Sold for $412,500
- 5,999-cc, 611-bhp DOHC 65-degree V-12 engine
- Extremely rare six-speed manual transmission
- One of only 20 delivered to the U.S. as such
- Driven less than 16,600 miles since new
- Considered the last great analog Ferrari V-12
- Scuderia Ferrari fender shields
- 20-inch monolithic wheels
- Carbon fiber driving zone
- Rosso instrument cluster
- Bose HIFI sound system with ipod connectivity
The 599 GTB Fiorano was a ground-breaking achievement for Ferrari. Although it was touted as a dual-purpose grand touring and sports car, the 599, could easily outmatch the performance of Ferrari’s iconic F40, even with all of its luxury accoutrements. Knowing that this was a big moment for the company, Ferrari even produced a video of both cars racing on a winding canyon road, which was titled Dual for the Crown. In the end, the 599 emerges victorious and outruns the fabled F40, demonstrating the advances of Ferrari’s race-bred technology.
The 599’s engine is derived directly from the Ferrari Enzo, which, just a few years earlier, had been acclaimed as the company’s most technologically advanced supercar ever. The GTB can sprint from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, and the six-liter V-12 can produce 620 brake horsepower at 7,600 rpm, bringing the car to a speed of 205 mph. Its acceleration was faster than the Enzo and even faster than the McLaren F1, partly in thanks to its superb traction control, which was initially developed for the Scuderia’s Formula One cars.
Like its cousin, the F430, the 599 was the second Ferrari to wear the now trademark ‘il manettino’ dial on the steering wheel. This dial, with its name translating to “little lever,” features five settings to adjust the traction damper settings and to monitor the throttle mapping. This gives the driver the option of having both a docile, driver-friendly car and a no-holds-barred racer.
Like all modern Ferraris, the 599 is just as luxurious as it is fast. The interior is spacious and comfortable, with incredible attention to detail being paid throughout. Carbon fiber and aluminum are utilized on the dash, which features Enzo-style instruments and a complex LCD display that allows the driver to access a multitude of settings and in-car information. The seats, developed by Recaro, are multi-functional and have adjustable pneumatic support for the passengers’ hips and ribs, to provide a tight grip during high-speed road or circuit driving.
The 599 GTB offered here was sold new through Steve Harris Imports in Salt Lake City, Utah, and according to records, is a two owner car spending the majority of its life in California since being sold to its second owner in 2009 with only approximately 3,200 miles covered on the odometer. As it appears today, it was finished in what can only be described as a truly menacing black-over-black color combination with optional Nero leather headliner. This GTB is also equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, and although a standard feature, most customers opted for the latest F1-style sequential electronic gearbox, making the manual gate-shift transmission extremely rare. Only 20 were delivered to the United States, making these particular examples incredibly sought-after by collectors today looking for both a blue chip collectible and a 599 GTB in its rawest and purest form. According to build records, the optional equipment found on the car includes the famous Scuderia Ferrari fender shields; 20-inch monolithic wheels wrapped around carbon-ceramic disc brakes with red calipers; carbon fiber driving zone with full electric seats and Rosso instrument cluster; and a Bose HIFI sound system with Ipod connectivity.
The car today presents in like new condition with minimal wear from careful usage with nearly full tire tread on Pirelli P Zero 305/35ZR20 tires. The owner indicates that the CARFAX and Autocheck records show a well-loved, accident free example showing regular maintenance services done throughout its lifetime by Ferrari of Newport Beach with consistent mileage intervals and shows its two-year/25,000 maintenance stamp in the warranty booklet by Ferrari of Beverly Hills. This example includes of its original Ferrari books a copy of its build sheet.
Ultimately, the 599 GTB is a remarkable Ferrari and a spectacular example of 40 years of supercar progress. This thrilling black over black six-speed is truly the pinnacle of its kind and will surely please the person lucky enough to be its next caretaker.