When Ferrari reintroduced the two-place, front-engined grand touring cars into their lineup in 1996 with the 550 Maranello as the spiritual successor to the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, it was evident that there would also be demand for a convertible version of the car, just like the Daytona Spider before it. The car that followed was the 550 Barchetta, which was identical in every way to the 550 Maranello but was intended to be a pure roadster, harkening back to some of Ferrari’s earliest models. Even though customers were thrilled with their 550 Barchettas, many felt limited by the car’s lack of a conventional convertible top, and they would only use their cars for quick out-and-back jaunts in the summertime. Looking to provide a solution to this for the convertible variant of the 575M Maranello, Ferrari devised a brand-new convertible-top system that would provide all the freedom of a convertible with the security of a coupe, in an effort to give customers the best of both worlds.
The most interesting aspect of the 575 Superamerica was its Revocromico rotating hardtop. This hardtop was constructed using a carbon fiber frame that had been integrated with electrochromic glass, and it was the first of its kind ever fitted to a production car. When the top was closed, the opacity of the glass in the roof could be adjusted via a dial in the cabin. The driver and passenger could experience the full brightness of a conventional sunroof at its lightest setting or 1% of available light at its darkest. Furthermore, the Superamerica could be transformed into a convertible at just a press of a button, with the roof rotating back to rest flush with the boot lid in just 10 seconds, leaving the rear window in place to function as a wind deflector. Of course, this did not obstruct luggage capacity, and the Superamerica’s boot could swallow up more than enough luggage for two on a weekend getaway with the top up or down.
Being 1 of the limited edition of just 599 Superamericas, the 5.75 litre 12 cylinder provides a further boosted 540 bhp and is mated to the electro mechanical F1 gearbox. Finished in traditional, Rosso Corsa with a light brown leather interior, this limited edition sports car comes with the very desirable option of the GTC handling package. This incorporates ceramic brake discs and uprated suspension. A number of further options enhance this most desirable Ferrari. This car was delivered new in September 2005 to the present vendor and comes with all the documents supplied by Ferrari to him – including the Ferrari service book and all maintenance invoices. Moreover the car has just passed its 2 year French technical control, valid until 2018. Sitting on 4 brand new Michelin tyres, the car is in superb road ready condition and only 1 of circa 15 remaining in France. The perfect combination of a limited edition open sports Ferrari with the added bonus of the innovative and unique electro chromatic roof and what better place to buy it in Monaco.