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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