The Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina and 575M Superamerica aren't too old but are still quite special.
Today, rare examples of classic Ferrari convertibles, like the famous 250 GT short-wheelbase California Spider, can bring millions of dollars at auction. If you want to take a massive gamble of that trend continuing, the dealer Hexagon in England is selling two of the Prancing Horse's rarest droptop grand tourers from recent years – a 2005 575M Superamerica and a 2001 550 Barchetta Pininfarina. Even if they don't appreciate anywhere near as much as those vintage examples, the buyer should have some fun behind the wheel.
Ferrari produced just 599 examples (perhaps one fewer are left) of the 575M Superamerica, and these convertibles featured an odd design that made them unique. Rather than folding the top under a cover in the trunk, the roof flipped backward 180 degrees in one piece, and it sat flat once out of the way. The design also used a carbon fiber structure with electro-chromic glass in the center, and drivers were able to adjust the opacity from a dial in the cabin.
Power comes with a 5.7-liter V12 with 533 horsepower that can take the droptop to a top speed of 199 miles per hour. This left-hand drive example with Grigio Silverstone Metallic dark gray paint has just 1,380 miles on the odometer, and the dealer is asking 379,995 ($492,000) pounds for it.
If you prefer something more traditional and a little rarer, Hexagon also has a Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina in the brand’s classic Fly Yellow. The Prancing Horse made just 448 of these.
As these photos show, the 550 Barchetta’s top is not an engineering wonder like the 575M Superamerica. In fact, Ferrari advises drivers not to use it above 70 miles per hour. The open-top grand tourer is more beautiful with the roof off anyway. Plus, occupants can hear the coupe’s 478-horsepower 5.5-liter V12 even better. This one has 1,625 miles on the odometer and is selling for 395,000 pounds ($355,000).
Both members of this pair would look great in any garage, but we're leading towards the Superamerica as the favorite. It's doubtful to have the same cachet as a 250 GT California Spyder in a few decades, but this droptop will always look good.
Gallery: Ferrari 575M Superamerica and 550 Barchetta Pininfarina for sale
EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF OPEN TOP MODERN CLASSIC FERRARIS GO ON SALE AT HEXAGON
11/08/16 from Hexagon
Hexagon is delighted to offer for sale two spectacular Ferrari convertibles, a 2001 550 Barchetta Pininfarina and a 2005 575 Superamerica
Both have ultra-low mileages with the Barchetta having covered 1,625 miles, while the Superamerica has just 1,380 miles on the clock
The 550 Barchetta (http://bit.ly/2awxgZI) and 575 Superamerica (http://bit.ly/2aJZdk0) are true modern classics and extremely rare, with 448 and 559 built respectively
These limited-edition cars are offered in almost as-new condition inside and out priced at £395,000 and £379,995 respectively
For more information, please visit https://hexagonclassics.com/
(London – August 11th 2016)
Hexagon Classics is thrilled to offer for sale two extremely rare, low-mileage open top Ferraris, both of which represent exceptional examples of appreciating modern classics.
The Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina is a limited-edition roadster version of the 478bhp 5.5-litre V12-engined 550 Maranello and was first revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2000. With just 448 examples rolling off the production line, it’s one of the rarest open top Ferraris of the last twenty years.
The model on sale at Hexagon (http://bit.ly/2awxgZI) has just 1,625 miles on the clock and comes in spectacular Giallo Fly yellow paint with Nero leather inside. It also has the desirable six-speed manual gearbox featuring the famous Ferrari open metal gate.
Priced at £395,000, this left-hand-drive car is one of the best in the world. First supplied by Japanese dealer Cornes & Co, it has been meticulously looked after, coming with the original handbook and spare keys and, of course, the temporary soft top, which can only be used at up to 70mph.
When the 550 Maranello was replaced by the faster, more powerful 508bhp 5.7-litre V12-engined 575M in 2002, Ferrari took the opportunity to offer another limited run version – and one with a highly innovative roof too.
Launched in 2005, the Superamerica features an electrochromic glass panel roof. At the touch of a button, this rotates backward through 180-degrees to rest flush with the boot lid in just 10 seconds, leaving the rear window in place to function as a wind deflector.
The roof’s clever carbonfibre structure is hinged on a single axis and means that there’s access to the luggage compartment even with the roof open. But the really intelligent part is that with the top closed the driver and passenger can adjust the opacity of the panel via a dial in the cabin. They can then experience the full brightness of a conventional sunroof at its lightest setting, or one percent of available light at its darkest.
All Superamericas also received an uprated engine over the standard 575M, taking power to 533bhp. The 2005 model on sale with Hexagon is Grigio Silverstone Metallic with Caramel Leather interior (http://bit.ly/2aJZdk0)and has covered just 1,380 miles in its 11 years of life. It also has Ferrari’s F1 paddleshift gearbox.
A total of 559 examples were built to follow Enzo Ferrari’s philosophy of always building one car less than the market demanded, and Hexagon’s car is a perfect example of why the 575 Superamerica is so desirable. Like the 550 Barchetta, this Ferrari has recently had a full service and cambelt change and is ready to hit the road. It is priced at £379,995.
Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics, said: “These limited-run Ferraris are incredibly rare and in perfect condition. You could not hope to find two better examples of the 550 Barchetta and 575 Superamerica anywhere in the world. To have both on sale here at Hexagon at the same time is a real coup and a credit to our team. Both cars are fantastic modern classics that are sure to appreciate further in the coming years.”
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