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Coachwork by Pininfarina
As the successor to the celebrated 550 Maranello, the 575M – “M” for Modificata – debuted at the 2002 Geneva Auto Show to acclaim and delivered more of everything that made its predecessor so great. Powered by a thoroughly updated version of Ferrari’s outstanding 65° V-12 engine, enlarged to 5.75 liters and 508 bhp, the 575M’s massive forward thrust was harnessed by a comprehensive suite of refined aerodynamics, braking upgrades, and a new adaptive-damping suspension system. Interior revisions provided an enhanced driving experience and even greater levels of comfort and convenience. As anticipated, performance of the 575M was – and remains – incredible by all measures, and it gained instant fame as the first front-engine Ferrari model to exceed the magical 200-mph barrier.
The staggering performance of the 575M was not achieved at the expense of user-friendliness and comfort. The model has consistently been praised by magazine road testers for being disarmingly user-friendly and quite easy to drive. Production of the 575M spanned from 2001 to 2005 with just 2,056 built, including 1,810 with Ferrari’s new F1 Electro-hydraulic gearbox with paddle-shift. Just 246 of them were equipped for hard-core driving purists with a six-speed manual gearbox controlled via Ferrari’s classical gated shifter. As few as 84 such cars are thought by the consignor to have been imported when new to the US.
Finished in exceptional Grigio Titiano (Titan Gray), this very rare six-speed, manual-gearbox 575M was sold new during August 2002 by Ferrari of New England, equipped with desirable options and features including luxurious Rosso (Red) full leather upholstery, Daytona-style seats with embossed Ferrari Prancing Horse motifs, a quilted leather rear luggage/parcel shelf, matching leather key fob, and hi-fi audio system. Only four owners and an approximate 16,500 miles are documented from new, with consistent tracking on both the CARFAX and AutoCheck history reports that are included within the auction dossier. The Ferrari has just received a 30,000-mile major service in December 2016 and the consignor advises this 575M performs as it should.
A truly thrilling find at auction, this 575M is offered complete with original owner’s manuals and booklets, warranty cards, informational pamphlets, and more, in their leather folio. There also are Ferrari floor mats, the unused tool case and tire inflator – still wrapped in plastic – both keys and remotes, and radio-code cards. An outstanding, “Blue Chip” 575M, this example surely ranks among the upper echelon of modern Gran Turismos. With its low documented mileage, desirable optional equipment, and pure Ferrari heritage, this unmistakably beautiful 575M exemplifies its maker’s time-honored V-12, front engine, rear-drive berlinetta lineage.