Offered by Bonhams | London, U.K. | December 7, 2019
The Ferrari 550 Maranello was produced between 1996 and 2002. In 2000, the company launched the 550 Barchetta, a convertible version that marked Ferrari’s fun new business of chopping the top and jacking up the price for a limited-edition model. Only 448 Barchetta examples were built.
This one was later customized by coachbuilder Zagato. It was actually developed with Ferrari as a convertible variant of the 575 GTZ, which itself was a Zagato-modified version of the 550’s followup car, the 575M Maranello. Because the 575 Superamerica (the 575’s expensive drop-top version) had yet to enter production, they backtracked to the 550 Barchetta to built the drop-top 575 Zagato.
When new, this car cost $1 million. It’s powered by a 478 horsepower, 5.5-liter V12. They planned to build five, but only three were completed. And this is the only right-hand-drive example. The pre-sale estimate is $640,000-$900,000, and you can read more about it here. See more from Bonhams in London here.
Coachbuilt cars are few and far between these days. Sadly, it’s becoming a lost art. But fortunately, there are still a few design houses out there that will custom fit a special body on the car of their customers’ choice. In this case, it happened to be a Ferrari 575M Maranello.
The 575M Maranello was the replacement for the very similar 550 Maranello. It debuted in 2002 and lasted through 2006. It uses a 5.7-liter V-12 making 508 horsepower. Top speed was a pretty awesome 202 mph. Ferrari built their own limited-run model: the 575M Superamerica with a retractable glass panel roof, which is a pretty cool car.
But not cool enough for Japanese Ferrari collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi, who custom ordered this specially-bodied, one-off 575M Maranello from legendary coachbuilder Zagato. The design hearkened back to the 250 GT Zagato and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari 250. You should really check out more pictures on RM’s site here because this thing looks awesome from all kinds of angles (especially the back). You can also check out more from this awesome sale here. As far as price goes, I’m not sure – but it will be way cheaper than it cost originally.