Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction Preview: Rod Stewart’s 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Sir Roderick Stewart is one of the world’s most famous rock stars, though some twenty-somethings may be saying, “Who?” He started to find fame in mid-1960s London as a member of several groups, but his breakout role was in a new band that former Yardbird Jeff Beck was forming. Later, as member of the Faces and a solo artist, Rod Stewart became a superstar fulfilled.

A man of Rod’s stature in the world affords him automotive opportunities that many of us dream about. There’s a distinct possibility that this 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina formerly owned by Rod may be something you too would dream about, but aspirations never hurt anyone. It’s #92 of 448 built, a roadster version of the 550 Maranello. The biggest differences between the coupe and the roadster, aside from the obvious, included a steeply raked windshield and different wheels. Though its performance today seems so regular, especially among some modern sedans, the 550 has a lineage that goes back to greats like the Daytona.

Rod’s old ride is like others of this vintage, meaning it’s powered by a 478-horse 5.5-liter DOHC V12 located up front. Paint is Argento Nürburgring, complemented by Nero leather interior. Last year, a Ferrari dealer went over the 8,925-mile Barchetta and installed new left-side valve cover and timing cover gaskets, motor mounts, new tires and more. Features include fair-weather top, multi-piece 18-inch Speedline wheels, carbon-fiber bucket seats and interior trim, and other Ferrari-grade items.

If you won this Ferrari at the 2023 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, which album would you put in the trunk-mounted CD player of the Ferrari-Becker stereo? “Truth” seems most appropriate at this moment, no? You will be able to bid on Rod’s 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina at no reserve sometime between January 21-29 at Westworld of Scottsdale.