A. Kahn Design founder Afzal Kahn's first Ferrari was a 1998 550 MaranelloEnlarge Photo
In case you happen to live in a country where right-hand drive cars are allowed, Kahn’s 550 Maranello, the first 'expensive' Ferrari ever owned by the British tuner, is now up for sale in the UK. The car is being auctioned via Bonhams and is estimated to sell for between $51,000 and $57,000.
This represents pretty good value since the car’s only done about 45k miles and similar versions listed in the used car inventories section on our sister site, The Car Connection, start at roughly $70k. Note, Kahn is not the seller as he previously sold the car to its current owner in 2010, who allegedly bought it to keep in a museum.
First launched in 1997, the 550 Maranello saw Ferrari return to its tradition of building front-engined V-12 sports cars, resurrecting a line that had remained dormant since the demise of the 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ in 1974. Power in the 550 came from a 5.5-liter V-12 engine tuned to deliver 485 horsepower.
The powertrain was housed in a tubular steel chassis, to which was attached an aluminum body designed by Pininfarina. The car proved so popular that it was upgraded in 2002 to the 575M Maranello, which in 2005 spawned the famous Ferrari Superamerica that featured a rotating glass roof that could be positioned on top of the trunk for convertible driving.