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 have 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 cars 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 251 575 MM's were delivered to the UK making them much rarer than a 550 (457 550's were delivered to the UK).
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%). The Manual 575 is the last production 2 seat Ferrari GT car and prices in manual examples have soared as people start appreciate the 575's important place in the history of the marque.
This example is the first ever manual 575 produced, and the 2nd ever 575. Chassis 123765 is one of two Pre-production 575s built by Ferrari (the other car being 123764). These two cars chassis numbers are significantly earlier than those of production 575s and both of these cars were used to create the workshop manuals, and press releases for the 575. It is believed that this example was also present on a number of motorshow stands and in various magazine articles. Ferrari retained the car, (potentially to evaluate updates to the 575 package) until March 2003 when the car was sold via the main dealer Forza of Turin to its first private owner, in turn the car's most recent 2nd owner bought the car from Forza in 2013 and kept the car in Geneva for just one year. The car is presented in stunning Argento Nurburgring with Blue leather and has covered a total of 27,000 miles from new - it is now UK registered.
This significant and important 575 is in superb condition and ready to be used and enjoyed immediately.
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