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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Introduced at the Nürburgring in 1996, Ferrari’s Pininfarina-designed 550 Maranello replaced the outgoing Testarossa-based F512 M. While based on the Ferrari 456 and sharing its engine, the 550 Maranello was strictly a two-seater GT car. Capable of nudging 200 mph, a 550 Maranello set a production-car speed record in testing. The 575M Maranello followed for 2002 with a larger, more powerful V-12 engine and ushered in Ferrari’s first application of the quick F1 paddle-shift automatic gearbox with a V-12 engine.
While the 575M was a success from inception, Ferrari clients still desired an open variant. The prior 550 Barchetta did provide the thrilling open-air experience of a pure roadster, yet buyers demanded greater sophistication and flexibility. Answering the call, Ferrari’s Pininfarina-designed 575 Superamerica provided the best of both worlds with its radical Revocromico rotating hardtop system; capable of variable opacity at the turn of a dial, it was the first roof of its kind fitted to a production car. At the touch of a button, the Superamerica transformed into a convertible, with the roof rotating back to rest flush with the car’s slightly recessed bootlid in just 10 seconds, leaving the rear window in place as a wind deflector. Just 559 examples of the 575 Superamerica were produced in all.
This Ferrari 575 Superamerica, completed in November 2005, was sold new to Jerry Conrad by Ferrari & Maserati of Orange County, California. In addition to its signature dual-purpose roof, this Superamerica was further equipped with the F1 paddle-shifted six-speed automatic transmission, Scuderia shields at each front fender, black Daytona-style seats with red accents, and the highly desirable Handling GTC package. This package included 19" alloy BBS wheels with performance tires, composite ceramic Brembo brakes, red-painted brake calipers, improved engine intake tracts, a free-flow exhaust, and a sport-tuned suspension. The consignor acquired the 575 in 2016 and has had it comprehensively maintained and professionally serviced in his private collection. Service records dating to 2012 remain with the car, showing that the Ferrari received a 15,000-mile major service in January 2016 at 8,828 miles, including the replacement of the timing belts. Just over 245 miles have been traveled since this service work, with 9,073 miles indicated at time of cataloguing.
The 575 Superamerica is accompanied by books in their factory leather folio, plus an emergency top cover (with shipping labels and storage bag included), tools in their leather case, an air compressor, and a spare key. A stylistic and technical tour de force on all levels, the 575 Superamerica stands as a true convertible supercar that is nonetheless eminently capable of daily use and enjoyment as desired.