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Autotrader Find: 2005 Ferrari 575M Maranello Superamerica

Everyone has a favorite Ferrari — or at least a favorite type of Ferrari. For many of us, it has 12 cylinders mounted under a long hood and in front of a (relatively) spacious passenger compartment. Three pedals and a gear lever with a little chrome ball atop a gated shifter are icing on the cake, especially since such a gearbox no longer exists on Ferrari’s ordering list.

The 575M Maranello is in many ways peak grand-touring Ferrari. It’s built on the mid-1990s 550 with a number of notable improvements, but that base platform was pretty special. Its Pininfarina styling was a lot more graceful than the 512M that preceded it, and it was smaller and slightly more performance-oriented than the related 456.

For the 575M, Ferrari added more of what everyone likes: power, backed up by improved brakes. As its nomenclature indicates, the 575M made use of a 5.7-liter version of the 65-degree V12 that had been introduced about a decade prior. Power was up to just over 500 horsepower, and period reviewers found a 0-60 mph sprint of about 4 seconds. Given the 575M weighed a portly 4,100 or so pounds before passengers climbed aboard, this was a quick car indeed.

Its revised styling didn’t move far from the 550 — a good thing — but subtle tweaks made the 575M slightly more aerodynamic. The Superamerica that bowed in 2005 didn’t exactly improve on the car’s slipperiness, but it did let passengers experience a little wind in their faces. An electrochromic glass roof panel mounted in a carbon-fiber structure rotated 180 degrees behind the cabin to create a targa-style experience when opened.

Ferrari called it Superamerica, though not many of the 559 examples eventually assembled were shipped across the Atlantic. Far fewer were built with a manual transmission since Ferrari had used the 575M to highlight its F1-style paddle-shifted 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Suffice to say that the pinnacle of the 575M is a manual-shifted Superamerica. Unlike collectible Porsches, what makes a Ferrari special isn’t always its unusual specification. Rosso Corsa — Ferrari’s racing hue — is classic, and most owners will want a tan leather interior with distinctive Daytona-style seats. Add in some carbon-fiber trim for a modern look and, well, take my money! 

That’s just what this high-end car dealer in Miami has on offer, for the predictably hefty price tag of just under $1.2 million. Hey, you missed your chance to order a new one 15 years ago, right?

This example shows just 12,000 miles on the odometer, meaning it has been driven enough that its next owner needn’t worry about hermetic preservation. The Carfax shows that it stayed with owner number one for more than a decade, though it has largely been unused since. Still, the selling dealer says that a service was performed in 2019 — no minor detail for a Ferrari. Find a Ferrari on Autotrader

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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