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 drop-top 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 fibre 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-litre V12 with 533 horsepower that can take the droptop to a top speed of 199 miles per hour (320 kilometres per hour). This left-hand drive example with Grigio Silverstone Metallic dark gray paint has just 1,380 miles (2,221 km) on the odometer, and the dealer is asking 379,995 pounds (approx. $640,000 CAD) 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 mph (112 km/h). The open-top grand tourer is more beautiful with the roof off anyway. Plus, occupants can hear the coupe’s 478 horsepower 5.5-litre V12 even better. This one has 1,625 miles (2,615 km) on the odometer and is selling for 395,000 pounds (approx. $665,000 CAD).
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.