A rare 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta is looking for its new owner, and it’s a prime example of a car that could seriously increase in value.by Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 03:35
It goes without saying that we are spoiled for choice when it comes to future classic cars. This is especially true nowadays when the main priorities in the automotive industry are cutting costs and producing more eco-friendly vehicles. Because of this, most modern cars will not appreciate nor become desirable collector’s items. Because of this cars like this rare Ferrari 550 Barchetta are bound to appreciate even more. Luckily, you can still pick them up relatively affordable (for a rare exotic car).
A quick recap on the 550 Barchetta
The Ferrari 550 Barchetta was essentially a topless version of the 550 Maranello. It was built by Ferrari to celebrate Pininfarina’s 70th anniversary. Instead of a convertible top, Ferrari provided a temporary soft top, the sole purpose of which was to protect the interior from the rain. It was not safe to use at speeds of over 70 mph (113 km/h).
Initially, Ferrari meant to build just 444 units but ended up producing 448, because of the superstition surrounding the number “four” in Japan. The Japanese word for “four” is sometimes pronounced “shi”, which also means “death”.
The engine was the same 5.5-liter V-12 with 478 horsepower and 419 pound-feet (568 Nm). While the 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time remained 4.2 seconds, the top speed dropped from 200 mph (322 km/h) for the Maranello, to 186 mph (300 km/h) for the Barchetta.
|0 to 60 mph||4.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||186 mph|
This 550 Barchetta
The Barchetta listed for sale is located at Sun Valley, Idaho. Given that the chassis serial number is 124,248, it is believed that this is one of the later cars. The car has only 8,173 miles (13,154 km) and is in excellent condition. The red exterior and black leather interior seem to be well-preserved.
There are a few minor mods to the car, but nothing irreversible. These include a new exhaust and an Alpine stereo. Both the original exhaust system and radio come with the car. In 2014, the car underwent a full service at Miller Motorcar Ferrari, in Greenwich CT. In 2018, the car had a PPI (Pre-Purchase Inspection), at Ferrari, Salt Lake City. The 550 Barchetta also comes with new tires, a tool kit, and a brand new battery.
From the 448 made, 42 were indented for the U.K. market and were right-hand-drive. This leaves a total of 406 left-hand-drive 550 Barchettas.
All cars were equipped with a six-speed gated manual. The asking price is listed as “Price on Request”, but given the values of other cars, we assume that the owner would be willing to part ways with his Barchetta for something around the $400,000 - $500,000 price range.
Whoever decides to spend the money on this Ferrari 550 Barchetta will have a rare, unique, and significant V-12 Prancing horse.
Source: Classic Driver