2001 Ferrari 550 GTZ by Zagato

Courtesy of Bonhams

The completion of the three Ferrari 550 GTZ barchetta sports cars bodied by Carrozzeria Zagato successfully concluded the so-called Zero Project. The project was instigated when Zagato received a request from Japanese collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi asking if it would be possible to create a body for his Ferrari 575M, in the style of the famous 250 GTZ berlinetta of 1956. That started the rebodying of six Ferrari 575 GTs and three Ferrari 550 Barchettas. These nine very special Zero Project cars were delivered to selected private owners around the world.

When Zagato informed Ferrari of the project, they considered it an ideal opportunity to celebrate the 250 GTZ’s 50th anniversary. The Ferrari 575 GTZ appeared in the Annuario Ferrari, confirming Maranello’s support for the project, and it was not long before other wealthy collectors began inquiring about the possibility of obtaining one of their own.

Commissioned by the original, titled owner in consultation with Zagato, this right-hand-drive barchetta Zagato is the last of the series. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Zagato, invoices for Zagato’s work and a photographic record of the project. The current mileage total stands at circa 2,700.

Steve Ahlgrim

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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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