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.