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This Rare 550 Barchetta Is The Last Front-Engined V-12 Ferrari!

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.

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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

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Why Ferrari made it
It was built to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pininfarina

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”.
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It also has a few tasteful but reversable mods
A new exhaust and an Alpine stereo have been installed, but the original ones come with the car too

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.

Ferrari 550 Barchetta specifications
Engine 5.5-liter V-12
Power 478 HP
Torque 419 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.2 seconds
Top Speed 186 mph

This 550 Barchetta

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A late Ferrari 550 Bachetta is certainly not a common sight
And the owner of this one is finally ready to part with it

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.

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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

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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