World Speed Record edition Ferrari 550 to be auctioned

A rare 'World Speed Record' edition Ferrari 550 Maranello is to be sold by Silverstone Auctions during its upcoming dedicated Ferrari Sale on May 18

A seldom found special edition Ferrari 550 Maranello ‘World Speed Record’ will be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at its upcoming auction dedicated to the marque on May 18 at Silverstone Circuit.

The highly collectible sportscar is one of only 10 right-hand-drive models from a total production run of 33 vehicles – built to commemorate the world speed records set by a modified Ferrari 550 Maranello in Ohio in 1998. Claiming three titles, the Ferrari shot straight into the record books:

  • Covering 100 miles at an average speed of 190.2mph
  • Driving for one hour at an average speed of 184mph
  • Covering 100 kilometres at 188.9mph

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Built to the exact specification blueprinted by the record-breaking Ferrari, pristine examples rarely come up for sale – making this one of the star attractions during the Sale of Ferraris in association with the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain.

‘We’re delighted to have consigned this one of 10, special edition production car to our inaugural Ferrari dedicated auction and to be offering our customers the chance to own a piece of Ferrari history,’ said Guy Lees-Milne, general manager, Silverstone Auctions.

The ‘WSR’ edition features a 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine with Bosch Motronic fuel injection mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Special features include the Fiorano handling pack, suede-covered steering wheel, leather-trimmed roll cage, carbon bucket seats with Daytona stitching and race harnesses alongside ‘WSR’ commemorative plaque.

The exterior features Scuderia wing shields, sports exhaust and bespoke brake calipers.

The car is currently presented in mint condition, described as immaculate, reading just 42,786 miles from new. The sale estimate is £140,000 - £170,000.

‘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. We expect strong demand on auction day and invite prospective buyers to contact Silverstone Auctions to arrange an inspection of the car,’ concluded Guy.

The car will be offered for sale accompanied by an Italia Autosport condition report, the original books and manuals and leather wallet, Ferrari toolkit, two keys and three alarm fobs.

To find out more about the 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello ‘WSR’ edition for auction and the Sale of Ferraris in association with Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain visit the Silverstone Auctions website.

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