Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1995
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    ZFFVA40C000101873
  • Engine number 
    39339
  • Lot number 
    17109
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Performance 
    329 PS / 242 kW / 325 BHP

Description

  • Stunning and super rare, one of only 41 UK RHD manual box 512 examples produced
  • Superbly presented in Rosso Red with an excellent Crema leather interior
  • Showing just 46,200 miles and on offer from long-term ownership
  • Supplied with a comprehensive history file with some invoices and old MOTs
  • Registration KU 18 is not included in the sale of the car

The third and final evolution of the latter-day Testarossa, the F512M (for 'modificata') represented the best Ferrari could offer in terms of a pure physical V12 experience, thanks to its manual gearbox, a power output increased to 440bhp and its rear mid-engine configuration. A styling overhaul introduced exposed, rather than retractable headlights, redesigned front and rear bumpers and new round tail lights. Interior quality was also improved and with just 500 examples produced, the 512M is a genuinely sought-after and rarely come to market.

This lovely UK-supplied, right-hand drive, 512M is one of only 41 produced for the UK Market and was supplied on the 5th of June 1995 by Lancaster Ferrari of Colchester, finished in Rosso Red with Crema leather. Just 501 examples were made in total for this run-out 512 model prior to the arrival of the front engine 550 Maranello. This example has been with its current dealer proprietor since September 2003 and has been cossetted by him during that time and stored in a de-humidified environment during that period. It has been used sparingly in the last 10 years and clocking up just 300 miles! The car comes with its original Tan Leather bound book pack containing the owners handbook, service book and various other marketing aids along with a JVC owners manual. The service book details 8 services by Lancaster, 2 by Foskers of Brands Hatch and the balance by our vendor. In with the history file is an invoice by the current custodian for £2,255 for the all-important cam belt replacement in August 2018 and a full service along with an MOT.

Within the separate history file are some old invoices and no less than 21 old MOT Certificates helping to confirm the cars mileage. Supplied with the car is the original Tool Kit encased in its Tan Leather holdall and also a full dust cover. Very rarely do these cars come to market and this one is fresh after 18 years and is sure to generate good interest. Please note that the registration KU 18 shown in the photos is no longer with the vehicle and it now shows as M527 SGY

Although the 512M was the final development of the Testarossa, it was the distillation of a decade of small improvements and had obviously been to the gym, lost a bit of weight, toned those biceps and had a bit of a facelift. The one dimension that hadn’t changed was East to West and the 512 still looked a fraction wider than your average US aircraft-carrier, however, despite its white line-straddling profile, it feels nimble and civilised to drive and not at all intimidating. Its looks have remained dramatic, however, and still generate the open-mouthed disbelief that was much in evidence in Paris in 1984 when we got our first look at the Testarossa, but whilst the prospect of owning a top-of-the-range, mid-engined, Continent-munching Ferrari seemed a dream back then, this superbly presented, low mileage, impeccably maintained 512M is sensibly guided and eminently attainable.