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Autotrader Find: Ferrari 599 GTB With a Manual Transmission Swap

If you follow the world of collectible Ferrari models, you’ll know that examples with a manual transmission — which were rare from the factory, near the end — are commanding a massive premium over cars equipped with the “F1” automatic transmission. Indeed, people have done some crazy things for stick-shift Ferrari models, including pay twice the going rate for one — or, in this case, swap over a manual into an automatic car.

The vehicle you see here is a 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB that’s relatively similar to other 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB models, except that it started life as an automatic, and it now has a manual. This is actually doable with the right skill set and parts: Back then, Ferrari automatic transmissions were sequential manual units, meaning they were just stick-shift models with an automated clutch. Conversion is a challenge, but not an impossibility, as it would be on dual-clutch vehicles of today.

Better yet, conversion can happen using entirely factory parts, since Ferrari made some (albeit, very few) manual-equipped 599 models. As a result, a skillful worker can remove the shift paddles, stick in a manual transmission lever, install a clutch pedal in the driver footwell, solve all the problems under the hood, and have precisely the transmission that’s been so desirable in the last few years.

The question, of course, is: What price is the market willing to pay for a non-factory manual? This particular 599 GTB is listed with 4,400 miles by Boardwalk Ferrari in the Dallas area for $449,000, which is well outside the range of a regular 599 — but it’s hardly a regular 599. Just how special someone thinks it is — and thus how much they’re willing to pay — remains to be seen.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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  1. It’s so odd that all of these old or new classics put such a huge premium on a manual and yet it is becoming increasingly impossible to get a new car with a manual since the auto manufacturers are claiming that ‘no one wants it’.  Seems that there are more than a few of us that do…and are willing to pay for it

  2. Price is insane, this was a $200k car with a $30k conversion.  I know factory original manual 599s go for more, but that value is in the rarity.

  3. I think the better question is, what does the conversion cost?  If it’s really this do-able on the F1 transmissions, there are plenty of sub-$125k F430s out there to start with.  

    • Plenty of discussion on the Ferrari forums. Looks like $25k with about half being the high cost of Ferrari labor.  Seems the most challenging part is finding the parts.

    • 100% see this as a place a specialty shop could make some serious cash.  Be the 1 shop that does it right and the best and think of all the cheap 360, 430, and California’s (not sure if the transmission can do this in a California) out there.  

  4. The 599 Fiorano was the last Ferrari offered with a manual transmission as an option. Only 30 examples were delivered by Ferrari. I don’t know if this example really start his life as a manual or is one of the 30. The price goes with the rarity but that asking price is to much close to a 599 GTO and way to expansive comparing with a normal F1 599.

    • That guy got full 911R drive line (including transmission) though along with a new cluster… This one is using the same gearbox as the auto automatic F1 transmission.  

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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