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Having been launched back in 1996, the years that elapsed until 2002 allowed manufacturers like Aston Martin to close on Ferrari's 550. However, although it was still a superior car to Aston's all new Vanquish, Ferrari upped the stakes with their revamped 575M. A sharper, faster and lighter GT, set up wise, the 575 features an advanced electronic adaptive damper control system that instantly configures itself according to road conditions. Weight was reduced to 1730kg and special attention was paid to improving the brakes with bigger Brembo cross-drilled and ventilated discs. Redesigned lightweight wheels improved brake cooling along with supplementary ducts carved out from each corner of the front bumper. Otherwise, the 550's shape had been subtly tweaked here and there, but more wholesale changes were made to the cabin including an all new dash, instrument binnacle, door panels and seats.
575's boast an impressive 203mph top speed, 4mph up on the outgoing 550, which made them Ferrari's first front-engined production car capable of exceeding 200mph - acceleration takes just 4.25 seconds to sprint to 60mph. Another benefit of the 575 is the superior build quality over a 550 coming as result of a number of successive F1 world championships. As a result this is reflected throughout the car and truly appreciated when looking at drastically reduced servicing costs in comparison to a 550.
Just 246 Manual 575s were built worldwide, strangely the UK appetite for these cars was very strong and over a quarter of the production were UK supplied cars. 69 manual transmission examples were delivered to the UK (28% of all produced, whereas UK market allocation is usually closer to 5%). This means that in European specification a Left hand Drive car is as rare as a Right Hand Drive car. The Manual 575 was the last effective production 2 seat Ferrari GT car and prices of manual examples have soared as people start appreciate the 575's important place in the history of the marque, their desirability and their collectability.
This LHD "Fiorano Handling Pack" example was first delivered to Canazei, in Northern Italy in May 2003 by Ineco Ferrari and until now has remained with its original and only owner who regularly returned the car to the servicing dealer for servicing. Presented in its original and most fetching colour combination of Rosso Corsa over a Nero Hide interior, further options include the crucial Fiorano Handling Pack, Upgraded HiFi and Speakers, leather parcel shelf, Scuderia Wingshields, and Rosso Brake Calipers. The car's service history is documented by the original maintenance book supplied with the vehicle.
Today the car is presented in a remarkable condition, reflecting the fact that this car has been fastidiously cared for from new and used only in a dry climate. Covering just 26,300 Miles, this 575 comes accompanied by its original spare key and fobs, all original books and tools and Ferrari torch. This one owner "collectors preference" 575 is presented in concours condition and is located in our showrooms just outside London and available to view immediately having recently received a major service. Simply an opportunity not to be missed.