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1995 Ferrari F512 M Serial Number 102932
We are pleased to offer 1995 Ferrari USA F512 M s/n 102932, from new in Rosso Corsa FER 300/12 with Nero (black) leather with black carpets. The 58th of only 75 USA F512 Ms built, s/n 102932 has a well-documented history from new, from the warranty card listing the first owner in Houston Texas and service record through the first owner’s nineteen years of ownership all the way up to the current pre-purchase inspection now underway. Comes complete with all three tool trays in their leather carrying case, the spare-in-a-can and the complete set of four owner’s handbooks in their original leather pouch plus a three ringed binder with copies of the service records. F512 M s/n 102932 is mounted on the F512 M’s unique lightweight Speedline turbo-fan wheels fitted with excellent 235/45 ZR 18 Pirelli P Zero front and 295/35 ZR 18 Pirelli P Zero rear tires. Only two owners and 43,290 miles. F512 M s/n 102932 is being treated to and will be delivered with a pre-purchase inspection by Rod Drew’s F.A.I. in Costa Mesa, CA.
The original Testarossa was introduced in 1984 and was the first 12-cylinder Ferrari specifically designed for both the U.S. and a global market, with attractive integrated bumpers, U.S. friendly headlights, a user-friendly cockpit, more than adequate air conditioning and a then state-of-the-art engine-management system and catalytic converters, making it a supercar by the performance standards of the day. In deference to the American market, the Testarossa was finished in very plush leather on the seats, the rear shelf, the headliner and visors. The trunk was adequately sized and the cockpit was very comfortable, making the Testarossa the automotive weapon of choice to cover long distances, at high speeds, in comfort. For the 1992 model year the Testarossa was re-engineered and re-introduced at the 1992 Los Angeles Auto Show as the 512 TR, effectively a completely new car, as a formidable competitor to Lamborghini’s new Diablo. Engine output was up 38 hp to 428 bhp at 6750 rpm, thanks, in part, to Bosch Motronic M2.7 engine management. Top speed jumped to 190 mph while 0-60 was now just 4.9 seconds.
As the best-and-final evolution of the fabulous Testarossa series, the F512 M “modificata” was introduced at the Paris Salon in October of 1994. Styling changes were driven by aerodynamics. A nicely integrated front bumper-spoiler assembly featured the turn and park 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 striking change was the nicely integrated flush-mounted headlights behind lexan covers. Additional design changes include two NACA intakes on the trailing edge of the hood for improved cockpit ventilation. The undertray was modified for a smoother air flow and the earlier Testarossa-style rectangular tail lights (covered by strakes) were replaced with Ferrari’s more attractive and traditional round tail lights. The modular Speedline wheels were unique to the F512 M and were designed to assist in brake cooling.
The weight of the earlier Testarossa had always been problematic and so the F512 M was put on a diet with lightweight aluminum front fenders, rear quarter panels and engine cover plus a lightweight glass composite front lid. The transaxle featured revised synchros and a modified shift mechanism to make shifting both faster and more precise. The F512 M suspension featured aluminum spindle hubs front and rear, aluminum sway bar attachment pieces, new lightweight aluminum shock absorbers and the unique two-piece lightweight Speedline wheels. The combined result eliminated 150 pounds over the earlier 512 TR. The F512 M’s engine was the lightest of the 5.0L “flat 12” engines, with a lighter engine block, a 10.4 : 1 compression ratio, forged aluminum pistons, titanium alloy connecting rods and a revised billet crankshaft, combining to put out 440 hp. The 0-60 time fell to 4.7 seconds while top speed jumped to 196 mph.
As a well maintained late model Ferrari, F512 M s/n 102932 performs beautifully. Thanks to the pre-sale inspection, there are no pending mechanical issues whatsoever. The car starts easily, pulls cleanly with more than adequate power and shifts nicely into second gear, both warm and cold. The brakes are firm and haul it down from speed effortlessly. Cosmetically, this car is very nice. The paintwork is beautiful throughout. The windshield was replaced in Oct., 2014 and the front air-dam and bumper assembly are free of any paint imperfections. The car sits on four unmarked Speedline Modular wheels. The window glass and lenses are also as-new in condition. The black leather interior is very nice and the dash, which is sensitive to sun shrinkage, is in excellent condition. The driver’s seat bolster, which is another common wear area, shows well, and representative of an carefully owned, highway driven Ferrari. The engine bay and underside are near spotless. F512 M s/n 102932 is still fitted with its period correct Alpine radio and the original F512 M build plate confirming that s/n 102932 is the 58th of 75 US model F512 Ms built.
As the 1990s’ poster car for both Ferrari and Alpine stereo, the F512 M has found a new generation of buyers who appreciate the Supercar performance, user-friendly interior and controls, low production numbers, striking styling and pleasant road manners. The 58th of only 75 USA F512 Ms built, s/n 102932 has a well-documented history from new, from the warranty card to the first owner, service record through the first owner’s nineteen years of ownership and the current pre-purchase inspection now underway. Comes complete with all three tool trays in their leather carrying case, the spare-in-a-can and the complete set of four owner’s handbooks in their original leather pouch plus a three ringed binder with copies of the service records. Only two owners with a fully documented ownership and service history back to the window sticker and warranty book. Runs great, drives great, needs nothing. Priced right at $279,500 or best offer.