Ads on test: Ferrari 612 Scaglietti OTO

With low miles and excellent provenance, this late-model 612 makes a compelling case

Cost New £180,000 Price £119,995


ig, graceful Ferraris died with the 612, replaced by the more edgy, shooting brake-style FF. We loved the 612 when we tried one earlier this year, and this example is a One-to-One version that must be among the very last cars built, having been registered in October 2010.

It's covered a tiny mileage since it first rolled out of the original dealer's premises, so as you can imagine it's pretty close to showroom specification. We couldn't find any evidence of parking dings or corrosion anywhere, and neither could we find any stonechips to upset the Grigio Silverstone paintwork. The chrome-plated front grille (Cromato Bianco) is also unblemished. All the window rubbers were in perfect condition, as were the 20in Challenge alloy wheels (finished in Grigio Corsa). The Pirelli P-Zero tyres had plenty of tread.

One-to-One (OTO) cars were built specifically to the buyer's tastes – Ferrari stopped building 'stock' 612s in 2007. This car has the full bells and whistles, which entails carbon ceramic brakes, F1 Superfast gearbox and a Bose media system.

The interior feels brand new, and features Nero carpets, leather dashboard inserts, charcoal stitching and piping along with Nero diamond leather seats. No creasing or bolster wear could be found. Everything works perfectly, and the air conditioning blows ice cold (if so desired).

The service history points to studious care at Ferrari dealers, and the car will receive a full belt service before it leaves the vendor's premises.

On the road the differences between the original 612 and this example are immediately apparent. Aside from the fruitier-sounding sports exhaust, the OTO feels much sharper, and you feel more able to drive it in the manner a Ferrari should be, helped by the huge carbon brake discs. We didn't experience any faults, strange noises or untoward vibrations during our time with the car.

All 612s are rare machines, and the OTO models are particularly scarce. They represent the best of breed, with many useful upgrades over the standard car, and this has to be one of the best available on the open market. The provenance, performance and condition makes it well worth a look.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti OTO

Year:     2010
Mileage:    14,423
On sale at:    Horsepower Hangar

Engine:    5748cc, 12-cyl, DOHC
Transmission:    RWD, 6-speed F1
Power:     532bhp@7250rpm
Torque:     434lb-ft@5250rpm
Weight:     1875kg

0-60mph:    4sec
Top speed:    199mph
Economy:     21mpg

Choose your Ferrari 612 Scaglietti OTO

2004: 612 enters production, replacing the smaller 456, powered by the 5.7-litre V12 from the 575 Superamerica.

2006: HGT-S option is added. You got 19in alloys, yellow brake calipers, a sports exhaust, revised adaptive suspension and a new F1A electro-hydraulic ’box that shifts ratios in 150ms. HGT-C adds carbon-ceramic brakes.

2008: One-to-One (OTO) version launched, allowing endless customisation options. It also has the F1 Superfast transmission (100ms changes), a start button on the wheel and a Manettino switch, plus an electrochromic roof.

2010: Production ends.