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Autotrader Find: Ferrari 575M Superamerica With Under 1,000 Miles
The Ferrari 575M Superamerica is, in my mind, one of the greatest modern Ferrari models in existence. And this particular 575M Superamerica has to be one of the nicest ones in the world: a 2005 model with just 989 original miles, currently for sale at Ferrari of Central New Jersey for a whopping $495,854.
If you don't know about the 575M Superamerica, here's a bit of its story. The 575M was Ferrari's front-engine V12 model throughout the mid-2000s, after the (similar-looking) 550 Maranello and before the 599 GTB. Ferrari doesn't traditionally make convertible versions of its 2-seat V12 models except in limited numbers -- like the rare 550 Barchetta previous to the Superamerica, of which just 448 examples were built.
But while the 550 Barchetta was certainly cool, it had a problem: It wasn't a convertible, but rather a true open-top car, with an ungainly "only for emergencies" convertible top coming along with it. Hopefully, if you had a 550 Barchetta, emergencies came slowly: The top took ages to put on, if you knew what you were doing. For most people, therefore, the Barchetta wasn't really a usable car.
Enter the 575M Superamerica, whose convertible top is an awesome trick piece of fixed glass that tilts back 180 degrees when you push the button to open the roof. No folding canvas or dozens of moving parts that all have to get out of the way of one another. Instead, the top just folds right over, coming to a rest on the rear deck lid. Also noteworthy is the "electrochromic" composition of the top, which allowed you to push a button and instantly dim the glass or make it transparent again to let in sunlight.
Unfortunately, like its predecessor, the 575M Superamerica was also built in low numbers: Just 559 units were reportedly made for the entire world. That's 111 more than its predecessor, the Barchetta, but still a small quantity, all things considered -- which brings us back to this Superamerica currently offered for sale at Ferrari of Central New Jersey.
While the original price of the Superamerica was probably in the high-$200,000 range, demand has increased for low-volume Ferrari models -- and this particular one is especially impressive, as it's traveled just 989 miles in its 12-year lifespan. Its asking price is steep, but there probably aren't too many Superamericas left like this -- meaning it'll likely find a buyer before long. The question is: Will the new buyer drive it or not? After all, even the most die-hard driver would probably have to admit: If you've plopped down nearly a half million dollars for a car, it'd be hard to get over the mental stigma of crossing that 1,000-mile mark.