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The Ferrari 575M was introduced in 2002 as an evolution of the 550 Maranello; it received numerous updates and improvements, including cosmetic changes, additional power, larger brakes, and adaptive suspension. With sharper handling and expanded capability, the 575M amplified everything that was already impressive in its predecessor. Unveiled at the Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows in 2003, and named for a series of exclusive large-displacement GT cars designed by Pininfarina and built by Ferrari in the 1950s and 1960s, the limited-production Superamerica retained much of the 575M coupe’s handsome design. It also debuted an innovative motorized folding roof panel previously seen on the 2001 Alfa Romeo Vola concept car designed by famed stylist Leonardo Fioravanti.
Dubbed Revocromico by Ferrari because of its rearward rotation movement and electrochromic technology, the glass and carbon fiber roof panel could be rotated and stowed over the rear deck without impeding the trunk’s available storage space. Adjustable for five levels of darkness when closed, the electrochromic glass panel could turn from clear to virtually opaque in less than a minute.
Finished in the quintessential combination of Rosso Corsa over a beige leather interior, this 575 Superamerica was originally delivered to Shelton Sports Cars in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in September 2005. One of approximately 170 allocated for the US, this example was specified with electric seats, five-spoke modular alloy wheels, black-painted brake calipers, red tachometer face, and a two-tone black and beige dashboard and steering wheel. Also selected was the semiautomatic F1 gearbox, which could cut shift times to 250 milliseconds in high-performance driving situations, mated to the Superamerica-specification 5.7-liter V-12 producing 540 bhp.
Extremely well preserved and maintained in excellent condition, this Superamerica has been driven less than 9,100 miles from new. Notably, this car features a clear, unblemished Revocromico roof, and the interior presents in superb order. It is accompanied by a detailed file of maintenance records, the most recent of which dates to August 2016, when an annual service and classiche certification inspection were performed by authorized dealer Foreign Cars Italia in Greensboro, North Carolina.
With a top speed of 199 mph, the Superamerica was marketed as the world’s fastest convertible, and all 559 examples were sold to Ferrari’s most valued customers long before the first car was built. With impeccable credentials, and retaining its important original delivery accessories, including books, tools, battery tender, tire inflator, and covers, this Superamerica presents a rare opportunity to purchase an extremely accomplished and exclusive Ferrari GT that provides the joys of open-air 12-cylinder motoring on demand.