1995 Ferrari 512M
- 1 of 75 in US
- 9148 original miles
Third and last among the Pininfarina designed Ferrari Testarossa series was the fantastic 512M. Ferrari built 501 512Ms in total, 75 in right hand drive, over the course of only a year from 1995 to 1996 and retailed for $220,000.
While retaining the iconic and classic shape and styling cues such as the dramatic straked air intakes on the doors of the Testarossa, the 512M received some design changes front and rear such as the pop-up headlights being replaced by square-shaped recessed lights under clear lenses.
The front bonnet was reshaped and features twin NACA ducts. Fog lights were changed from the familiar large rectangular lights to smaller round lights integrated into the snowplow nose. Likewise, the rear tail lamps changed from the familiar straked wrap around rectangular to round as the restyled rear end was cleaned up for a more refined and smoother overall look.
As with each iteration of the Testarossa, Ferrari refined the 512TR and 512M to be more comfortable, easier to drive with better handling and brakes, improved shifting position and other detail ergonomic touches such as moving the cigarette lighter for easier accessibility.
Aesthetically, the interior received minor changes such as the chromed gear shift knob, drilled aluminum pedals and air conditioning was included as a standard feature.
Under the engine bonnet, Ferrari used the tried and true 4.9 liter Tipo F113 G 12-cylinder Boxer engine mid-mounted longitudinally. The traditional Boxer engine provides a lower center of gravity and therefore better balance in the big car and was directly derived from Ferrari’s various Formula One and sports car racing activities.
However, the biggest difference lays within the engine as Ferrari changed to new titanium connecting rods and new crankshaft which together weighed sixteen pounds less than its predecessors. The weight reduction helped as engine performance was enhanced pushing the car from 0 to 62MPH in 4.7 seconds and 0 to 100MPH in 10.20 seconds and a top speed of 196MPH.
This 1994 Ferrari 512M #675 is one of only two done in Rosso Metallizzato Monza (a deep metallic burgundy) with handsome tan interior. The car is ultra clean inside and out and has obviously been well cared for during its life and comes with complete tool kit. With its unique, eye catching color and beautiful presentation, the car is a certain winner at relevant Concours d’Elegance events and right at home on the open road.
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