There was a time when Ferrari used to equip its exotics with stick shifts, including a few units of the rare 575M Superamerica, but that time is long gone, as the Prancing Horse has moved on to automated gearboxes
In the meantime, manual Ferrari prices have gone through the roof, signaling that collectors are more than willing to spend six or even seven figures to purchase a supercar built in Maranello that still offers the pleasure of manual gear shifting.
Produced from 1996, as a successor to the F512 M, the 550 Maranello came with a front-engine and rear-wheel drive layout right at the top of the brand’s lineup. Six years later, it was upgraded to the 575 Modificata, which eventually morphed into the Superamerica, built in a limited run of 559 examples, including 43 equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.
Delivered new in November 2005 in New York, this supercar remained in the possession of its original owner, who enjoyed it for 11,800 miles (18,990 km) before deciding to departure with it at Bonhams’ auction. It was properly serviced by Ferrari dealers only and it’s in pristine condition. The auction house expects that it should fetch between $700,000 and $800,000.