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Beautiful 6-Speed Manual Example in Rosso RubinoEves Robert, Mill Valley, California (acquired new from Ferrari of San Francisco in 2005)David E. Walters and Family, Princeville, Hawaii (acquired from the above in 2008)Jim Cavello (acquired from the above circa 2015)Current Owner
The 575 Superamerica, introduced in 2005, was an open variant of Maranello’s wildly popular 575M coupe. It combined innovation and 199 mph performance, deserving of Ferrari’s claim of it being “the world’s fastest convertible.” A novel, patented hardtop, made of Revocromico glass and carbon fiber, pivoted flush with the trunk lid. While in place as a hardtop, layers of electrochromic film embedded within the glass can be electronically darkened at the twist of a knob.
The Superamerica’s uprated 575M engine is based on the most classic of all of Ferrari’s layouts – the V-12. It features two overhead cams per cylinder bank and four valves per cylinder, with the crankcase, cylinder heads, and sump all in aluminum alloy. In finest Ferrari tradition, the V-12 also employs a dry sump lubrication system.
With its long nose, front engine, and rear-wheel-drive layout, the configuration evokes comparison to some of Ferrari’s all-time great models. Of the 559 examples built, only 170 would be destined for the US during its one year of availability, and only 43 in total were produced with the traditional six-speed manual gearbox.
The example offered here is rarer still, finished in the striking color scheme of Rubino Micalizzato over natural leather interior. Delivered new to Ferrari of San Francisco, this attractive example had covered only 8,740 miles at the time of cataloguing, with most of its life spent in the care of well-known Ferrari collector David E. Walters and his family.
Recently kept in a very exclusive private collection of fine Ferraris, this example has enjoyed a pampered life. The fastidious and knowledgeable consignor has kept the car in a climate- and humidity-controlled garage, and the car received a timing belt and cam seal service in 2015 and has traveled less than 150 miles since then.
Included with the car are its factory-issued books, original window sticker, and a CARFAX Vehicle History Report. The Superamerica is also Ferrari Classiche certified and accompanied by its Red Book. Its accompanying original accessories include its tonneau cover, tool kit, spare key, radio code card, tire inflator, along with spare belts and fuses. A testament to its dedicated ownership by well-connected Ferrari enthusiasts, Piero Lardi Ferrari’s signature appears on the car’s leather manual pouch.
Resplendent in its ruby red exterior and tan Daytona leather seats, this example offers a chance to own a rare modern Ferrari that is very complete with important original accessories. Having been owned by knowledgeable Ferrari collectors, this evocative Superamerica is a pristine example of Ferrari’s high-speed supercar.