1995 Ferrari F512M

Chassis Num: ZFFVG40A1S0101411
Sold for $462,000 at 2015 RM Sothebys.
Ferrari released an iteration of the Testarossa platform in 1994, the F512 M. At the time, the Testarossa had been in production for 10 years and development of the new 550 Maranello was not yet compete. The F512 M was given several changes over the Testarossa, including to the nose which was fitted with fixed headlights, rather than the older retractable units. The nose was restyled in similar fashion to the F355 and the 456, with new turn signal indicators and fog lamps. In the back, the styling cues from its siblings continued, with round taillights similar to those of the F355. Inside, the updates continued such as a new, more modern steering wheel, adjustable aluminum pedals, a more refined air-conditioning system, and updated trim. Completing the visual updates included new five-spoke alloy wheels.

Mechanical upgrades included work to its suspension, which now included gas-filled shock absorbers and a Bosch ABS system. The engine had the same cubic capacity and fuel-injection system as the 512 TR, but were given several upgrades internally, resulting in a rise to 440 brake horsepower. Titanium alloy connecting rods and new forged aluminum pistons were fitted, along with a lightened crankshaft, which helped to increase the compression ratio to 10.4:1. A new stainless steel exhaust was also installed.

Production of the F512M came to a close in 1996, after 501 examples had been produced, with just 75 allocated for the U.S. market.

This particular example is finished in Rosso Corsa over Beige, and is the 51st U.S-specification F512 M built. It was first sold by Ferrari of Scottsdale in January 1997 to its first private owner in Fountain Hills, Az. The car remained with that individual until his passing, and it was then sold once again by Ferrari of Scottsdale. The car is currently in the care of its second owner. It remained in Arizona until the spring of 2004, when it was shipped to the owner's summer residence in New York, where it has remained.

Currently, the car has just 11,000 miles on the odometer.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015
When Ferrari set about creating a replacement for the Berlinetta Boxer, a V12 engine, high performance, style and exemplary design were assumed. Ferrari dictated that luxury and practicality befitting the world's premier production sports car were also to be encompassed. Even as the Testarossa exerted a pull on the hearts and minds of car lovers, not to mention designers, Ferrari did not sit on their laurels. 1984's Testarossa evolved into the 512TR of 1991 and the F512M of 1995. With each evolution the styling, interior, and drivetrain were enhanced in a car that was always capable of speeds exceeding 180 mph, accelerated to 60 mph in under 5 seconds, and attained 0.9G lateral acceleration.

In 1995 the 512 TR became the F512M. Aerodynamics again drove styling changes including a new integrated nose cap wîth trapezoidal indicator and parking lights above separate round fog lights. Fixed homofocal headlights were mounted behind lexan. The car's undertray was again redesigned for improved airflow, and round Ferrari tail lights replaced the original square units.


The F512M's engine was even lighter than the 512 TR's, wîth most reduction coming internally through forged aluminum pistons, titanium connecting rods, and a revised crankshaft. The combustion chambers were reshaped, and the exhaust system was redesigned. The F512M offers 432bhp at 6750rpm and 367lbs-ft at 5500rpm.


The interior of the F512M did not change radically from that of the 512 TR, although optional racing seats seats were offered. A small storage bin was added ahead of the console, and the console itself was more fully covered in leather. Aluminum replaced plastic for the spherical knob atop the gear shifter. A new three spoke Momo §teering wheel was introduced, its rim a little thicker, and the inner rim between around the upper spokes made of carbon fiber rather than leather. The driver's pedals were replaced by adjustable ones of drilled aluminum.

Source - Ferrari
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