Ferrari introduced a roadster version of the 550 at the Paris Motor Show in 2000 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Pininfarina. The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina was a true Barchetta with no real convertible top provided. The factory did provide a cloth soft top, but it was intended only for temporary use to protect the interior from rain as using the top above 70 mph (113 km/h) was not deemed safe.
Aesthetically, the Barchetta featured a more deeply raked windshield than the coupe for improved aero dynamics, roll-over hoops behind the seats for the driver and passenger safety and a longer rear section than the coupe to complete the smooth overall design resulting in more cargo space than its hard top equivalent.
Other changes included new 19-inch alloy wheels specially made for the Barchetta. A total of 448 cars were produced, four more than the initially planned 444 cars due to the concerns of superstition in the Japanese market about the number 4.
The mechanical underpinnings of the car remained the same as its coupe counterpart but the engine was given the F133C code mainly for differentiation. Performance figures differed significantly as compared to the 550 Maranello due to the loss of a roof, with 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) acceleration time increasing to 4.4 seconds and top speed reduced to 186 mph (300 km/h). All the 448 cars had a numbered plaque on the dashboard with Sergio Pininfarina’s signature.
LHD, Number 236 Of 448, Carbon Fibre Seats, Blue Racing Harnesses, Fire Extinguisher, Original Tool Box, Sport Button, Removable Fabric Roof, Radio/CD Changer, Traction Control, Ferrari Cover, Trickle Charger, Air Conditioning,
Finished in a pristine coat of Tour De Blu, the angular body of this mighty V12 GT presents in top order. A particularly strong colour for the halo V12 model, the paintwork is in excellent condition with a deep hue that sparkles beautifully after covering so little miles in its seventeen years.
Two side exit grilles adorn the flanks to allow heat dissipation, a well designed feature and a nod to the classic V12 Ferraris of bygone days.
The cabin of this 550 is beautifully appointed and has been exceptionally well looked after over the years. Crema leather covers the majority, beautifully stitched using only the finest hide, whilst the addition of blue harnesses offers a sporting contrast along with the carbon backed bucket seats.
The interior space is further defined with an assortment of tech and luxury materials; the alcantara instrument surround, subtle chrome features around the air vents, dials and of course the centrepiece gated manual gear stick, carbon topped and further surrounded by carbon with the build plaque and designing signature attached.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 5.5L V12 engine is a design masterpiece and was commended with a win in the “Over 4 litre” Class of International Engine of the Year award for both 2000 and 2001.
The mighty naturally aspirated engine is mated to the sublime 6 speed gated manual box which slots into every gear with a satisfying bolt action; there is no doubt that this GT will remain one of the last greats of analogue driving pleasure.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 550 split rims have been thoroughly looked after as such they present in immaculate condition with no marks or scuffs.
Matching Michelin Pilot Sport on all four corners show plenty of tread remaining. Brake calipers, discs and pads are all in fine health.
This 550 Barchetta was first registered in Luxembourg on the 10/08/2001 where it’s lived the majority of it’s life. In June 2015 it was imported into the UK and sold to its only UK owner where the car has been kept in heated storage ever since.
The history file is complete with the original tool kit, leather hand books and all books, spare keys, alarm fobs and all service invoices. Also present is a Ferrari certificate of origin specific to this car.
Whilst Octane Collection. (“we”) attempt to make sure that the information contained in this website is accurate and complete, we are aware that some errors and omissions may occur from time to time. We are not able therefore, to guarantee the accuracy of that information and cannot accept liability for loss or damage arising from misleading information or for any reliance on which you may place on the information contained in this website. We highly recommend that you examine the vehicle to check the accuracy of the information supplied. If you have any queries with regard to any information on our website, please contact us at email@example.com. This disclaimer does not affect your statutory rights.