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.
The HGTC marked the end of this production run. Only around 90 cars left the factory with the this specified. It added c.£16,000 to the list price of a 575 at the time of launch. The HGTC gained a number of options over the standard car and FHP cars. The suspension was revised with new shock absorbers and anti-roll bars, a sports exhaust was fitted and two-piece 19” split rim alloys. Available with both a manual and F1 gearbox, the shift times on the latter we reduced. Most notably the 575 HGTC gained the 398mm Carbon Ceramic brakes as found on the Enzo. The car also received an aluminium front grille and carbon fibre inserts in the dashboard.
This LHD "HGTC" example is believed to be one of just nine manual examples built. It was first delivered by Eberlein Ferrari, Germany on December 17th 2004. Presented in its rare and in a most elegant colour combination of Argento Nurburgring over a Nero Hide interior and dark grey stitching, further options include Upgraded HiFi and Speakers, leather parcel shelf and Rosso Brake Calipers.
Today this 575 is presented in a remarkable condition, reflecting the fact that it has been fastidiously cared for from new. Covering just 33,650 Kilometres, this accompanied by its original spare key and fobs, all original books and tools and Ferrari torch. This "collectors preference" 575 is presented in concours condition and is located in our showrooms just outside London and available to view immediately. Simply an opportunity not to be missed.