1995 Ferrari F512M

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1995
  • Chassis number 
    ZFFVA40B000101013
  • Lot number 
    33
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

1995 Ferrari F512M Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. ZFFVA40B000101013

Ferrari's flagship model, the iconic Testarossa supercar revived a famous name from the Italian company's past when it arrived in 1984. A 'next generation' Berlinetta Boxer, the Testarossa retained its predecessor's amidships-mounted, 5.0-litre, flat-12 engine, now boasting a maximum power output of 380bhp courtesy of four-valve cylinder heads. Despite the power increase, smoothness and driveability were enhanced, the car possessing excellent top gear flexibility allied to a maximum speed of 180mph.

Rivalling Lamborghini's Countach for presence, the Pininfarina-designed Testarossa succeeded brilliantly, the gill slats feeding air to its side-mounted radiators being one of the modern era's most instantly recognisable, and copied, styling devices. Unlike some of its rivals, the Testarossa possessed light controls and was relatively easy to drive, factors which, allied to its outstanding performance and stunning looks, contributed to an instant and sustained high level of demand.

In 1992 the original Testarossa was succeeded by the updated 512 TR, which came with 428bhp on tap. ABS brakes were added before the 512 TR was replaced for 1995 by what would be the Testarossa's final incarnation: the F512M. For the first time there were major cosmetic changes: the original pop-up headlights being replaced by fixed lamps beneath clear covers, the grille size reduced, round tail lamps adopted, and three-piece wheels fitted. Titanium connecting rods went into the engine, which produced marginally more power and torque than before. Only 501 examples of the F512M had been completed when production ceased, making it the rarest of the Testarossa family.

Seeking a Ferrari that he believed would be a sound investment, the current vendor located this F512M in Spain early in 2015. Belonging to an elderly Spanish Ferrari collector, it had covered circa 18,400 kilometres (approximately 11,400 miles) and came with the highly desirable and rare option of lightweight carbon fibre Recaro seats. The vendor flew to Barcelona to view the F512M at the city's local Ferrari agent and found it in stunning condition: not a scratch outside; no wear inside; straight chassis rails; and suspension and underside as clean as the day the car was made. This outstanding appearance notwithstanding, a full inspection was booked despite the process taking an entire day. While the inspection was in progress, the owner revealed the lightweight Ferrari two-piece luggage set, complete with 'F512M' embossed in the leather, a highly desirable option that now commands a five-figure sum, if you can find one. Towards the end of the day Ferrari Barcelona confirmed that the car had passed with flying colours: the compression test was perfect and there was absolutely no work required.

On arrival in the UK the car was serviced by The Ferrari Centre and the headlamps converted to UK specification. Since then it has been serviced twice by marque specialists Joe Macari Servicing Ltd: in 2015 at 19,028 kilometres and in 2017 at 19,499 kilometres (the current odometer reading is 19,828 kilometres). Bills for all the UK servicing may be found in the accompanying history folder together with those accumulated in Spain. Finished in the classic colour combination of Rosso Corsa with Nero leather interior, this exceptionally well cared for example of the rarest Testarossa incarnation is offered with a UK V5C Registration Certificate and its Ferrari leather wallet containing instruction manuals and the fully stamped service booklet.