Take the 2002 to 2006 Ferrari 575M (Maranello) for example. To some, it was just an updated version of the model that came before it – the 550 Maranello. However, for those who like to keep a track of historical accomplishments, they’ll point out that the 575M was the first V12 powered Ferrari to be offered with a six-speed, electrohydraulic semi-automatic gearbox with steering column mounted pedal shifters (F1 in short), and also the first front-engined production Ferrari to offer such a transmission. For the purists, a six-speed manual with three pedals on the floor was also offered.
The 2004 575M being showcased here has the F1 transmission, and has covered 26,902 km. This is not the lowest mileage Ferrari on the market, and that’s not a bad thing, because this grand touring supercar was meant to be driven, and it seems like it was.
Powered by a 5.7L V12 motor that produces 508 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque, this 2004 Ferrari 575M F1 can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, and will keep on going until it hits 325 km/h (do not try this claim, unless you’re on a high-speed track, or the derestricted section of the German Autobahn).
The unit shown here is quite well appointed, with factory options such as the interior carbon trim, yellow brake calipers, Scuderia Ferrari fender shields, among much more. It also sports some non-factory upgrades, like ADV1 wheels, KW coilovers, and a Tubi exhaust system so you can hear the V12 soundtrack even better.
This 575M, as equipped, would have sold for roughly $400,000 in Canada back in 2004. Now, you can pick this one up for just $133,985 (plus tax) from Pfaff Toronto. OK, so that is still not cheap, but given how prices of some Ferrari’s have skyrocketed in the last few years, the 575M could also one day be demanding a premium. So, it is an investment that’ll also give you a few thrills – I like that.