Ferrari really milked this model for the mid-2000s. The 575M Maranello was an upgraded version of the 550 Maranello, and the 575 GTC was a track-ready upgrade to the 575M. The big upgrade, though, came on the convertible Superamerica model, which featured the first production rotating roof.
It's funny how some cars remain lodged forever in our minds and some fly out of our memories like so many dust bunnies. The Ferrari 550 Maranello and 550 Barchetta Pininfarina are super cars of the dust bunny variety. They were around for years, between the late 90s and the early 00s, but who -- besides their owners -- really remembers them? Now we can.
New technology, old names, and a breath of fresh air came into the exotic cars of the last decade. The designs were plenty flashy, though there were a couple example of hidden swankiness (Maybach, I'm looking at you and your champagne flutes). Check out the 10 most iconic cars of the decade.
Sergio Pininfarina ran the famous Italian design house that shared his family name for four decades. On July 3, 2012, he passed away at home at the age of 85. He had a hand in dozens of famous automotive designs, including many Ferraris and Maseratis.
As long as there have been cars, there have been expensive sports cars that people coveted for the power and beauty and unheard of technology. But that all really came to a big-haired head in the 1980s, when posters of Lamborghinis and Olivia Newton John in her "Physical" leotard graced bedroom walls. Check out this list of some of the best 1980s exotic cars to come out of a strange, neon-colored decade.
The economy tanked, the president survived impeachment, and, well, Courtney Love. But the super cars were super in the 1990s -- take a look at this list of some of the best exotic cars of the 90s for proof.
Aston Martin is revisiting one of its better-known model names with the AM 310 Vanquish, the latest 12-cylinder grand touring speed monster from the U.K. The design is getting a bit of flack from the auto writer camp for being too much like all the other Astons that we've seen in the past decade and not special enough. What do you think -- classic design or lack of imagination?
This is the Porsche that made the Porsche fans blanche. The engine is in front! And it's water-cooled! And it was supposed to be a Volkswagen! The horrors don't stop for the purists when you're talking about the Porsche 924. For the rest of us, it's an affordable Porsche from the past.
Some have called the Porsche 944 the "Rodney Dangerfield of sports cars," despite the fact that thousands of people plunked down cash just to get in line to buy one. It's engine is up front, which was an affront to Porsche purists of the 1980s, but we've all gotten over that now, haven't we? Read the story of the little front-engined Porsche that could.
Who would have thought German engineering and Italian design could co-mingle so well? One is so purpose drive; the other is all about beauty. Well, check out the BMW Zagato Coupe one-off and tell me you're not convinced.