It’s summertime, so why not take your top off? We’re talking about your car here, so pull the string vest back down! This isn’t the time. It is, however, the time to get your hands on some rare and roofless Ferrari exotica. Namely a 2001 550 Barchetta Pininfarina and a 2005 575 Superamerica.
They’ve hardly been used, having clocked up just 1,625 and 1,380 miles respectively. That’s a crime, these cars need to be out in the sun and they need to be seen. If your pockets are deep enough, you could make that happen. Though they’ll have to be very deep indeed. We’ll come back to that in a bit.
The 550 is arguably the most exciting. Mainly because is has three pedal and a gear stick. It’s a lot of car to try and drive through a manual ‘box, but oh man, what a fun challenge! Oh, it’s also bright yellow, so you won’t lose it.
The Pininfarina styling is utterly sublime, with lines that swoop and flow in exactly the way you’d want automotive perfection to. The 550’s signature bonnet vent shows that the only thing here that’s soft is the top. It kicks out 478bhp from its 5. litre V12 engine, so it’s no poser – it has the skills to pay the bills! It’s also pretty damn exclusive, t00 – only 448 were built.
If you fancy something a bit more subtle in hue, then there’s the 575. It’s also more of a car, too. it has a solid roof, made of carbon fibre. Whereas the 500 only has a fabric ‘temporary’ roof that’s only good up to 70mph. Also, the gearbox in the 575 is an F1 derived paddle-shift unit and, well, it’s not yellow.
The 575 is more of a cruiser. Perfect for a blat down to the South of France, for example. And blat would be the right word. The 5.7 V12 engine kicks out 508bhp, which isn’t too shabby at all! It could make even the 550 blush. That’s some power!
So how much are these fine machines? Well, a lot. What? They’re rare Ferraris. They weren’t going to be £3,995 were they? No, try £395,000 for the 550 and a bargain-by-comparison £379,995 for the 575. Hmm, super cheap!
Okay, so they’re not cheap. That’s the joy that comes from being two of the most exclusive cars on the road. Utter works of art from bumper to bumper, these cars are going to make someone very happy when they’re bought. We just hope the new owners do the right thing and get some proper use out of them. Failing that, we can do it for you!
For more info, head over to Hexagon’s site.