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In 1996, Ferrari introduced the 550 Maranello in a bid to revive their fabled line of grand tourers, and it quickly proved to be an overwhelming success. Six years later, in 2002, the 575M Maranello appeared bringing with it a host of healthy updates adding additional potency to an already incredible car. Increasing the displacement of the V-12 by 250 cubic centimetres to 5748 cc, resulted in 508bhp and 434lb/ft of torque, 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and an advertised top speed of 202 mph. The front end was slightly revised with new headlights, a redesigned air intake and front spoiler, and the weight distribution was improved to 50/50. A choice of 6-speed transmissions was available – a conventional manual gearbox and, for the first time on a Ferrari V12, Magneti Marelli’s semi-automatic (electro-hydraulic manual) ‘F1’ gearbox. Further mechanical improvements included bigger brakes and an adaptive suspension set-up (the four independent suspension units are also controlled by the gearbox, to minimise pitch throughout the 200-milliseconds gear shift time). Inside, the interior was modernised and refreshed with an updated dashboard, trim, and steering wheel. Only 158 575Ms were delivered to the UK with the F1 gearbox and 64 with the manual box making a UK-supplied example still rather an exclusive car to own.
First registered on 13th December 2002, this 575M Maranello had been very tastefully specified with Rosso Corsa paintwork and Nero leather interior including Daytona seats. The specification also included the F1 paddle-shift gearbox, 19" Modular wheels, Red brake callipers and Scuderia Ferrari wing shields. The tool kit is also present with the spare wheel, original cover, Ferrari battery charger, spare keys, and the Ferrari book pack containing the service booklet stamped to date with the most recent service including cam-belts dated May 2018 at a highly regarded Ferrari specialist. The history folder contains a wealth of supporting invoices and old MOTs corroborating the 21,020 miles displayed on the odometer.
Today this example presents very well, the paintwork retains a deep gloss and the interior shows very little sign of wear, evidently a well-cared-for car always stored correctly and just two previous owners. The 575M Maranello offers a very useable 'modern-classic' Ferrari GT that is both powerful, elegant and comfortable. Mechanically the 575M has a reputation for excellent reliability when maintained correctly, so you wouldn’t hesitate, given the opportunity, to book the tunnel, turn the key, and aim for the south of France, enjoying the scenery whilst the locals enjoy the sight and sound of one of Maranello’s finest GTs go howling through.