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At the Paris Salon in October of 1994, Ferrari introduced the final version of the fabulous Testarossa series - designated the F512M. The letter “M” stood for modificata, with the vehicle featuring a modified design, a modified engine/transmission and various other internal and external modifications that truly made this rendition the “beast” of the Testarossa series.
The changes to the styling of the F512M were driven by aerodynamics and are especially evident on the front of the car. There is a new integrated nose cap with trapezoidal indicator and parking lights located above the separate round fog lights. The grill opening was slightly smaller and only provides air for the A/C condenser. The most significant change was the incorporation of the fixed “homofocal” headlights behind lexan covers. Additional design changes include the two NACA intakes, installed at the trailing edge of the front lid, for improved interior ventilation. The undertray was also modified for a smoother air flow.
More of a cosmetic change, the Testarossa-style rectangular tail lights (covered by strakes) were removed and replaced with more conventional round tail lights. The unique two-piece wheels were proprietary to this model and were designed to assist in brake cooling. Other changes were made, but it would be necessary to have examples of a 512TR and a F512M to make a direct comparison.
Although the F512M was the zenith of the Testarossa series, it enjoyed the shortest production run at less than 2 years.
The UK market received just 41 RHD vehicles, making the F512M the rarest and most collectable of all 'Testarossa's'
Supplied new by Maranello Sales on 4th April 1996 as their demonstrator, with the following specification:
The UK market delivered just 41 RHD F512M's until it was replaced by the 550 Maranello making this car exceedingly rare.
Always one of our favourites, this particular car has enjoyed just one further keeper since January 1998.
A Tubi Exhaust system is supplied with the car which can be installed at the new owners request, the standard exhaust is currently fitted.
Retaining all its original Handbooks, Service Book and tools of course, the history file includes all previous MOT's bar one and any other related paperwork.
Our reputation is built on the quality of the cars we sell. Graypaul Classic Cars prides itself of providing the best possible cars in the best possible condition prepared to an exacting standard with a proven provenance.
Refurbish all 4 wheels
Replace NSF indicator Bulb
Replace OSF Front Fog Lamp
Replace NSF Headlamp
Rectify Driver’s Door Light Inoperative
Remove Tubi Exhaust and replace with Standard Exhaust and Cats
Replace Driver’s Seatbelt
Rectify Faulty Heater Control
Replace Cams seals and repaint Cam Covers
Replace missing Towing Eye
Re-gas Air Conditioning System
Carry Out Annual Service
Replace Front Tyres
As always, a full professional detail has been carried out by swissvax and this rare example is ready to be enjoyed by its new custodian.