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post #1 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am looking at getting my first Ferrari and am looking for one that can be used more often than not. Also I would love to be able to road trip it from Colorado to Florida as well.

I am torn between the 599 GTB, 458 and the dealer has a gorgeous 430 Scuderia Spider. I am guessing that Scuderia may be a tad uncomfortable over time on longer drives?

Looking to see what you folks think. I had previously been thinking 458 or California but I just cannot buy into getting a California, just not my cup of tea I guess.
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Ranger- Either the 458 or 599 will work fine as a DD, as long as you put winter tires on her for the Colorado winters. The summer tires are useless in snow. The 599, like its predecessor the Daytona, was designed to eat continents and would be perfect for CO-FL drives and long stints.

A 16M will work fine, too, just a bit of a hairshirt Ferrari for really long trips. Unless, of course, you pick back roads and ignore the interstates for the trip. Then it would be great fun.

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Or for similar money a 430 spider for around town, country road blasts etc and a 575 or 612 for your long haul journeys?

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Doug is in love again. Wonderful thing to see.

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I would go for the 16M - it's just as comfortable for me as the 612 and my wife feels the same way.

Long drive would be a dream come true even with the top down there is minimal wind.

The 16M is slightly more noisy but for the most part only when you want it to be and the shifting is much smoother.

I love both and would drive the 16M on a daily basis if it didn't attract so much attention.

Took me almost 6 months and I went back and forth between a 599 HGTE and the 16M.

The car is much much better than I ever imagined. At the end I played with the idea of a 458 but it's not even in the same league IMO.
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Doug is in love again. Wonderful thing to see.
Terry LOL

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Next is a 550 gated shifter - hope your ready!
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Doug- Really weird. I posted in response to your post and my post went up in front of yours. Andrew still has a few squirrels in the new format.

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Doug- Really weird. I posted in response to your post and my post went up in front of yours. Andrew still has a few squirrels in the new format.
Terry I noticed that too.

Either that or you read minds really well.
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All can work as a DD. You really need to go drive all 3 and see which you bond with the most.
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Didn't see an FF mentioned. That would fit the bill for it all.
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Next is a 550 gated shifter - hope your ready!
Little known fact: there are two or three 550s out there with paddles - all of which, I believe*, were made for the Sultan.


*I need to check my database to confirm for whom they were customized.



On another note, please run any VINs past me; I saw a few incidents swept under the rug the last few years - including one that wasn't strapped down properly in an enclosed trailer and was thoroughly wrinkled upon arrival.

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Little known fact: there are two or three 550s out there with paddles - all of which, I believe*, were made for the Sultan.


*I need to check my database to confirm for whom they were customized.



On another note, please run any VINs past me; I saw a few incidents swept under the rug the last few years - including one that wasn't strapped down properly in an enclosed trailer and was thoroughly wrinkled upon arrival.
Actually the Sultan's brother. Jefri.
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Actually the Sultan's brother. Jefri.
I stand corrected, thank you. And I can only find one in my database that had paddles - dark blue or purple with black interior. It was for sale a decade ago - but only as a package deal: six Maranellos (this one included), $420K. I don't know if anyone pulled the trigger on that deal, but it came up for auction in November, 2008.

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Carbon- Those conversions must have been done before the 575M came out, using 360 or F355 components. Otherwise would have made no sense. The F355 had the same Motronic 5.2 system, so that would have made the swap fairly straightforward using F355 parts, after a little fudge work on the F1 ECU/TCU. No electronic throttle on the 550, just like the F355.

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Thanks for the help everyone! Still not sure but will have to give them all a test ride in the next few weeks and see. I love the 16M but thinking more and more about the 458. Loved Jeremy Clarksons review of her.

As for the FF.....not a big fan. just does not look like a sports car to me and this is my first Ferrari.

The build I am thinking of on the 458 would be:

Scuderia Red
Carbon Tail section
Carbon Steering wheel
Carbon Side Skirts, Ferrari calls them something else
Roof Black
Lots of Carbon interior
Scud Shields
Yellow Calipers
Red and Black leather Diamond seats all electric
boot Luggage
3M Bra
Lifters
Rear sensor
Tach in white
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The build I am thinking of on the 458 would be:

Scuderia Red
Carbon Tail section
Carbon Steering wheel
Carbon Side Skirts, Ferrari calls them something else
Roof Black
Lots of Carbon interior
Scud Shields
Yellow Calipers
Red and Black leather Diamond seats all electric
boot Luggage
3M Bra
Lifters
Rear sensor
Tach in white
I can think of worse ways to get to work! Good luck with the decision making process. Let us know how you get on.

PS if you're thinking black 458 roof recommend you take a look at JazzyO's 458 thread, his choice of black really looks well (at least on YouTube).

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I can think of worse ways to get to work! Good luck with the decision making process. Let us know how you get on.

PS if you're thinking black 458 roof recommend you take a look at JazzyO's 458 thread, his choice of black really looks well (at least on YouTube).
I second this statement. I found this photo on Facebook - and I think this looks incredible!
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I second this statement. I found this photo on Facebook - and I think this looks incredible!


Positively stunning on a white car.

Not so much on red.
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Carbon- Those conversions must have been done before the 575M came out, using 360 or F355 components. Otherwise would have made no sense. The F355 had the same Motronic 5.2 system, so that would have made the swap fairly straightforward using F355 parts, after a little fudge work on the F1 ECU/TCU. No electronic throttle on the 550, just like the F355.


Probably used prototype 575 parts. Hell, with his budget it probably was the V12 Selespeed prototype. Don't forget, the Selespeed is used in quite a few applications. Mixing and matching parts and a guy in the fab room for a day or two to make the remaining.

No reason not to use electronic throttles. Bosch has had them quite a while and Brunei has no homologation problems. Especially for the Boss's family.
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