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Coachwork by Pininfarina
*Please note that this car does not have the GTC handling package as stated in the catalogue.
Introduced at the Nürburgring in 1996, Ferrari’s new Pininfarina-designed 550 Maranello replaced the outgoing Testarossa-based F512 M and heralded a long-awaited return to the front-engine V-12 layout, one not seen since the end of the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” during the early 1970s. Although based on the longer Ferrari 456 – whose engine it shared – the 550 Maranello was distinctly an upmarket GT car and, while strictly a two-seater, it ofered a spacious and luxurious interior with plenty of storage space for luggage, in the best Ferrari GT tradition. Capable of nudging 200 mph fat out, a 550 Maranello set a new production-car speed record at Marysville, Ohio, covering 100 km (62 miles) at an average speed of 188.88 mph and travelling 183.955 miles in just one hour’s time!
The 575 M Maranello debuted for 2002 and it upped the ante with an enlarged engine, even better performance than its predecessor, and Ferrari’s frst application of the F1 paddle-shifting transmission with a V-12 engine. While the prior 550-based Barchetta provided the thrilling open-air experience of a pure roadster, Ferrari buyers demanded greater sophistication and flexibility of any open 575 M variant. Ferrari replied with the 575 M Superamerica, which provided the best of both worlds and featured a brand-new and innovative convertible-top system providing all the freedom of a convertible with the security of a coupe. Its Revocromico rotating hardtop was the inspired answer; constructed from a carbon-fiber frame and integrated with glass capable of variable opacity at the turn of a dial, it was the first roof of its kind ever fitted to a production car. In addition, 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 defector.
Purchased new from The Auto Gallery in Los Angeles, this outstanding 575 M Superamerica has benefited from fastidious attention in the hands of a long-term California owner. Featuring outstanding black on black colors and having traveled only an approximate 925 miles from new at the time of cataloguing, it is beautifully presented and carefully preserved. As offered, it is further complemented by iconic Scuderia Ferrari shields affixed to its front fenders and yellow-painted brake calipers. Importantly, it benefits from correct servicing and proper maintenance. A stylistic and technical tour de force on all conceivable levels, the 575 M Superamerica is simply a true world-class convertible supercar that is nonetheless capable of daily enjoyment. For the individual looking for a fantastically usable modern V-12 Ferrari landmark, this example demands serious consideration.