2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta

Displayed for the first time at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari’s new 550 Barchetta followed in a long line of exclusive, open-top, front-engine V12s. The Barchetta was built to celebrate Pininfarina’s 70th anniversary and its long relationship with the marque. The renowned coachbuilder styled the car as a truly special Ferrari. A more stimulating and less rational car, it was exclusively intended for open-top motoring.

The 550 Barchettas were powered by the same alloy, 48-valve, four-cam engine as fitted to the berlinetta that could take the open car to a top speed of 185 mph. When introduced, the limited production was immediately sold to an elite group of Ferrari’s most loyal customers. Since the Barchetta, there has not been another open-top V12 roadster, ensuring the car of a special status among Ferrari road cars.

Presented here is a most exciting opportunity to acquire the 315th of only 448 550 Barchettas ever built. Finished in Rosso Corsa over a tan leather interior and fitted with the classic Scuderia shields, this open 550 looks the part of a limited-edition modern Ferrari and has the performance to match.

This Barchetta was sold in Monaco in May 2002 and subsequently imported into the U.S. that September. Shortly thereafter, the striking Ferrari made its U.S. concours debut at the prestigious Cavallino Concours held at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

As of 2003, the Barchetta had accumulated less than 200 miles and had relocated from Florida to the Chicago area. The 550 Barchetta is prized for its rarity, excellent condition, and distinctive design, and, in the care of its most recent owner, this Ferrari has seen little if any use. As a result, at the time of cataloging, this Ferrari V12 had yet to cover 1,000 miles from new.

As its minimal mileage indicates, this Ferrari remains essentially in as-new condition. It displays excellent paintwork, a clean, largely unmarked interior, and tidy compartments. No mechanical work has been required; however, should its new owner wish to enjoy the 550’s dynamic qualities, a service and inspection are encouraged.

Many Ferrari enthusiasts are of the opinion that the 550 Maranello will be a true collector’s piece in the years to come. The more exclusive version-the exciting Barchetta-will certainly lead the way for these wonderful Ferraris. Open-top, front-engine V12 Ferraris are among the most collectible post-war sports cars in today’s market, so it would be entirely fitting for a Ferrari collector to have an outstanding example of the 550 Barchetta sitting alongside a 250 California, 275 GTS/4, and Daytona Spyder.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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