Ferrari’s 612 Scaglietti was first shown to the public at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2004. Replacing the 456 GT, the 612 Scaglietti was the company’s newest car in a grand tradition of four-seater V-12 grand touring cars that could trace its roots to the 250 GTE of 1960. With flowing lines and a subtle design, this was a true “gentleman’s express”, capable of crossing continents at high speed whilst also keeping its driver and passengers in great comfort throughout the journey.
Although easily capable of carrying four adults plus their luggage, the 612 Scaglietti also benefitted from plenty of performance, keeping with its fabled heritage. With 540 brake horsepower at 7,250 rpm, it could sprint to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and would go on to a top speed of 196 mph. This performance was partially in thanks to an aluminium space-frame chassis with alloy bodywork, which both reduced weight over the 456 and increased torsional stiffness by an incredible 60%, making its handling just as exciting as its top speed and acceleration.
Buyers of the 612 Scaglietti could opt for two different options of transmission, a six-speed F1 paddle-shift transmission or a traditional gated six-speed manual transmission. The vast majority of buyers opted for the newer technology available with the F1 transmission, but a handful of buyers opted for a more analogue experience with their new Ferrari. By the time production concluded in 2011, over 3,000 Ferrari 612 Scagliettis had been built, yet only 199 of these were fitted with a manual transmission, constituting just 6% of total production and ensuring future collectability for the manual transmission-equipped 612s.
Presented in Argento Nurburgring with Nero leather seats and contrasting silver stitching, these early 612 models are quickly becoming recognised as a genuine modern classic. With upgraded 599 Challenge wheels fitted (original wheels are available) and red calipers, this is very good looking example which we feel offers excellent value in the current market.