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One of Only 20 6-Speed Manual Examples Built for the US Market | Less Than 350 Original MilesJ. Friedkin, Houston, Texas (acquired new from Ferrari of Houston, Texas)Private Collector, Austin, Texas (acquired in 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in 2006, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano supplanted the 575M and continued a company tradition of building front-engine V-12 sports and GT cars, which began with the original 166 MM Berlinetta and endured through the late 1960s, with classics such as the 275 GTB and 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Taking its name from its engine displacement – 5,999 cc – the 599 GTB Fiorano would feature Ferrari’s most innovative advancements at the time, and brought F1 racing technology and engineering to the road.
The 599’s aggressive body design, penned by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari design director Frank Stephenson, married style with aerodynamics. It featured prominent flying buttresses, which gave the 599 an elegant fastback profile and also generated additional downforce. At the foundation of the model was an aluminum monocoque chassis that was both lighter and stiffer than the 575’s, to the advantage of dynamics and a near-perfect front-rear weight distribution of 47:53.
While the car would continue to ride on an unequal-length double-wishbone suspension like its predecessor, it employed a Delphi-sourced semi-active suspension system. Utilizing magnetic fluid in the dampers that could change viscosity almost instantly, the suspension could be almost infinitely adjusted to suit road conditions and the driver’s wishes.
Up front, a revised version of the six-liter V-12 found in the Enzo supercar produced 612 hp at 7,600 rpm, making it the most powerful series-production Ferrari road car of the time. As a result, Ferrari’s new flagship would have truly breathtaking performance: 0–60 in 3.5 seconds, 0–100 in 7.4, and a top speed of 205 mph.
Well-equipped, the 599 was available with a wide variety of personalized options inside and out. Although the vast majority of buyers opted to outfit their 599 with the F1-style transmission, a small number of enthusiasts could not resist the call of Maranello’s traditional gated manual gearbox, and the 599 GTB was the last Ferrari model to be offered with this classic arrangement.
Such is the case with the 599 offered here. Delivered new to Ferrari of Houston, Texas, it was sold to its first owner, J. Friedkin, also of Houston, who custom ordered this 599 GTB with the six-speed manual transaxle.
One of only 32 believed produced for worldwide consumption, and a mere 20 built for the US market, this 599 was outfitted in the very attractive color combination of Rosso Rubino over beige leather interior. The factory options listed on this 599’s window sticker are extensive and include the carbon-ceramic brake system, aluminum painted calipers, 20" Monolithic wheels, electric Daytona-style seats, Scuderia shields, navigation system, rear parking sensors, as well as myriad interior customizations such as special-order piping and stitching, leather headliner, carbon fiber interior trim, and a rear shelf upholstered in leather with diamond stitching. All told, the original MSRP of this Ferrari was $311,161.
In March 2011, the 599 was acquired by its second private owner, who maintained it with the rest of his Ferrari collection in a climate-controlled facility. Under current ownership, at the time of cataloguing, the Ferrari’s odometer displays just 333 original miles. With known history from new, and accompanied by records indicating regular authorized Ferrari dealership service, this 599 remains in virtually as-new condition, with all components reported to function accordingly.
This exceptional 599 GTB is offered with its complete set of books, unopened tool kit, battery tender, keys, window sticker, and VIP build book. The opportunity to purchase a late-model Ferrari with the iconic-gated shifter is a seldom-seen occurrence, and an opportunity to purchase the last manual gearbox, 12-cylinder Ferrari model ever made – in essentially showroom condition – is an unrepeatable event.