In the Ferrari world, rare is special — and it means big money. One of the rarest modern Ferrari models is this 2001 550 Barchetta, as Ferrari built just 448 examples of this car — and they’re all individually numbered, so you can be sure it was indeed precisely 448, as each car got a specific plaque letting you know precisely where it fell in the sequence.
This particular 550 Barchetta is especially impressive, as it’s traveled just 1,882 miles from new — meaning it’s likely one of the best-preserved models out there. The photos in this listing seem to prove that, as this car is absolutely pristine, with virtually no wear anywhere — and it looks much like it probably did when it was sold new in 2001.
That’s a big deal in the Ferrari world, because these cars are hard to find. The 550 Barchetta was basically a 550 Maranello with no roof, although a temporary top was provided for emergency situations. It’s an absolutely gorgeous look, diminished only by roll bars behind the seats that were necessary for regulations. It’s also one of the last limited-production Ferrari models with a manual transmission, as later versions — like the 360 Challenge Stradale, 575M Superamerica, and 430 Scuderia, were either entirely or mostly offered with automatics.
If you’re interested, this 550 Barchetta is — no surprise — huge money. It’s offered by Ferrari of San Francisco for $579,000, though I personally think the 550 Barchetta is probably a bit of a bargain compared to where prices will be in the future. Find a Ferrari 550 Maranello for sale
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