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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. The 599 would feature Ferrari’s most innovative advancements at the time. The 599’s aggressive body design, penned by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari design director Frank Stephenson, married style with aerodynamics. At the foundation of the model was an aluminum chassis that was both lighter and stiffer than the 575’s chassis.
While the car would continue to ride on an unequal-length double-wishbone suspension like its predecessor, the 599 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 the 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 among the last Ferrari models to be offered with this classic arrangement.
Such is the case with the 599 offered here. Delivered new to JN Exotics of Honolulu and sold to its first owner on September 9, 2009, it was custom-ordered with the six-speed manual transaxle. One of only 32 believed to have been produced for worldwide consumption and a mere 20 built for the US market, this 599 was outfitted in the very attractive color combination of black over a tan leather interior. According to an accompanying CARFAX Vehicle History Report, the 599 was fastidiously maintained, visiting the selling dealer no less than nine times between 2009 and 2015, when it would again be offered for sale by JN Exotics. A comprehensive service was conducted while the car was in the dealer’s possession, and the invoice accompanies the sale. The consignor purchased the 599 in early 2016, becoming just its second owner, and the Ferrari was shipped to the mainland, where an inspection and service was performed by Ferrari Motor Service in Fountain Hills, Arizona. It has since been carefully treated with a ceramic coating and stored in a climate-controlled facility and used sparingly.
The opportunity to purchase a late-model Ferrari with the iconic gated shifter is seldom seen, and an opportunity to purchase the last manual-gearbox, 12-cylinder Ferrari model ever made is rarer yet.