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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 was first delivered to Rödermark, Germany in October 2001. Supplied in the original and most stunning combination of Nero over a Tan Hide sports seats, this car also benefits from Scuderia enamel wing shields and Nero brake calipers that sit behind the original Speedline split wheels. During its time in Germany the car received a full main dealer service history.
The car was exported to the United Kingdom in 2012 and since then has benefitted from an extensive service history by ourselves as well as at other well respected Ferrari Specialists.
Today the car has covered just 9,700 Miles and is presented in superb condition. Accompanied by its original Barchetta soft top, all original tools, spare keys, fobs and books including the Ferrari torch and matched by the personalised Rosso 550 Barchetta wallet and original "Certificate of Origin". This exceptional Barchetta is located in our showrooms just outside London and is available to view immediately.