Here’s a 2005 Ferrari Superamerica that I spotted at a run-of-the-mill service center near downtown Salt Lake City. I’ve always loved these. A reworked version of the standard 575M, the Superamerica was built in incredibly small numbers: just 559 for the entire world during the 2005 model year (or so Ferrari claims). See the 2005 Ferrari Superamerica models for sale near you
What made the Superamerica unique was its folding, "electrochromic" roof panel. With the flip of a lever at the top of the windshield and the touch of a button on the center console, the clear glass panel would rotate backwards 180 degrees, coming to rest on top of the trunk lid — allowing for an open-roof, speedster-style driving experience. Additionally, the clear glass panel featured what Ferrari called "electrochromic technology," which allowed the driver to adjust its translucency through another knob on the center console. There were five levels — on one end of the spectrum, a faint blue, allowing for maximum sunlight transmission, and on the other end, a dark blue, which blocked out as much light as possible — although no setting turned the roof completely opaque.
On top of the pedestrian 575M, the Superamerica also featured increased structural bracing to compensate for the absence of a fixed roof, and a 37-horsepower bump to its 5.7-liter V12, in order to justify the "Super-" prefix. Ferrari dubbed it the "world’s fastest convertible," thanks to its 199-mph top speed.
The Superamerica is one of my favorite Ferrari models of all time — and only 170 are said to have been sold in the United States. There are few things in life I enjoy more than statistically improbable occurrences, which may explain why I’m such a Superamerica fanatic — somehow, I’ve seen three of them, or rather, almost 2 percent of all the Superamerica models sold in the U.S. — all by complete chance. There was a red one on Hilton Head Island in 2005, before I even knew what the car was. There was another red one that I chased down in an Audi A8 in Chantilly, Virginia in 2011. Then, finally, there’s this one that I spotted at a service shop near my apartment in Utah. Let’s hope it wasn’t actually being serviced there — a great way to destroy the value of an ultra-rare Ferrari is to service it anywhere other than a Ferrari dealer, which in this case happened to only be three blocks away.
Anytime I see what looks like a run-of-the-mill 550 Maranello or a 575M, I always do a double take just to check if it’s a Superamerica — and lo and behold, here was another one. Naturally, like any shrewd supercar owner, the owner of this one has it registered in Montana. Find a 2005 Ferrari Superamerica for sale
Chris O’Neill grew up in the rust belt and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He managed to work in the auto industry for a while without once crashing a corporate fleet vehicle. On Instagram, he is the @MountainWestCarSpotter.
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