Last V-12 open Ferrari produced: Ferrari 550 Barchetta @ Worldwide Auctioneers

Last V-12 open Ferrari produced: Ferrari 550 Barchetta @ Worldwide Auctioneers

• Car number 13 of just 448 produced worldwide
• Ferrari Classiche Certified
• Clean CARFAX® with just 5,058 miles from new
• Recent mechanical servicing including new tires
• Highly desirable as the last V-12 open Ferrari produced


Introduced to the eager press at the Nürburgring Circuit in July 1996, the Ferrari 550 Maranello made a big statement with an impressive naturally aspirated 5.5-litre V-12 motor that was cocooned by a long and stretched bonnet very much reminiscent of the beloved Daytona. Veering from their traditional mid-mounted engine, the newly designed Ferrari was crafted to lead the charge for Ferraris’ new series of front-engine flagship models. 


The sleek and aero-dynamic appearance of course came from Pininfarina and made a statement upon its unveiling. Four years after the Maranello was introduced, Ferrari wanted to do something special to celebrate their long-term partnership with Carrozzeria Pininfarina and their 70th anniversary. So, at the Paris Motor Show, they unveiled the limited numbered 550 Barchetta, which was based on the 550 Maranello platform, just without a permanent convertible top. 


A true Barchetta, it paid homage to some of the Ferrari greats, like the 166 MM, the 250 GT California Spyder, and the 365 GTS4 Daytona, and became an instant collectible.

 

With an uber limited production run of just 448 units across the globe, this example is car number 13, per the plaque affixed underneath the center console that is inscribed with Sergio Pininfarina's signature. Delivered new in Monaco, it has resided in a very significant Ferrari collection housed in both Monaco and the United States. It would first be registered in the United States in 2003 in the dry state of Arizona. The current owner, an Arizona collector, acquired the car in 2021 through Speed Art of Miami who represented the car on behalf of the original owner. Still residing in Arizona today, sparingly driven and always maintained over the last 23 years, the odometer displays just 5,058 miles, as the clean CARFAX® will verify. Beautifully presented in the classic and highly sought-after Ferrari color of Rosso Corsa over a Nero leather interior with complementing carbon fiber components throughout, it emulates speed and precision whether in motion or sitting still.


Under the Pininfarina-designed body, the newly introduced open-top Ferrari closely mimicked the mechanical characteristics of its Maranello Coupe counterpart. It boasts the same 5.5-litre 485-horsepower V-12 engine, which was constructed utilizing lightweight alloys for the block, cylinder heads, and sump. The engine is backed by a thrilling gated six-speed manual gearbox and features such as Brembo ventilated disc brakes, a self-adjusting suspension, hydraulic tappets, and a professionally installed industry-leading Tubi exhaust rounds out the impressive mechanical features.


Recently serviced at a Ferrari-certified dealer in Scottsdale, Arizona all the fluids and electrical systems were checked, and a new set of performance tires were fitted to ensure this Ferrari is ready for continued spirited driving and enjoyment. Accompanying this 550 is the authoritative Ferrari Classiche Certification, spare key and remote, correct matching serial number owner manuals and books, and of course a clean CARFAX® report. An instant hit upon its arrival because of its unique roadster styling and extremely limited production, this thrilling example and one-year-only model represents the very last 12-cylinder open Ferrari ever built. The 550 Barchetta has firmly established itself as a significant and highly collectible Ferrari and will take its place alongside many of the most important sports cars ever built.


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