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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Jorge Carnicero, McLean, Virginia (acquired in 2001)Current Owner (acquired in 2013)
Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2011 (Platinum Award)Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2012 (Coppa per Dodici Cilindri Award for the Most Outstanding 12-Cylinder Ferrari)
At the Nürburgring in 1996, Ferrari introduced a new front-engine V-12 flagship, the company’s first such two-seat grand touring model since the 365 GTB/4 Daytona ceased production 33 years earlier. Powered by a newly enlarged 5.5-liter engine, the 550 Maranello began reaching customers in 1997 and went on to be one of the company’s strongest selling models.
Four years later, at the 2000 Paris Auto Show, a final limited-edition series of the model was introduced, the 550 Barchetta. In addition to clarifying the end of the 550’s production run, the Barchetta also commemorated the 70th anniversary of Pininfarina, the legendary carrozzeria and longtime Ferrari design partner. Evoking the motor sports glory of the marque’s open-air sports racers of the 1950s, the 550 Barchetta eschewed any kind of permanent roof, and featured a steeply raked windscreen with individual roll bars behind the seats. Capable of reaching 60 mph from standstill in just 4.4 seconds, and a top speed of 187 mph, the boutique model was built in a modest quantity of 448 examples, each of which was decorated with a numbered plaque featuring Sergio Pininfarina’s signature.
Benefiting from a limited chain of only two owners, this beautifully maintained and minimally driven Barchetta has been awarded twice at Cavallino, one of the Ferrari niche’s most important events, making for a particularly fine example of the rare collectible model. Chassis 124144 is the 166th example built, and was originally retailed to Jorge Carnicero, an investment banker residing in McLean, Virginia. A passionate Ferrari collector, Mr. Carnicero has owned several other limited-production Maranello models, including an Enzo and a LaFerrari.
Mr. Carnicero drove the Barchetta quite sparingly over his 12 years of ownership, presenting the car several times at the Cavallino Classic and winning a Platinum Award in 2011, and Jet Aviation’s Coppa per Dodici Cilindri award for the most outstanding 12-cylinder Ferrari in 2012. In 2013, Mr. Carnicero traded in the low-mileage Barchetta to a Ferrari dealership as partial payment for his LaFerrari, and the 550 was purchased by the consignor soon thereafter.
Displaying less than 350 miles as of cataloguing, this 550 Barchetta was the recipient of a full belt service conducted by Ferrari of Long Island in July 2017 that included the installation of a new battery. The car has all the original mechanical components and finishes, as documented by a Ferrari Classiche Red Book. Accompanied by the original owner’s manuals, tool kit, fitted luggage, and the accessory soft top, this impeccably preserved example of the rare and beautiful Pininfarina-commemorative, limited-edition model would make a superlative acquisition for any marque enthusiast.