2005 Ferrari 575M Superamerica

2005 Ferrari 575M Superamerica
Robin Adams ©2016, courtesy of Auctions America

When Ferrari reintroduced the two-place, front-engined grand touring cars into their lineup in 1996 with Pininfarina’s 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 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder 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.

This Superamerica is presented in Rosso Corsa set off by the rich tan leather hides with black and carbon-fiber interior details. The odometer shows about 7,500 miles. The Ferrari has many desirable extras, including the F1 paddle-shift transmission, power-operated Daytona seats with embossed Prancing Horse headrests, Scuderia Ferrari fender shields, original window sticker, red brake calipers, and a six-CD changer.

Steve Ahlgrim

SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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