2022 | Amelia Island Auction
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina
$550,000 - $650,000
One of 448 Examples Built
Just 177 Miles from New when Catalogued
Awarded Platinum and Best in Class at the 2018 Cavallino Classic
Very Rare and Attractive Color Scheme
Offered with Owner’s Manuals, Tools and Tire Inflator
Likely the Finest Example in Existence; Received Belt Service in 2021
5,500 CC DOHC V-12 Engine
Bosch Motronic 5.2 Fuel Injection
485 BHP at 7,000 RPM
6-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Brembo Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and Automatic Dampening
Private Collection, Ohio (acquired new)
Private Collection, Oregon (acquired in 2005)
Private Collection, New York
Doug Cohen, Middletown, Rhode Island
Current Owner (acquired from the above)
From Ferrari’s earliest days, the production of premium specialty models has been a longstanding practice, not only attracting the most elite clientele, but also allowing the brand to produce a distilled essence of itself in limited batches. From cars like the 342 America, 410 Superamerica, 365 California Spider, 575 Superamerica, and 599 GTO, Maranello has long embraced the idea of building specialty models in limited quantities, all to bolster the desirability of the ultimate collectible Ferrari. This 550 Barchetta is the 322nd of only 448 limited-edition examples made in 2001, as clarified by a factory-affixed placard in the car.
In October 2000, Ferrari unveiled a new premium variant of its front-engine 12-cylinder line. The 550 Barchetta was a boutique roadster to be built in commemoration of longtime partner Pininfarina’s 70th anniversary, and was intended to evoke the spirit of the marque’s great sports-racing Barchettas of the 1950s.
The model’s designers started with the flagship 550 Maranello coupe, removing the top and reinforcing the cowl with the use of a new, more raked windscreen. Individual roll bars were added for a sporty appearance and functional safety. By utilizing an emergency accessory soft top rather than a complex retractable hardtop, the Barchetta weighed precisely the same as the original coupe, preserving the 550 Maranello’s extreme performance capabilities. Hitting 60 mph from standstill in just 4.4 seconds and capable of a top speed of 187 mph, the Barchetta was just one-tenth of a second slower than the standard 550 coupe. Each Barchetta was finished with an interior plaque inscribed with the car’s numerical order in the production sequence of 448 and signed by Sergio Pininfarina.
Finished in the rarely seen combination of silver with black upholstery, this 550 Barchetta was purchased new by an Ohio-based enthusiast. The owner rarely used the car, and when serviced by the well-known Symbolic Motorcars in September 2004, the odometer displayed only 90 miles. Acquired by its second owner in July 2005, the 550 Barchetta remained well maintained and sparingly used. Since being acquired by the consignor, this highly collectible Ferrari has continued to live a pampered life of ideal storage and minimal use. At the time of cataloguing, this rare Ferrari displayed just 177 miles and, as would be expected, presents in stunning condition. Moreover, in 2021, the Ferrari was serviced at Ferrari of Palm Beach, which included the all-important timing-belt service, as documented by records on file.
With its unique open-top styling, limited production, and Sergio Pininfarina-signed placard, this minimally driven 550 Barchetta has all the makings of tomorrow’s great collectible. Recently serviced, the car is also primed for the owner who wishes to indulge in the glory of open V-12 motoring, just like the drivers of Ferrari’s earliest Barchettas.