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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Greg Garrison, Thousand Oaks, California (acquired new in July 2001)Second Owner, California (acquired in July 2007)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Introduced in 1996, the 550 Maranello replaced the outgoing Testarossa-based F512 M, heralding Ferrari’s return to the two-seat, front-engine V-12 coupe layout, not seen since the 365 GTB/4 Daytona was discontinued after 1973. Named in recognition of its home and sophisticated 5.5-liter V-12 engine’s displacement, the 550 Maranello delivered 485 peak bhp with twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, four valves per cylinder, Bosch Motronic 5.2 electronic fuel-injection and engine management, plus competitiontype dry-sump lubrication. In 2000, the striking Barchetta (“little boat”) Pininfarina variant of the 550 Maranello was released, recalling the glorious Touring-bodied, Mille Miglia-winning 166 MM of the early 1950s. Far more than a stylistic throwback, the new-generation Barchetta commemorated the 70th anniversary of long-time Ferrari partner Pininfarina at its 2000 Paris Motor Show debut.
Some 15 years later, the 550 Barchetta remains undoubtedly one of the most desirable, attractive, and adventurous V-12 Ferraris of the modern era. In fact, one could argue the 550 Barchetta marked a return to the Ferrari excitement of some 40 years earlier with spectacular performance, manual gearbox, open two-seat coachwork, and even a spacious trunk that could easily carry enough luggage for two on a cross-country drive. Best of all, the 550 Barchetta was a true roadster, fitted with sport seats and a soft top suited only for low-speed emergency use, encouraging thrilling drives onsunny days along scenic highways. Performance and driving dynamics remain incredible, with a 485 bhp DOHC, 48-valve engine, classically gated six-speed gear shifter, and near-perfect weight distribution with the front-mounted engine offset by a rear transaxle. Only 448 examples of the 550 Barchetta were built, and, as when new, they continue to enchant true Ferrari driving enthusiasts and astute collectors wherever one appears today.
Seductively finished in outstanding Grigio Titanio (Titanium Gray) metallic paint over Bordeaux leather upholstery, this 550 Barchetta was purchased new in July 2001 at Ferrari of Beverly Hills by Greg Garrison, the legendary TV producer and Ferrari collector. The front of the Barchetta’s original Ferrari service book confirms this exceptional provenance. A CARFAX report accompanies the Barchetta, detailing its history to date, including limited ownership, regular service performed, and low mileage, which stood at approximately 4,900 miles when the vehicle was purchased by the current owner in late 2013. Further attesting to its correctness and originality, the Barchetta received Ferrari Classiche Certification in 2015, and the Red Book is included with the sale of this very special automobile. Highly collectible as the last of the manual-gearbox, V-12 Ferrari Barchettas, it is a true modern classic.