Following on from Pininfarina's celebratory 550 Barchetta, the Ferrari 575 Superamerica was designed by Pininfarina as an exclusive low volume V12 Ferrari Berlinetta featuring a highly original, innovative take on the convertible concept. The Superamerica was the first production car to adopt an innovative rotating roof movement in combination with electrochromic technology developed exclusively for glass surfaces of these dimensions in partnership with glass-manufacturers, Saint Gobain. The Fioravanti-patented rotating roof concept allows the Superamerica driver to electrically drop the top in 10 seconds flat, making one of the world's fastest convertibles with a 201 MPH top speed.
The Superamerica's unusual electric roof was dubbed 'Revocromico' to highlight the unique combination of its rearward rotation movement and electrochromic technology. It has a carbon-fibre structure and the boot capacity remains unchanged whether the roof is open or closed too. The glass rear window also acts as a highly effective wind deflector when the roof is open. The use of electrochromic glass means that the driver can completely control the level of light entering the cockpit. There are five tint levels available and the glass can go from dark to light in under a minute, at the touch of a button. Derived from the 575M Maranello, the Superamerica was enhanced to deliver 540 hp.
Delivered new by Graypaul Ferrari on the 6th October 2005 to renowned car collector Viscount Cowdray, this superbly specified 575 Maranello Superamerica is finished in Nero Daytona and Sabbia hide and importantly fitted with the must-have Fiorano handling package option.
Just 43 examples of the Superamerica left the factory with the six-speed manual gearbox originally; the rest, including this example were built with Ferrari's innovative F1 paddleshift gearbox.
Time has demonstrated the delta between a manual example and the more common F1 variant. Under the instruction of the previous owner of this car, a conversion to manual was carried out over the course of 10 months. The parts required are incredible scarce and to replicate this task could cost six figures, not to mentioned the electrical complexities to overcome above that of a 575M.
With just 3 keepers from new, this car has been used sparingly as part of significant car collections and today presents with just 2,500 miles from new.
Ready to become part of a new collection or with it's versatile open top/coupe configuration, ready for it's 200+ mph performance to be enjoyed to the full - this charismatic V12 in a highly desirable colour combination, presents as a fabulous example of the rare, coveted, limited edition Superamerica.