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  Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:2001
Numbers built:448
Designed by:Pininfarina
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe first car to leave the Maranello factory in 1947 was a red, V12-engined barchetta. From the outset it was designed as a racing car and it went on to win at its second outing - the Grand Prix of Rome. Alongside the racing cars development continued apace for a road-going version. This is how the 166 MM - the first Ferrari to win the Le Mans 24 Hours and also see use as a high-performance, road-going two-seater - was created. The history of the V12 front-engined Ferraris started here. Many were to follow, and amongst the most significant were the 250 California and the 365 GTS4, which is better known as the Daytona. The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina is the perfect interpretation of the classic, open-top front-engined V12 Ferrari sports car, complete with modern styling and technology. The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina has a traditional barchetta-style cut to the windscreen (around 100 mm lower than the 550 Maranello) with a body-coloured finish to the lower section of the surround. Furthermore it reflects the past as a model aimed exclusively at open-air use, providing just a manual soft-top for emergency use. The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina is a modern recreation of special Ferrari models from the past. It has been intentionally designed to be provocative and more extreme than the rest of the company's current range. As such only a limited number of cars will be produced in Maranello during 2001, each individually numbered and carrying a plaque inside with the car's own serial number and Sergio Pininfarina's signature.
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