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.
Optional on the Superamerica at the point of order was the ‘Handling GTC’ upgrade package. Developed for the Ferrari 575 GT Competizione Berlinetta, a model produced specifically for the FIA GT and GrandAm championships, this package is considered to be the most desirable option for the 575 model range as it includes carbon-ceramic brake discs with racing pads and special callipers; 19” wheels; stiffer suspension in ‘Sport’ mode; a titanium racing exhaust; and ‘faster’ calibration for the steering rack, greatly enhancing the performance of this already capable supercar. It is estimated that around 40% of Superamericas were built with this package.
Equipped with the desirable ‘Handling GTC’ package this car was delivered new in 2005 to the present vendor and comes with original documents supplied by Ferrari to him – including the Ferrari service book and its full Ferrari service history. Moreover the car has just passed its 2 year German TUV valid until 09/2019 meaning that the car is in superb road ready condition. The perfect combination of open sports Ferrari with the added bonus of the innovative and unique electro chromatic roof.
Being 1 of the limited edition of just 559 Superamericas, the 12 cylinder engine provides a further boosted 540 bhp. Finished in Rosso Fiorano (Ferrari Sonderfarbe Extracampionario) with contrasting Crema (3997) with Piping in Bordeaux & Nähte Leder in Bordeaux and Daytona seats, the paintwork is described to be in spotless condition without any stone chips or marks.
Having travelled a mere 44,000km from new and described to be in excellent condition throughout, its one owner from new has used this bespoke Superamerica mainly for long distance trips and has always been serviced at Ferrari. Offered with all original books and toolkits.
The 575M Superamerica has become one of the most highly coveted Ferraris of recent times thanks to its rarity, uniquely innovative design, and the exhilarating driving experience that can only be had behind the wheel of one of these modern Ferrari V12 roadsters.