- Just three owners
- Manuals, toolkit
- Perfect mix of elegance and performance
- Limited series of 559 examples
- Less than 6 500 km from new
- Coming from an important collection from the French Riviera
The Ferrari 550 Maranello made its appearance in 1996. For purists, this was a welcome return to one of Ferrari's fundamental formats: a powerful front-engined two-seater GT car. A limited edition of the totally uncompromising 550 Barchetta followed in 2000. The 550 was replaced in 2002 by the 575M Maranello. This was essentially an updated version of the 550, but with various improvements and a new interior. The 5.7-litre V12 engine produced 515 bhp, it had bigger brakes and an adaptive suspension set-up. For the first time on a V12 Ferrari, the " F1 " option included a semi-automatic Magneti Marelli sequential gearbox.
Inspired by the success of the 550 Barchetta, Ferrari produced a convertible version of the 575M Maranello. This was called the 575 Superamerica, the name a nod to the exclusive Ferrari models of the 1950s and 1960s. Mechanically, the 575 Superamerica was similar to the 575M Maranello, and, with a bit more power at 540 bhp, the engine was the same as that used in the 612 Scaglietti. The top speed increased to over 320 km/h.
The designers, not short on ideas and wanting to make this car less extreme than the Barchetta, came up with a revolutionary retractable roof. This consisted of a glass and carbon fibre panel that rotated to lie flat over the boot, not restricting the size of the boot as in the coupés-cabriolets. When shut, the electrochromic glass allowed the driver to adjust the amount of light coming through, from total opacity to clear. As with its predecessor, the 575 Superamerica was produced as a limited edition. Just 559 examples were built during two years of production.
The car on offer is a 575 Superamerica F1, and therefore has the sequential gearbox. It is the 19th example produced and a three-owner car that has covered just 6 500 km from new. The car is red, with black leather interior. It was bought new through Radicci, the Ferrari dealer in Bari, Italy, and comes to the sale from a large collection in the South of France.
The owner's mechanic, who used to work for a Ferrari dealership, has ensured that the car runs perfectly, and we have also invoices for services in 2015 and January 2017. It will be sold with a full set of service books and owner's manuals.
Undoubtedly one of the most exclusive recent Ferrari models, this 575 Superamerica with F1 sequential gearbox, and less than 6 500 km on the clock, offers a rare chance to buy a timeless GT car.