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Coachwork by Pininfarina
From A Private Ferrari Spider CollectionFirst Owner (acquired via Charles Pozzi Ferrari circa 2001)William A. Bader, Norwalk, Ohio (acquired in 2002)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
In summer 1996, Ferrari introduced the 550 Maranello at the Nürburgring. With its long hood and short deck, the front-engine grand tourer was a stunning departure from the automaker’s recent line of mid-engine offerings. It was Ferrari’s first front-engine, two-seater V-12 platform since the Berlinetta Boxer replaced the 365 GTB/4 Daytona in 1973. The graceful Pininfarina design was intended to be a classic from its inception, with styling cues harking back to the exalted 250 GTs of prior decades.
To celebrate Pininfarina’s 70th anniversary, Ferrari’s longtime designer and coachbuilder was invited to build a very exclusive roadster reminiscent of the marque’s fabled 1950s Barchetta sports racers. Building on classic 550 Maranello styling, Pininfarina designers removed the roof to create a roadster. A reinforced cowl added structural rigidity, and individual roll bars provided safety while bolstering the car’s sporty appearance. A lower, more rakish windshield established a lithe profile, and a minimalist convertible top reduced weight while providing protection from the elements. Additional styling features included modular 18" wheels, an exposed aluminum fuel cap, front fender badges, and a revised rear deck. Inside, the car was fitted with leather and carbon fiber seats and featured carbon fiber details throughout. Luca di Montezemolo unveiled the Ferrari 550 Barchetta to rave reviews at the Paris Motor Show in 2000. Just 448 signed and numbered examples were built.
This 550 Barchetta, no. 141, was completed in April 2001, and finished in Rosso Corsa (Racing Red) over Nero (Black) leather. Originally sold by Charles Pozzi Ferrari in Levallois-Perret, France, the car’s second owner, William A. Bader of Norwalk, Ohio, acquired it in 2002, and began the process of importing the car to the US when it displayed just 39 miles on the odometer. It would take Mr. Bader until 2004 to have the extraordinary roadster federalized for use in the US. Thereafter, Mr. Bader drove the car sparingly and stored it in an inflatable bubble to preserve its as-delivered condition. In 2017, the amazingly original Barchetta was passed to the consignor. A major service was commissioned, including replacing all original belts, filters, upper gaskets, seals, and Pirelli P Zero tires. The electronics and cosmetics were also addressed, and original parts were retained and are included in the sale.
The car displayed just 682 miles at the time of cataloguing and its originality shows down to the factory protective plastic over the interior carpets. It is presented with books, leather folio, tool kit, top storage bag, and Ferrari car cover. With limited production, exclusive Pininfarina styling, and Ferrari V-12 performance, this car offers the buyer an exceedingly rare opportunity to own a truly pristine open-air Ferrari.