2002 Ferrari 550
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2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Registration no. VF02 OVT
Chassis no. ZFFZR52B000124120
Engine no. 62354
'The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina was designed to recall the glories of successful road racers of the past, such as the 166MM, and thoroughbred front-engined 12-cylinder Ferrari roadsters of the calibre of the 250GT California and 365GTS/4 Daytona. Ferrari has always created very special runs of cars, and the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina was developed with the aim of being a unique Ferrari - one that deliberately seeks to be more provocative and less rational than the rest of the range.' - Ferrari.
The long association between Ferrari and Pininfarina has been responsible for the creation of some of the most sublime fusions of art and automotive technology, and to mark the world renowned Carrozzeria's 70th Anniversary in 2000, Ferrari supremo Luca di Montezemolo invited Sergio Pininfarina to submit designs for a front-engined roadster embodying the spirit of past Maranello classics. Choosing the 550 Maranello coupé as the basis, the maestro proposed a return to the traditional barchetta style.
In Ferrari's own words: 'Functional and unadorned with a simple manual soft-top, the barchetta-style solution has enabled Ferrari's engineers to offset the additional weight gained by reinforcing the chassis and fitting rear roll bars. Consequently the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina weighs no more than the 500 Maranello.'
The heart of any Ferrari is its engine, and the Barchetta Pininfarina's 48-valve, 5.5-litre V12 is the same as that of the 550 Maranello, developing 485bhp at 7,000rpm. All main engine castings of this state-of-the-art power unit are in light alloy, the aluminium wet liners are Nikasil coated and the connecting rods are titanium alloy. The design of the inlet and exhaust systems is derived directly from that of Ferrari's Formula 1 engines, providing the optimum balance between volumetric and combustion efficiency. Variable intake geometry helps increase both torque and maximum power as its manufacturer explains: 'Ferrari's patented system incorporates a third plenum in the intake manifold which varies the fluid dynamic characteristics. Air is taken in via 12 electro-pneumatic throttle valves which are governed by the engine's CPU. This control ensures optimum performance at all engine speeds, guaranteeing excellent torque delivery throughout the rev range.' One expects nothing less from Ferrari.
Standard equipment included electric windows and door mirrors, air conditioning, remote alarm and central locking, and split-rim alloy wheels. The production run was limited to 448 cars, each individually numbered and carrying a plaque inside with its own serial number and Sergio Pininfarina's signature. The result was an instant classic, with production reserved for a handful of faithful Ferraristi.
This left-hand drive example, number '142', was supplied new by Ferrari France (Charles Pozzi) and has covered only some 15,900 Kilometres (approximately 9,900 miles) from new. The car was first registered in the UK on 22nd August 2012 and in October 2014 was serviced by Carrs Ferrari in Marsh Barton, Exeter, while earlier this year the cam belts were changed by Dick Lovett Ferrari (bill on file).
The car is finished in Argento Nürburgring with black leather interior, and in addition to the standard equipment listed above is equipped with the following options: Scuderia Shields to front wings, aluminium brake callipers, fire extinguisher in foot well, and steering wheel in charcoal colour. This particular car also has the Michalak Design hood upgrade, which allows it to be driven at higher speeds than with the standard hood (included in the sale). Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned service bill, Ferrari Certificate of Origin, UK V5C registration document and the original stamped service booklet recording services in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The car will be offered for sale MoT'd and freshly serviced by an authorised Ferrari dealer. Presented in beautiful condition, this most exclusive modern Ferrari would be a credit to any private collection.