April 17, 2000
successor to the 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider
1974, there has been no real successor to
Ferraris last legendary convertible, the
365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider. The waiting is over:
Ferrari will present a convertible version of the
550 Maranello at the Paris Motor Show in
September. The car will probably be named 550
Barchetta or 550 Roadster; the body design will
be basically identical to the coupé version,
except a lowered windscreen and of course
changes to the tail / boot section.
Reportedly, there will only be a small soft top,
so the car will be designed for dyed-in-the-wool
"open air driving" enthusiasts. If so,
the designation "Barchetta" would be
very adequate and thus seems very likely.
But as we all know it is a Ferrari game to keep
the speculation over name high until the day of
the presentation and the names first mentioned
will not be used, the name Barchetta was a couple
of month a go not registered by Ferrari, so keep
on guessing. The name Barchetta was already in
the play with the F50.)
will be strictly limited to 350 examples. Like in
the days of the F50, the factory will decide on
which customer eventually will be
"allowed" to order a car long
time friends of the marque will be preferred.
Delivery of the first examples is planned for
January 2001, the price in Germany will probably
be about 440.000,-DM. Selected dealers had been
invited to view a prototype recently.
have not yet officially given a statement about
the project, so some of the details given in this
text might change.