and it's been brilliant. Who cares what it's worth
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While I agree that you should not buy a 550 as an investment, I do believe that it is a car that is unlikely to lose value and, in the longer term, like all 2-seater V12 Ferraris before it, will be worth more tomorrow than it is today. In the micro-market that is the UK, they have already shown significant growth - I bought my 550 18 months ago for 45K and have been told on good authority that I could sell it tomorrow for 65K. That growth, however, may not be sustained.

I look at it this way: if I find the time to use my car as I should like to do, I shall get a return on my investment by way of enjoyment on which I could never place monetary value; if I do not find the time to use it as much as I want, which sadly is probable, then I shall at least have the compensation of a financial return on my investment instead. It's a win / win position.

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I look at it this way: if I find the time to use my car as I should like to do, I shall get a return on my investment by way of enjoyment on which I could never place monetary value; if I do not find the time to use it as much as I want, which sadly is probable, then I shall at least have the compensation of a financial return on my investment instead. It's a win / win position.
Yes, in fact i look it at the same way. I'm not interested that tomorrow the car will value tot more, it's not an investment for me.
Only that i would a car that a tomorrow don't lost much of its value but that remain, more or less, at the same value of now.
Unfortunately i'm a rational person, and since money don't grow on the trees, i don't do almost ever a purchase if i already know that a tot of that money will lost.

P.S. Yes, i've already seen that in the micro-market of UK, the 550 value much more that in the rest of europe. Especially with the currency change from euro.

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I personally think a nice 550 will keep it's value. I'd like to have one.
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Love the model, go for it imo.

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I bought mine in Feb this year, 5 months later I have covered 6000 miles! It eats the miles, and is thoroughly enjoyable. For at least the next 4-5 years I can not see a huge rise in 550-575 prices, but instead a "stay" in prices.

I use mine every day, and every day I'm grinning from ear to ear.
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For the 550 lovers, here's few pics I took at the shop couple days ago.

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And a few more.

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Love it-

In those colours. Such muscular and powerful lines.All the better in Rosso.

I need one.

Thanks for the images.

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In those colours. Such muscular and powerful lines.All the better in Rosso.

I need one.

Thanks for the images.

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OK then, here are some more (incidentally, my car was also rosso / nero when I acquired it) which may encourage you to get one!
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Why is the centre console different between RHD & LHD?
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Why is the centre console different between RHD & LHD?
That's the little optional center storage console that we typically didn't have in the US version, but you do in the European and RHD versions.

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John- That interior came out really nicely. Who did the work for you? I will be converting my 575M charcoal standard seats to cuoio with charcoal Daytona stripes in the future, leaving the rest of the trim in charcoal.

John C- Affirmative, the parts catalog in the 550 shows that as a RHD only glove compartment. Optional on all 575Ms and slightly differently shaped, it was called a Tunnel Glove Compartmen on build and option sheets and window stickers.
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That's the little optional center storage console that we typically didn't have in the US version, but you do in the European and RHD versions.
I was meaning more the pen holder next to the gear lever, and the fact the mirror control panel is in a different place. Just wondered why they did that
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John- That interior came out really nicely. Who did the work for you? I will be converting my 575M charcoal standard seats to cuoio with charcoal Daytona stripes in the future, leaving the rest of the trim in charcoal.

John C- Affirmative, the parts catalog in the 550 shows that as a RHD only glove compartment. Optional on all 575Ms and slightly differently shaped, it was called a Tunnel Glove Compartmen on build and option sheets and window stickers.
The re-trim was done by a guy in Surrey (a bit far to send your car!) who (allegedly) re-trimmed a couple of far more valuable Ferraris for Pete Townshend. To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the quality of the work, but, yes, it does look very nice and gives the whole car a lift. It is actually beige rather than cuoio, but I am sure that it would look just as good in black / cuoio. I did it because I find all-black interiors too claustrophobic for my liking, preferring something a bit lighter. Starting with all-black, you can re-trim as much or as little as you like, panel by panel, to come up with your personal interpretation of "black and tan" (though this might not appeal to the Irish contingent!!). It's a colour scheme I first encountered when I bought a second-hand Merc CLK500 about 8 years ago (I still have it). That inspired me to spec. my current Merc E-class estate in a similar colour combo, and I was very pleased with the rsult. So when I found my 550 in Rosso / Nero, I realised what could be done with an all-black interior as a starting point.

The little tray on the tunnel is perfectly useless - anything you put in it flies across the car the first time you go around a corner! The one next to the gear lever looks far more useful.

Best wishes, John
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John- I recognized the beige, and like it much better than the crema so popular in the UK and Australia. Cuoio (natural or saddle leather) is quite a bit darker. She looks really nice in beige and black and the quilted shelf and headliner are a nice touch.

Charcoal is lighter than the 8500 Nero color, sort of light black or very dark gray. With red stitching it actually looks pretty good, but I think the cuoio seats will look much better, especially with Daytona pattern charcoal stripes. Charcoal with red stitching shown in dash shot below.
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Why is the centre console different between RHD & LHD?
Your right mon the fish, the LHD cars have a different set up around the shifter. It is situated further over to the drivers side, leaving room for the small nook to the right, but the RHD cars' shifter is centrally positioned so no space for the nook. I do remember hearing a reason for it but if I remember rightly it was a bit paper thin, so I just put it down to a quirk of design. Someone will chime in with a reason I'm sure.....

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