Ferrari 575M HGTC: Showpiece of the Week


If asked to devise the perfect GT car, what would you want? A V12 engine in the front with rear-wheel drive is, of course, a very good start; space, style, subtlety and speed would complement the package just nicely. Add in a historic badge, manual gearbox and considerable rarity and surely you'd be onto a winner. A car just like this one, in fact...

Really, it should have come as no surprise to anyone that the Ferrari 550 and 575 have appreciated so immensely over the past few years. Actually, that's not quite true; the 550's rise is understandable, given it represented the glorious return of the front-engined, V12 Ferrari flagship - but the 575's reputation isn't as clear cut. It wasn't as well received from launch, its styling was perhaps a bit fussier than the original 550 and it was forgotten ever so slightly in the wake of the staggering 599 GTB.


With deeper consideration though, the 575 is just as deserving of the recognition. Years of 550 production meant its niggles were ironed out for the 575; it had more power and better build quality (with lower running costs); and specced with the latter HGTC handling pack the dynamics were back to their best, too. Perhaps most significantly, the 575 represented the last time a manual gearbox was standard on a V12 Ferrari flagship. While there are a few 599 GTBs with three pedals and a stick, that was special order only; for the last car as standard from the factory with a manual, that's the 575.

This particular car is the dream spec: manual gearbox, HGTC package, not red - the front-engined V12s do tend to suit other colours, don't they? As a left-hand drive car it will not only suit European jaunts better as well (and be suitable to sell in more markets when the time comes), this 575 is just as rare as right-hand drive cars, the advert stating that European RHD cars are as common as LHD ones. Reportedly this is one of just nine configured this way. As Ferrari production numbers continue to rise and the manual gearbox becomes an ever more distant memory, demand for this layout is surely set to rise. 


Combine all of that with a low mileage of just 20,000 miles and a condition described as "remarkable", and it's clearer to see why it's commanding a £275k price. So while there are cheaper 550s, 575s and indeed 599s around, as a collectible spec that's still young enough to be enjoyed for a little longer, the case for this particular 575 is a strong one. And if the Daytona is anything to go by, as numbers dwindle the values may rise further still...

See the original advert here.

 




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  • wab172uk 28 Jan 2019

    I absolutely love the 550 / 575 Ferrari.

    For me, the last truly great V12 GT car Ferrari made.

  • cayman-black 28 Jan 2019

    As long as it has a manual box these are great cars, but oh my god are they awful with the F1 box.

    Mind you that price is ridiculous. An Aston Martin V12Vantage 6 speed is a far better buy and a better car imo.

    Edited by cayman-black on Monday 28th January 14:46

  • myhandle 28 Jan 2019

    A friend of mine bought a pristine, full service history, LHD, non-HGTC one of these with about twice the mileage, so hardy high mileage at c.40,000, less than a year ago, and he paid less than 70K for it.


    Edited by myhandle on Monday 28th January 15:39

  • 911Thrasher 28 Jan 2019

    HGTC transformed the car, i had a black one, should have never sold it

  • Leigh-o70eq 28 Jan 2019

    Drove one of these back to back with 3 other cars and this was the most underwhelming. Wouldn't be where I would spend that sort of money.

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