Set to go under the auction with prestigious auction house RM Sotheby’s in Paris next month, this Ferrari has royal connection.
As the convertible top on the 550 Barchetta was meant for emergency use only, it affected the car’s overall usability. So, Ferrari sought to develop a more dynamic solution for the open-top version of the 575 Marnaello by developing the Revochromico rotating hardtop to offer both the protection of a hardtop and an open-air motoring experience. Constructed using a carbon-fibre frame integrated with electrochromic glass, it was the first roof of its kind to be fitted to a production car. When closed, the opacity of the roof could be adjusted via a dial in the cabin, turning the glass from fully transparent like a conventional sunroof to allowing in just 1% of available light. With the press of a button, the roof easily rotates back to rest flush with the boot lid, leaving the rear window to function as a wind deflector.
Of the 559 Superamericas produced, just 43 left the factory fitted with a six-speed manual transmission rather than the optional F1-style transmission. Amongst these, the example presented here is even more special. Delivered new to the Kuwaiti royal family, it was fitted not only with the six-speed manual transmission, but also the desirable HGTC package, adding carbon-ceramic brakes, a titanium exhaust, as well as suspension and steering upgrades. Finished in Argento Nürburgring over a Nero interior, further options include carbon fibre interior with racing seats, a Rosso tachometer, Scuderia shields on the fenders and stitching in Grigio Scuro.
Currently with its second owner, the car’s most recent major service was undertaken in August of 2016. Furthermore, a new hardtop was fitted at Ferrari of Kuwait in February of 2017 along with new electric motors at 5,068 miles. The car has covered only a handful of miles since and remains in excellent condition throughout.
Considering this car’s significant options, manual transmission, low mileage and royal provenance, it would be near impossible to find a most interesting Superamerica anywhere in the world. To drive and enjoy, this Superamerica would be an absolute delight as it is the last front-engine V-12 two-seater convertible Ferrari. As a collector’s item, it is arguably the best of its breed.