As car enthusiasts, we’ve all got a short list of “the cars that got us into cars”. This one, the Ferrari 550, is definitely on my list.

I remember back in 6th grade, sitting in some doctor’s office reading an actual magazine. It might have been Road and Track, or maybe Motor Trend, but they had a brand new yellow 550 Maranello as their feature article.

I was instantly hooked, and became obsessed with all things Ferrari. I wanted to grow up the be the CEO of Ferrari, not a fireman or astronaut like the other nerds in my 6th grade class. There were rumors spread about me that my family owned two Ferrari’s.

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Fast forward 20 years, I’ve got two kids instead of two Ferrari’s, and only enough disposable income to snag this 1/18 550 off eBay at a bargain. I did have a silver one, but that was kind of broken. The 550 meant too much to me to... who am I kidding, eBay suggested it so I watched it and won the auction for a ridiculously low price.

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Introduced in 1996, the 550 was the brands first front-engined, two-seat grand tourer since the iconic 356 Daytona. It’s goal was to replace the Testarossa as Ferrari’s flagship, complete with a quieter, comfier ride. I always thought of this car as the gentleman’s Ferrari, and represents my favorite era in the history of the automaker from Maranello. That might be my 90's kid bias though...

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