2007 Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE
- Just under 9,200 kilometres and two owners from new
- One of just 10 manual-transmission examples delivered to Europe
- Dealer-upgraded in 2009 to HGTE specifications; perhaps the only six-speed example upgraded to HGTE specifications
- The final Ferrari V-12 model equipped with a manual transmission; a certain future collectible
In terms of performance, the 599 GTB was a landmark car for Ferrari. It was fitted with a 6.0-litre V-12 engine derived from the Enzo and was capable of mind-bending performance. With 620 brake horsepower at 7,600 rpm, a 0–100 km/h time of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of over 300 km/h, it is a properly quick car by anyone’s standards. Even more incredible was that this performance eclipsed that of the F40 and even the Enzo and McLaren F1 in terms of acceleration, all from a car touted as a high-speed, luxurious grand tourer!
Like the 575M before it, Ferrari introduced the Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione (HGTE) package in 2009 to upgrade the 599’s already wonderful handling dynamics. Buyers could opt to add this as an option when ordering their 599, or existing owners could return their car to an authorised Ferrari dealership, where their car could be upgraded. The package includes stiffer front and rear springs with adjustable shocks, a thicker anti-roll bar, new wheels, and tyres with slightly wider front wheels. Finally, the exhaust note was retuned, and the car sits 10 millimetres lower than standard, giving it a more aggressive demeanour.
The 599 GTB presented here was delivered new to Belgium through Francorchamps Motors in Brussels. It is one of just ten European-delivery examples equipped with a manual transmission, and it was highly optioned from the factory, with a MSRP of €266,000, including options. The car was finished new in traditional Rosso Corsa over Nero and fitted with a number of optional extras, including carbon-ceramic brakes, fully electric seats with Daytona-style inserts, Scuderia shields, the Cascade Telematics navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, a Bose stereo system, and a six-disc CD changer, amongst other options. Following delivery to its first owner in June 2007, the car returned to Francorchamps Motors in 2009 and was upgraded with the HGTE package, at a total cost of €20,815.04. At this time, the car had only accumulated 2,468 kilometres on its odometer, all with its first owner.
This 599 is currently in the ownership of its second owner, who is based in the UK, and it has been wonderfully maintained and sparingly driven. It has travelled just under 9,200 kilometres from new, and it remains in remarkable condition. Recently, it has received a full service and detail by an authorised Ferrari dealership in the UK and is ready for further road use. It is important to note that the car is accompanied by its original invoice, a routine service invoice in April 2009, and the invoice from its HGTE upgrade, all from Francorchamps Motors, as well as an invoice from its recent service. Furthermore, it still retains its original set of books and manuals, both sets of keys, and a spare set of European-specification headlights, should its next owner choose to return the car to Europe.
As the last V-12 Ferrari to be offered with a manual transmission, the 599 GTB marks the end of an era. Whilst Ferrari produced many 599s with the F1-style automated manual transmission, only 30 examples were fitted with a manual transmission, with 20 destined for the United States and the remaining 10 for Europe. The car’s transmission, low mileage, and wonderful condition make it a very special automobile, and the additional upgrade of the HGTE package only increases its desirability. Simply stated, this is a collector-grade 599 that needs nothing. It is ready for its third owner in every regard.