• 2000 Ferrari 550 Barchetta GTZ by Zagato

The idea of developing a unique Ferrari 550 GTZ begun when Yoshiyuki Hayashi, the famous Japanese collector, asked for a special body for his Ferrari 575M, in the style of the famous 250GTZ Berlinetta of 1956. When Zagato received his request they informed Ferrari of the project, and they considered it an ideal opportunity to celebrate that model’s 50th anniversary. This chain of events is what led to the creation of a Ferrari that harkens back to the 250GTZ with aFerrari 575 base. The car was great as a coupe model, but Zagato wanted to create a special roadster version, and so they did.

For this project Zagato chose to work with the 550 Barchetta. This model is powered by the same 5.5-liter V12 engine that develops 485 HP at 7,000rpm. The design of the inlet and exhaust systems is derived directly from that of Ferrari’s Formula 1 engines. After five months of intense work they obtained an amazing car featuring the Ferrari prancing horse on its bonnet and the ’Z’ of Zagato on its side.

The right-hand drive Barchetta Zagato ’N9’ features a combination of a dark gray exterior finish and cream leather interior, and has only 900 miles on the odometer. At a recent Bonhams auction in UK it was sold for £353,500 or around $550,000 at the current exchange rates.


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  (528) posted on 03.30.2011

I think the front bumper makes the car a little bit ugly. Nonetheless,the car performance would be exceptional with v12 technology.

  (410) posted on 03.18.2011

It’s not that ugly but not pretty as well. Looking at the present design of Ferrari,
I will not definitely be considering this one. And $550,000, is such a big amount, and I think only those who have resources can afford this one.

  (463) posted on 02.3.2011

Real bumpers don’t need to be cosmetically repainted every year with expensive flexor paints. It is made out of metal and involves either absurd protection like this car, the early Camaro Rally Sport, the Alfa Spider’s chrome afterthought bumper, or a big bar of metal like a guard rail.

  (433) posted on 02.3.2011

All this molded plastic where you should see structure just isn’t right. Cars are designed best when their underpinnings are part of the design, and organic flow. Not draping plastic shrouds and obtuse shapes onto some "thing" underneath. This car is a perfect example of elegant auto shape, structure and style.

  (506) posted on 12.12.2010

dang that was so amazing, I really love the looks and design of the 550 barchetta... even its already 10 years since its lunch...

  (797) posted on 12.9.2010

The design of the inlet and exhaust runners is derived directly from those used on the cylinder heads in Formula 1, providing the optimum balance between volumetric and combustion efficiency.

  (460) posted on 12.9.2010

old but goodie, this type of car never grows old. they mabe hiding but never forgotten. also a car like this should be treasured by their owners.

  (111) posted on 12.9.2010

Not a fan of expensive cars, but this one is kind of sweet. Finally a car for a man that wants the car to be more about power and less about the will to step out of the crowd. And this would of been much better achieved if the car wasn’t convertible.

  (73) posted on 12.9.2010

What are those two bums in the spoiler? Fog lamps? Air intakes? lol ugly!

  (433) posted on 12.8.2010

lovely looking car, oh well what do you expect from ferrari of course every cents of you hundred thousand bucks is worthy to it.

  (701) posted on 12.8.2010

Unsprung weight of the Barchetta Pininfarina has been safely lightened to provide pinpoint steering and perfect control of the car in all conditions, especially those necessitating excellent overall dynamic balance.

  (69) posted on 12.8.2010

Maybe if they did it in red paintjob would of blinded some people and made it more appealing!

  (151) posted on 12.8.2010

Love the wheels, somehow in my mind they look like Mercedes... and I love Mercedes.

  (45) posted on 12.8.2010

No offense to Ferrari design team but this is one of the ugliest Ferrari. Any 400+ bhp engine is good, but when you buy a Ferrari you need to shine smiley

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