17/05/2012 Editor's Choice: Ferrari 575M Maranello F1
The Ferrari 575M Maranello appeared in 2002 as an updated version of the 550 Maranello of the 1990s – a ‘proper’ front-engined, rear-wheel drive, V12 Ferrari.
Aside from the increase in engine size suggested by the name (from 5.5 to 5.7 litres), improvements for the 575M model (M is for ‘modificato’) included more power, bigger brakes, improvements in suspension and minor cosmetic changes. In 2006, the 575M Maranello was superceded by the 599 GTB, but the car it replaced remains a hugely desirable machine: a modern supercar, with flowing (but never brash) lines, in the front-engined configuration of a real driver’s Ferrari – a layout that harks back to the glorious ‘Daytona’.
Classic Driver UK dealer Cheshire Classic Cars, of Chester, has a right-hand drive example in silver, with a special-order dark blue leather interior, boasting a full main dealer service history from new. It also has the much-desired F1 paddleshift transmission (with, we’re told, 80% wear left in the clutch – an important consideration).
In ‘pristine’ condition and showing 22,676 miles on the odometer, it is offered with a full array of books and unused tools. (After all, why would you need to use tools, when you have H.R. Owen looking after the car for you?)
Priced at 81,234 euros, you can view the full advert here.