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Coachwork by Pininfarina
In 1996, Ferrari unveiled the 550 Maranello, a model that returned the company to its roots of constructing front-engine V-12 sports cars, and a layout not seen since the legendary 365 GTB/4 Daytona of 1968–73. A classic two-seat design by Pininfarina, the 550 Maranello had a number of styling cues that paid homage to its vaunted predecessor.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pininfarina, the design firm and coachbuilder with long-standing ties to the Italian carmaker, Ferrari introduced a roadster variant of the 550 Maranello at the 2000 Paris motor show. With a shape and a name that harkened to the sports cars of the 1950s, the new model featured a cutdown, more deeply raked windshield, and a simple, manual cloth soft top intended only for emergency use. The 550 Barchetta’s other distinctive features included Ferrari badges on the front fenders, an exposed aluminum fuel filler cap, unique 18" modular wheels, and a restyled rear deck that offered more available trunk space than the 550 Maranello coupe upon which it was based.
Powered by the same exciting power train as the 550 Maranello, consisting of a 48-valve, 5.5-liter 485 hp V-12 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, performance figures for the Barchetta were similar with 0–60 mph arriving in 4.4 seconds, a 12.5-second quarter-mile, and 186 mph top speed.
The 2001 550 Barchetta offered here is an original and desirable US- specification model. Finished in a very attractive and rarely seen black over black color scheme, the consignor notes that this example is equipped with the factory “race” seats, extra interior carbon fiber trim, and red-painted brake calipers. Registering less than 13,000 miles, the Ferrari remains in excellent cosmetic condition and presents very well throughout, with the front end protected by clear bra paint-protection film. Evidenced by its CARFAX Vehicle History Report, this car was serviced over the years and was most recently serviced again by a specialist in May 2019, when the Barchetta received new timing belts, fluids, and new tires in preparation for this sale.
With each car bearing a numbered plaque on the dashboard with Sergio Pininfarina’s signature, just 448 examples of the 550 Barchetta were built and reserved for Ferrari’s most faithful customers. Replete with its tools, keys, soft top, and even a seldom-seen emergency spare tire, the sale of this 550 Barchetta presents a rare opportunity to purchase a very exclusive and collectible open-air V-12 Ferrari with a manual gearbox.