It’s been at least six years since I last drove a Ferrari 575M Maranello. The front-engined, V12 grand tourer went out of production in 2006 when it was replaced by the 599 GTB Fiorano, but the 575M and its 550 Maranello predecessor remain right at the top of my personal list of all-time favourite Ferraris (that I’ve driven).

So it’s a real treat to have the chance to climb back behind the wheel of one at Rockingham Motor Speedway and remember what a deeply desirable car the 575M was, and still is.

Our black 05-plate test car is no ‘ordinary’ 575M, either. As part of the Ferrari Approved used car scheme, it has been subjected to an extraordinarily rigorous set of checks and returned to such immaculate condition that it can now be sold with a full, official 12-month Ferrari warranty.

Ferrari Approved in pics