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.
The 575 Maranello offered here, with chassis number 123761, is one of the earliest to roll off the production line and sports the lowest chassis number recorded for this model. In its early days the car was used as one of two pre-production models for marketing and PR purposes before going back to the factory where it remained in storage. In 2008 the car was overhauled to the exact specifications of a VIP client and then supplied ‘new’ to its first private owner directly by the factory and is finished in Rosso Corsa over a beige leather interior with Castoro carpets. It benefitted from a new power cube at this time and is also fitted with the optional F1-style transmission; as well as the highly desirable and very rare carbon-backed sport seats. This means the car was indeed the first made and yet the very last sold. Chassis 123761 remained in Italy from new until 2015 and passed to the current vendor the following year. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer is showing less than 13,000 kilometres from new. Additionally, the car retains the original set of manuals, a detailed history file, V5C log book and current MOT. Thought to be the first of two pre-production cars made, this car truly represents a piece of Ferrari history and would be a valuable addition to any collection.