To mark the world-renowned carrozzeria’s 70th anniversary in 2000, Ferrari invited Sergio Pininfarina to submit designs for a front-engined roadster that would capture the spirit of past Maranello classics, such as the 166 Mille Miglia, 250 GT California Spyder and 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder. In its manufacturer’s own words: “Ferrari has always created very special runs of cars, and the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina was developed with the aim of being a unique Ferrari-one that deliberately seeks to be more provocative and less rational than the rest of the range.”
By “less rational” Ferrari was referring to the fact that the car was exclusively intended for open-air use, its only weather protection being a manually erected soft top for emergencies. The Barchetta’s stylish interior emphasizes the car’s sporting nature, featuring carbon-fiber race seats trimmed in leather, while the rear roll bar and specially strengthened windshield surround provide additional structural reinforcement. The all-alloy, 48-valve, 5.5-liter V12 engine is the same as that of the 550 Maranello, developing 485 hp at 7,000 rpm for a top speed of 185 mph.
As well as Pininfarina’s 70th anniversary, the introduction of the 550 Barchetta celebrated 50 years of collaboration between Ferrari and Italy’s most famous carrozzeria. Announced Ferrari: “As such, only a limited run of 448 cars will leave the Maranello factory gates during 2001, each individually numbered and carrying a plaque inside with the car’s own serial number and Sergio Pininfarina’s signature.”
Chassis number 124036 was supplied by Ferrari concessionaire Forza SpA, of Turin, Italy, in May 2001. The total distance traveled to date is 7,500 km. Offered in as-new condition, the car is Italian registered and comes with cover, books and tools.