The Ferrari F512 M was launched in 1994 as an evolution of the 512 TR and the last version of the Testarossa, initially introduced in 1984. The "M" that replaced the "TR" in its name stood for Modificata, which is Italian for modified. Aside from its new name, the F512 M also received a revised version of the Testarossa’s 4.9-liter flat-12, but more importantly, the exterior styling was subjected to a significant facelift that included more conventional headlamps with plastic covers instead of the Testarossa’s pop-up units.
Production lasted two years, during which 501 examples were built, making the F512 M the rarest of the Testarossas. For reference, the 512 TR before it was built in 2,261 units, while the original Testarossa was built in no fewer than 7,177 examples. The F512 M was the last Ferrari to use the company’s flat-12 powerplant and the last mid-engined, 12-cylinder vehicle apart from the exclusive F50, Enzo, and LaFerrari engine.
In 1996, the two-door berlinetta that became famous thanks to its massive side "cheese graters" and ultra-wide rear section was replaced by the 550, a front-engined two-seater that marked Ferrari’s return to this configuration 23 years after the 365 GTB/4 Daytona had been discontinued. It’s been two decades since then, and the F512 M is slowly but surely becoming a collectible. Keep reading to find out why.
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