The 250th of just 448 Ferrari 550 Barchettas built
Just 15,000km from new, matching numbers and full Ferrari Classiche Certification
Accompanied by its original Schedoni luggage, two red Ferrari racing helmets, spare wheel, tool kit, owner’s manual and leather pouch
A limited-edition, open-top, front-engined V12 Ferrari with a manual gearbox
The Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
Creating a worthy successor for the eye-wateringly pretty GTS/4 ‘Daytona’ Spider was no mean feat for Ferrari, which probably explains why it took the company 31 years to finally do it. Suffice to say, the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina was worth the wait.
It was also a fitting way of commemorating the 70th birthday of Pininfarina, the illustrious engineer of elegance from Turin previously responsible for the design of such fabled Ferraris as the 250 GT ‘Lusso’ and, of course, the ‘Daytona’.
Introduced at the Paris salon in 2000, the Ferrari 550 Barchetta was drop-dead gorgeous, differing from its closed-roof counterpart in a number of intricate ways. The windscreen, for example, was shorter and more aggressively raked, resulting in a more sleek overall profile. The boot was restyled and, bizarrely for a convertible, more specious as a result. And the fuel filler cap was hewn from aluminium.
The Barchetta also received as standard several features that were optional (and, being a Ferrari, alarmingly expensive) on the coupe – big racing bucket seats, for example, a smattering of carbon-fibre trim and 19-inch two-piece alloy wheels. The front-engined V12 was a Barchetta in the truest sense of the word. Ferrari half-heartedly provided a soft-top, although it was only deemed ‘safe’ below 70mph. Who wants to drive their drop-top V12 in the rain, anyway?
Ferrari intended to build 444 examples of the 550 Barchetta, but four is an unlucky number in Japan, which worried the bigwigs in Maranello sufficiently enough for them to add four more. Each of the 448 cars (which immediately sold out) boasts an individually numbered plaque on the dash bearing the signature of Sergio Pininfarina. We, for one, are sure he was proud of this rare and incredibly elegant V12 Gran Turismo.
This Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
This Ferrari 550 Barchetta is number 250 of the 448 built. It was delivered to Kroymans Automotive B.V., the official Ferrari dealer in Holland, in August of 2001, finished in Rosso Corsa over a Nero interior. On the 25th of that month, the car’s first owner, P.M. Maronier, took delivery and assigned the Dutch registration ’70-HK-VT’.
On 15 July 2005, the Barchetta was serviced by Kroymans, when the mileage was noted as 5,344km. It was serviced again in October of 2012 after being purchased by its second owner, one R.J.M. Dassen De Heer. At that time, 11,749km were showing on the clock. The car received its full Ferrari Classiche Certification in February of 2013, confirming that it retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox and body.
Clearly yearning to hear more of that unobstructed V12 sound, this Ferrari’s owner fitted a straight-thru TubiStyle exhaust in April of 2015 at the cost of 5,000 euros. We can confirm that the car sounds every bit as good as you’d imagine from an uncorked Ferrari V12.
In late 2015, the car was offered for sale by the Louwman Group and purchased by its third and final owner. Since then, this Barchetta has been serviced by Official Ferrari Service Centres twice more, the most recent of which was in December of 2020, when the mileage was noted as just 15,202km. This included replacement of the cambelts, air-conditioning belt, water pump belt, pollen filter, engine oil, transaxle oil and oil and fuel filters.
The work also included the removal of the dashboard in order to refinish it its original coating. The switchgear, which notoriously became very sticky on this generation of Ferrari, was also replaced.
As you’d imagine from a car that’s had just three owners and covered a mere 15,000km from new, this Ferrari 550 Barchetta presents beautifully – you’ll find no sticky switchgear, faded Alcantara or flat paintwork here. Remarkably, the car is also accompanied by the ultra-rare Schedoni luggage set, which includes both a rucksack and a suit bag, and the red Ferrari racing crash helmets, which were delivered with each Barchetta.
A limited-edition drop-top Ferrari V12 with enough special features to distinguish it from its closed-roof counterpart, the 550 Barchetta is a veritable modern classic.
Items accompanying this Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
Price: £295,000 (GBP)
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