Wyo 550 is a 1997 Ferrari 550 Maranello!
"550" is for engine displacement: 5.50 liters (about 340cubic inches)
"Maranello", Italy, manufacturing home of Ferrari
This car's serial number is 172678
and within the factory, assembly # 26178
This stunning, first year example of Ferrari's worldwide production run of about 3,700 Maranello
Berlinettas (front engined coupes) is finished in the color, "Giallo Modena" or
Modena Yellow-- not "Fly Yellow".
Yellow is the official color of Modena,
("MODE-na") Enzo Ferrari's birthplace in northern Italy. And this is why Giallo Modena is
also the background color of the Ferrari Scuderia shield.
The mistaken notion that a "real Ferrari" is red is based on that body color being assigned to Italian
automobile racing teams for the past 80-some years.
So, the most historic color for a
"real Ferrari" is actually Modena Yellow.
And baby, this Great Yellow Shark in an Armani suit can't be confused with any other manufacturer's little red
Here she is, alongside the Hoback River in northwestern Wyoming, about 40 miles south
of Jackson Hole in September, 2004.
In October 1998, an intelligently-modified 550 set world speed records for sustained, high-speed
driving in a production car: Posting 182 mph average over 100 miles, 100 kilometres
and in one hour. The site of that record was the 12km oval at the Transportation Research
Center (aka Marysville) outside Columbus, Ohio.
As described by Ferrari,
"The 550 used was equipped with the Carozzeria Scaglietti sports kit, stiffer shock absorbers,
helicoidal springs, modified steering, an infra-red tyre temperature control system, a
special OMP roll cage, sports seats with four point harnesses, an automatic fire extinguisher,
rapid refuelling system and an additional electronic pump in the event of failure of the
power steering or brake servo. To celebrate, 33 commemorative replicas were built between
1999 and 2000, these World Speed Record editions having been the hottest front-engined cars
you could buy from the factory."
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