‘The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina was designed to recall the glories of successful road racers of the past, such as the 166 MM, and thoroughbred front-engined 12-cylinder Ferrari roadsters of the calibre of the 250 GT California and 365 GTS/4 Daytona. 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.’ – Ferrari.
The long association between Ferrari and Pininfarina has been responsible for the creation of some of the most sublime fusions of art and automotive technology, and to mark the world renowned Carrozzeria’s 70th Anniversary in 2000, Ferrari supremo Luca di Montezemolo invited Sergio Pininfarina to submit designs for a front-engined roadster embodying the spirit of past Maranello classics. Choosing the 550 Maranello coupé as the basis, the maestro proposed a return to the traditional barchetta style.
In Ferrari’s own words: ‘Functional and unadorned with a simple manual soft-top, the barchetta-style solution has enabled Ferrari’s engineers to offset the additional weight gained by reinforcing the chassis and fitting rear roll bars. Consequently the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina weighs no more than the 500 Maranello.’
The heart of any Ferrari is its engine, and the Barchetta Pininfarina’s 48-valve, 5.5-litre V12 is the same as that of the 550 Maranello, developing 485bhp at 7,000rpm. All main engine castings of this state-of-the-art power unit are in light alloy, the aluminium wet liners are Nikasil coated and the connecting rods are titanium alloy. The design of the inlet and exhaust systems is derived directly from that of Ferrari’s Formula 1 engines, providing the optimum balance between volumetric and combustion efficiency. Variable intake geometry helps increase both torque and maximum power as its manufacturer explains: ‘Ferrari’s patented system incorporates a third plenum in the intake manifold which varies the fluid dynamic characteristics. Air is taken in via 12 electro-pneumatic throttle valves which are governed by the engine’s CPU. This control ensures optimum performance at all engine speeds, guaranteeing excellent torque delivery throughout the rev range.’ One expects nothing less from Ferrari.
Finished in Blue tour de France and Dark grey interior, this car is presented in excellent condition throughout. Interestingly, the 550 was the last Ferrari to go given numeration which informs us that this is number 221 out of 448.
Included in the history file are all its original books and numerous invoices documenting a full service history by Ferrari specialists Pozzi. Additionally you will find a bill of sale for the car dated the 29th October 2001 for 1.5million French francs.
Having undergone an engine belt change in April 2016, this car is truly ready to be enjoyed by its new owner. A very rare opportunity to purchase a privately owned, one owner from new car. The vendor will kindly leave two helmets and two caps in the trunk as a gift.
De couleur bleu Tour de France avec un intérieur Gris foncé , cette voiture est en excellent état général. La 550 a été la dernière Ferrari avec un numéro indiquant que c’était la 221 sur 448.
Dans son dossier se trouvent les livrets originaux, et de nombreuses factures témoignant d’un entretien complet par le spécialiste de Ferrari, Pozzi. Vous y trouverez aussi une facture d’achat de la voiture datée du 29 Octobre 2001 pour 1.5 millions de Francs français.
La courroie ayant été changée en Avril 2016 la voiture est prête à donner satisfaction à son nouvel acquéreur. Une très rare occasion d’acquérir une voiture qui a appartenu à une seule personne auparavant. Le vendeur laissera aimablement, en cadeau, 2 casques et 2 casquettes dans le coffre.