Join Date: Aug 2007
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,130
Funnily enough Jem, my first post on FerrariLife in 2007 was on whether to go for a 365 GTC/4 or a 550. Back then their prices were more or less equal at circa €90,000. Since then the GTC/4 prices have held fairly static while those for the 550 have dropped further.
The 550 is in spirit and execution a modern version of the classic V12 berlinettas with transaxle, 2 seats and big V12 up front. The GTC/4 is closer to the 2+2s with gearbox in front and occasional rear seats. History shows that the berlinettas fetch more than the 2+2s. A 550 at little more than half price of a GTC/4 represents at brilliant deal to me.
However a Ferrari should be less about the head (just enough for the budget and man maths, which the 550 excels at in my humble estimation), and more about the heart, the passion. This is purely subjective and there is no one right answer. Both the GTC/4 and the 550 are beautiful magnificent Ferraris. The question is while you are preoared to give up the Maserati Indy up for the GTC/4, are you prepared to do the same for the 550?
I put my money where my mouth is and went for the 550. Part of the fun of waiting for 6 months before I collect mine and drive her for the first time, is the anticipation. The more I read about the 550, look at the pictures of my bluebird and remember the times I drive agp22 and Onno's 550s, the stronger my passion for the 550 grows.
Of course with the 550 you will be able to keep Rachel honest in her fearsome Murcielago!
Current: 365BB, 550 bluebird and a few 911's
Past: 246gt, 512BB, 308 GTB "Michalone" and a few 911's