Ferrari unveiled in September 2000 a highly exclusive limited edition 550. The "550 Barchetta" was to be built to celebrate Pininfarina's 70th Anniversary. Just 448 units were produced and all were pre sold to VIP Ferrari preferred clients. Apart from some supplementary bracing, the Barchetta's high tensile welded tubular steel chassis was much the same as the Berlinetta. Weight was practically unchanged too and meant performance would be on a par with the closed car, a 0-60 remaining at just 4.3 seconds.
It was the bodywork that inevitably saw the most radical alterations in the transition to Barchetta configuration, Pininfarina removing all evidence of a roof and cutting the windscreen down by 100mm to give a roadster-like appearance. A muscular tail, flat deck and roll hoops behind each headrest further transformed the restrained Berlinetta into a racey extrovert. New five spoke riveted alloy Speedline wheels were used and soon after became optionally available on the Maranello.
This LHD example is number 281 of 448 cars made and is presented in its original combination of Nero bodywork with Tan Leather Seats and a Nero leather cockpit. To the exterior this example benefits from Scuderia enamel wing shields and black calipers that sit behind the stunning and original unmarked Speedline split rims. This car was delivered to its first and only owner by Michel Weber on the 11th of October 2001. The car has had full main dealer service history since delivery and has covered just 6,000kms from new. The car is accompanied by all the original tools and books including the Ferrari torch and the personalised red 550 Barchetta wallet. Although currently German registered the car is available to view now at our showrooms just outside London.
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