2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1  Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669

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Lot 83
2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1

Sold for € 293,250 (US$ 299,085) inc. premium
2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1
Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669
•One owner
•Handling GTC package
•Delivered new to Spain
•Circa 21,200 kilometres from new
•Registered in Spain

With the introduction of the 550 Maranello in 1996, Ferrari returned to its tradition of building front-engined V12 sports cars, resurrecting a line that had remained dormant since the demise of the 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' in 1974. Car magazine was understandably enthusiastic: 'The Maranello needs no excuses: it is right-minded, a return to traditional values, albeit values and standards that tower high above those set by the Daytona when it shuffled off to extinction a quarter of a century ago.'

The heart of any Ferrari is its engine, and the 550 Maranello's 48-valve, 5.5-litre V12 developed 485bhp at 7,000rpm, some 100-or-so horsepower more than the Daytona's. Ferrari had discovered long ago that providing optimum balance in a front-engined sports car necessitated the use of a rear transaxle, and the Maranello's came with six speeds. The power train was housed in a tubular steel chassis, to which was attached aluminium coachwork, while the all-independent suspension incorporated dual-mode (normal/sports) damping, switch-selectable by the driver, which was complemented by speed-sensitive power-assisted steering.

Styled by Pininfarina like its illustrious 'Daytona' predecessor, the 550 Maranello was similarly proportioned, adopting the classical combination of long bonnet, small cabin and truncated tail. The body's aerodynamics were developed in the wind tunnel where hours of testing ensured that the minimum of drag was combined with constant downforce regardless of set up, an important consideration in a 200mph road car. Styling details such as the bonnet air scoop and hot air outlets behind the front wheelarches recalled the great competizione Ferraris of the past, in particular the immortal 250 GTO, while the tail incorporated Ferrari's characteristic twin circular lights. Featuring a luxuriously appointed leather interior, this new generation Gran Turismo recalled and honoured its iconic forebears with aplomb.

In 2002, the 550 Maranello was extensively refreshed and updated to create the 575M ('Modificata'), which featured subtle styling refinements and a further upgraded interior together with numerous mechanical improvements. For the 575M, engine displacement grew to 5,748cc and maximum power to 515bhp, while transmitting it to the ground was a new six-speed 'paddle shift' semi-automatic 'F1' gearbox, a technology that Ferrari had developed in Formula 1. The brakes were up-rated as well, together with the suspension, which now featured the adaptive damping developed on the Ferrari Enzo supercar.

In 2005, Ferrari announced a limited run of 559 examples of a striking and innovative convertible, the Superamerica, which was unveiled at that year's Los Angeles and Detroit motor shows. Drawing its name from the iconic Pininfarina designed Lampredi V12-powered GT cars of the 1950s and '60s, the 199mph 575M Superamerica retained the coupé's mechanicals together with its general design while featuring a unique pivoting photo-chromic roof. The work of Pininfarina's chief stylist Leonardo Fioravanti, creator of the legendary 365 GTB/4 'Daytona', it was the first roof of its kind ever fitted to a production car, and was built using a carbon fibre frame integrated with electro-chromatic glass. The transparency of the glass could be adjusted from within the cabin to transmit varying amounts of light, letting in approximately the same amount of light as a conventional glass sunroof at its lightest setting and only 1% of the sun's rays at its darkest. With the press of a button, the Superamerica can be transformed into a convertible, with the roof rotating back to rest flush with the boot lid in just 10 seconds.

Optional on the Superamerica at the point of order was the 'Handling GTC' upgrade package. Developed for the Ferrari 575 GT Competizione Berlinetta, a model produced specifically for the FIA GT and GrandAm championships, this package is considered to be the most desirable option for the 575 model range as it includes carbon-ceramic brake discs with racing pads and special callipers; 19" wheels; stiffer suspension in 'Sport' mode; a titanium racing exhaust; and 'faster' calibration for the steering rack, greatly enhancing the performance of this already capable supercar. It is estimated that around 40% of Superamericas were built with this package.

Equipped with the desirable 'Handling GTC' package, this supremely well specified Superamerica was purchased new by the current vendor and driven on the Morocco Rally organised by Ferrari Portugal in 2007. Finished in red with beige leather interior, the car has covered only some 21,000 kilometres from new and is presented in commensurately excellent condition. We are advised that all technical inspections have been passed and that all documents and instruction manuals are available.

The 575M Superamerica has become one of the most highly coveted Ferraris of recent times thanks to its rarity, uniquely innovative design, and the exhilarating driving experience that can only be had behind the wheel of one of these modern Ferrari V12 roadsters.
2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1  Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669
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2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1  Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669
2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1  Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669
2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1  Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669
2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1  Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669
2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1  Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669
2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1  Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669
2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1  Chassis no. ZFFGT61B000146669
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