Coupé - flip - Cabrio...in 7 seconds: the Ferrari Superamerica
About this creation
The F550 Maranello -released in 1996- was the first front-engined V-12 Ferrari since the Daytona in the 70'ies. Ferrari built the Coupé and the "Barchetta Pininfarina", which Sven built for our collection ( http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/28479 ). Then Ferrari modified the F550 in 2002 and called it F575 M ("Modificata").
The Superamerica as a derivative of this modified Coupé, limited to 559 pieces. It is in between a Cabriolet or a Coupé...perhaps call it Targa. A small roof with electrochromic glass panels revolves 180° around pivots in the back pillars. The wind blocker becomes the rear screen.
My credit goes to Sven Bode, who designed the F550 Barchetta first and helped me building the prototype in yellow (see "WIP" on our Brickshelf page). I copied that one in black, modded it a little, put an angine and interior inside. The attempt was to built the pivoting roof just like the original. Law Hon Kin had his try with the Superamerica first (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/29651). However, he used different mechanics and the roof does not revolve.
This model is a rebuild of the black one you will find in the "Former Models"-folder now. I needed the black parts for another car... These photos make the Superamerica look a bit fat and clumsy - so a rework will be made quite soon for sure. However, I fixed the falsely opening trunk ;-)
MOC by Jens Matuschek (& Sven Bode)
A very special feature on this model is the "60th anniversary" sticker. We send our congratulations to our antetype with the prancing horse - Ferrari!