Enzo Ferrari has been quoted as saying "A Ferrari owner is not necessarily a Ferrari driver." In the Eighties that might have been a fair assessment of the flamboyant, nouveau riche types who bought many of the Ferrari “Testarossa” models through those years (512/512TR/F512M). And if you grew up in those Eighties you might have believed that all Ferraris had mid-mounted engines, sleek exotic lines with outlandish side strakes and a sharky nose – traits that defined those times far more than the history of the marque. That all came to a halt in 1996 when Ferrari unveiled the 550 Maranello. This was a grand touring work of art, a front-engine V12 car that discarded much of the sharper edged lines of its predecessors for a graceful long nose and a short rear deck – the quintessential lines of the grand touring car. Nothing like this had emerged from Maranello since the mid-70’s. The 550 was a GT meant for high speed cross-country travel, with all of the attendant creature comforts and luxury. Its style was sculpted by Pininfarina; Scaglietti built the all-aluminum bodywork. The six-speed manual featured a classic gated shifter with a polished metal lever and knob. The engine was a thing of beauty - a naturally aspirated 65° V12 with 4 valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams and a variable length intake manifold. It produced 478 hp at 7,000 rpm and 419 lb·ft torque at 5,000 rpm. According to Ferrari the 550 had a top speed of 199 mph, and could accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds.
By 2002 the model needed some updating, and if the 550 was good, the 575M was great. The 575M Maranello was Ferrari's muscle car - its big iron. Power was up over twenty horse power, to 508, and for the first time shifting gears came via an electronic F1 paddle-shifted transmission. The suspension was upgraded with road sensing dampers adjusting 80 times per second, delivering a very comfortable ride for a car that could nearly hit 200 mph. Unlike so many previous Ferraris you didn’t need any special skills to pilot the 575; even a 6 foot tall person fit easily behind the wheel. The car performs most magically well above 100 mph, when the new engine with its bigger bore and longer stroke comes into play. The 575M gets to 150 mph in 22.1 seconds - or 1.4 seconds quicker than the 550. 2056 575M's were produced. This 2005 model has covered only 2,130 miles since new. It’s presented in the incredible Rossa Corsa red with matching red brake calipers. Inside, the Daytona-style all leather interior contrasts dramatically in glistening black. It was auctioned by Mecum Auctions at their Kissimmee Florida event in January 2016.
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|Engine||5.7 liter V12||Weight||--|
|HP/Liter||90.4 hp per liter||1/4 mile||--|
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There is just something right about a Ferrari with a V-12 mounted between the front fenders. Variants of the Ferrari 365 fizzled out in 1989 with the last 412 rolling off the line, and it wasn’t long before Ferrari aficionados were seeking Enzo’s favored road-car formula again. Ferrari introduced the 456 in 1992 to fill the void. Remarkably unique, but only lukewarmly received, the 456 created a slight vacuum for Ferrari to quickly produce a successor. In 1996, the Ferrari 550 debuted boasting distinctively more muscular styling with clear-lens headlight coverings, a massive air intake upon the hood, two gills on the front fenders and a nearly 10-inch shorter body compared to the 456, which ceased production in 1998 with only 1,548 examples produced. The 550 was an immediate success, and largely considered one of the best-looking Ferraris ever built. In 2001 the last 550 rolled off the line, and in 2002 the first 575M filled the void. Looking remarkably similar to the 550, Ferrari knew it had a good thing going in terms of styling, but the 575 improved on innumerable aspects over the 550 including braking, transmission, engine responsiveness and power, aerodynamics, steering, weight distribution, interior style and comfort. It was also available with the new F1 paddle-controlled gear box, allowing for millisecond gear changes. A fantastic car in any regard, the 550 and 575M were instant classics. With only 2,056 575Ms produced, they’re also respectably rare. This 2005 575M is in astounding condition having covered only 2,130 miles since new. Boasting the 515 HP 5.7-liter V-12 engine linked to the F1 paddle-shift transmission, it’s presented in a magnificent shade of red with matching red calipers. Inside, the Daytona-style interior contrasts dramatically in glistening black.