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Very rare 'WSR' commemoration edition celebrating Ferrari's achievements One of only ten RHD cars destined for the UK. Offered from the stable of a significant private collection Presents superbly and could comfortably be described as immaculate. Lovely Bordeaux interior 42,786 miles. Full service history. Major service and cambelt change October 2017. Italia Autosport Condition Report Very sensibly guided compared to recent sales. Exciting opportunity for any serious collector Front-engined V12 Ferrari Grand Tourers have always been the stuff of legend since the days of the original 365 GTB/4 Daytona back in the early 1970s. This evolution has included the famous 456 model which was superseded in July 1996 by the Pininfarina designed 550 Maranello. Featuring a 485 bhp, 5,474 cc DOHC V-12 engine with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, six-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, and four-wheel ventilated Brembo disc brakes with ABS, this was indeed a “driver's car”. The Ferrari 550 also enjoyed a great amount of success in competition, often in collaboration with those talented race engineers from Prodrive in Banbury. In October 1998, Ferrari sent a lightly modified version to a 12-kilometre oval test track in Columbus, Ohio and set three new world records as follows: - A distance of 100 miles covered at an average speed of 190.2mph. - A distance of 100 kilometres at an average speed of 188.9mph. - Driving for one hour at an average speed of 184mph. To celebrate these records, Ferrari built 33 road cars to the exact specification of the record-setting car. The differences over the standard car were the Fiorano handling pack, leather-trimmed roll cage, suede-covered steering wheel, and carbon bucket seats with Daytona stitching and race harnesses. Other changes included the Scuderia wing shields, throaty sports exhaust, Corsa brake callipers, Bordeaux carpets and a ‘WSR' plaque. The WSR featured here is one of only ten right-hand drive cars destined for the UK and is finished (as are the majority of WSRs) in Grigio Titanio with a Bordeaux Leather interior. Delivered new by Stratstone of Wilmslow on 1 March 2000, it has pleasingly remained in the UK ever since and is now offered from the stable of a significant private collection where it has been residing since 2014. During this period it has been looked after by the knowledgeable team at Italia Autosport with a major service and cambelt change carried out in October 2017. The car presents superbly and could comfortably be described as immaculate. The interior is in equally lovely condition and all the interior plastics have recently been refurbished. We understand that the car is also 'mechanically superb' and will be accompanied by an 'Italia Autosport Condition Report'. The original books and manuals in the dedicated Ferrari wallet are with the car as are the toolkit, two keys, and three alarm fobs. The MOT is valid until 12/03/2019. Service history: 10 May 2001 5,432 miles. Ferrari franchise agent 1 February 2002 9,896 miles Ferrari franchise agent 29 November 2002 14,856 miles Ferrari franchise agent (cambelt change) 16 October 2003 18,771 miles Ferrari franchise agent 25 June 2005 20,187 miles Ferrari specialist (cambelt change) 26 July 2006 23,631 miles Ferrari franchise agent 30 May 2007 26,500 miles Ferrari specialist 31 January 2008 28,231 miles Ferrari Specialist (cambelt change) 26 June 2009 34,012 miles Ferrari specialist 12 November 2010 37,337 miles Ferrari specialist 3 November 2011 38,749 miles Ferrari specialist (cambelt change) 12 December 2012 40,061 miles Ferrari specialist 15 July 2014 40,844 miles Ferrari specialist (cambelt change) 27 August 2015 41,673 miles Italia Autosport 31 August 2016 42,456 miles Italia Autosport 19 October 2017 42,771 miles Italia Autosport (cambelt change) Current indicated mileage 42,786 miles. This amazing Ferrari can be inspected prior to the auction viewing day but strictly by prior appointment. Very sensibly guided compared to recent sales, this beautiful and rare edition of the 550 Maranello opens the door to a very exclusive club and represents an exciting opportunity for any serious collector.