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2001 FERRARI 550 BARCHETTA - £399,950

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With the introduction of the 550 Maranello in 1997, Ferrari returned to its custom of building front-engined V12 sports cars, reviving a style that had remained dormant since the demise of the 365GTB/4 'Daytona' in 1974. The 550 Maranello's 48-valve, 5.5-litre V12 developed 485bhp at 7,000rpm, some 100-or-so horsepower more than the Daytona's. Ferrari had discovered that providing optimum balance in a front-engined sports car necessitated the use of a rear transaxle, and the Maranello's came with six speeds. The power train was contained in a tubular steel chassis, to which was attached aluminium coachwork, while the all-independent suspension incorporated dual-mode (normal/sports) damping, switch-selectable by the driver, which was complemented by speed-sensitive power-assisted steering. Styled by Pininfarina like its illustrious 'Daytona' predecessor, the 550 Maranello adopted the traditional combination of long bonnet, small cabin and truncated tail. The body's aerodynamics were developed in the wind tunnel, where hours of testing guaranteed that the minimum of drag was combined with constant downforce regardless of set up, an important consideration in a 200mph road car. Styling details such as the bonnet air scoop and hot air outlets behind the front wheelarches recalled the great competizione Ferraris of the past, in particular the immortal 250GTO, while the tail incorporated Ferrari's characteristic twin circular lights. The 550 Barchetta was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 2000. The car was a true roadster with no real convertible top provided, while a temporary roof was provided by the factory it was advised that the car was not to exceed 70mph. A total of 448 Barchettas were built, 4 more than originally planned to placate the superstitious Japanese market, along with a total of 12 prototypes that are indistinguishable from the final production version save for a plaque mounted in the car that reads from P01-P12. The car we are offering is one of the finest available globally having covered only 870km from new. Delivered new to Italy finished in Grigio Alloy over Nero Interior, the car left the factory with 2 open face Ferrari helmets that are still in absolutely immaculate condition. Also accompanying the car are a set of spare keys, Classiche Certification, spare light bulbs, a complete book pack, tyre pump kit, tool kit, number plate brackets and a reflective roadside triangle. The vehicle's most recent service took place in August of this year and consisted of a cambelt change, amongst other items.

  • 545 Miles
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 N/A
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 LHD
  • RefCode: TA1098398

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