Introduced in 1996, the flagship Maranello replaced more than twenty years of twelve cylinder mid-engine cars that began with the Berlinetta Boxer and was continued by the three variants of the Testarossa. Designed to recall the glory days of Ferrari's legendary front-engine sports cars (notably the 275GTB and 365 GTB/4 Daytona), the Maranello was simultaneously contemporary and classic. The Pininfarina styling evoked all the grace, proportions, and muscularity of the great vintage Ferraris without succumbing to retro design idioms. Mechanically, the car was at the cutting edge, with a quad cam naturally aspirated 485 hp V12 engine and 6-speed manual transaxle, which endowed the car with a 199 mph top speed.
This beautifully-preserved 2700 mile example has had two owners from new, having been sold new in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it has remained its entire life. A genuinely outstanding collector grade car, this example is exceptionally complete, retaining its original paint, books, car cover (still sealed in plastic), and tools. In 2017, the car received a thorough service including full belt service, new tires, clear bra, and paint correction. The common interior sticky components were also rectified at this time.