Five years after the introduction of the 550 Maranello, Ferrari unveiled the 575M Maranello, which offered a host of upgrades over its predecessor. The displacement of its V-12 engine was increased by 250 cubic centimetres, which brought total displacement to 5,748 cubic centimetres, hence the car’s designation of 575. This also brought about a healthy increase in horsepower and torque, giving the 575M a top speed of 202 mph, and larger brake discs were fitted to help reign in the speed when necessary. Ferrari was also able to improve weight distribution to an even 50/50, which helped to improve handling.
For the first time in a front-engined V-12 model, buyers also had the opportunity to fit their new car with Magneti Marelli’s semi-automatic, F1-style gearbox. Cosmetically, the front end was slightly revised with newer headlights, a revised air intake, and a front spoiler. Inside, the interior was modernised and refreshed with an updated dashboard, trim, and steering wheel, amongst other minor updates.
Finished in the classic colour scheme of Rosso Corsa with a tan leather interior, this example was first supplied in Barcelona in 2002. With just one owner from new and five services at Ferrari dealerships, this example has been cherished and this is evident from the condition. The latest service was carried out at Joe Macari and this thorough mechanical overhaul came to £6720 in 2018 at 27,000 km. Examples in this condition are rarely available and this presents a great investment opportunity for this iconic supercar.