550, 575 or 599? - Page 7 - Ferrari Life
View Poll Results: 550, 575 or 599
550 96 36.09%
575 64 24.06%
599 106 39.85%
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post #121 of 185 Old 10-07-2012, 01:58 AM
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Too late - I have just done the deed!

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Congratualtion. Details, pictures????
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1999, Rosso Corsa with Nero, 34,000 miles.





I am having the inerior retrimmed to lighten it up a bit - will be beige (tan) and black and the wheels are going back to silver.

Although I am not normally one for personal registrations, I have bought V12 FBM to go on it - cheap as chips and a bit of fun!

Expecting to take delivery around the end of the month. Will post more photos when its done.
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1999, Rosso Corsa with Nero, 34,000 miles.





I am having the inerior retrimmed to lighten it up a bit - will be beige (tan) and black and the wheels are going back to silver.

Although I am not normally one for personal registrations, I have bought V12 FBM to go on it - cheap as chips and a bit of fun!

Expecting to take delivery around the end of the month. Will post more photos when its done.
Was this 550 at Avro?
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Yes (so photo will probably disappear when Andy updates his website).
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Hi John, your going to love that car. I love that car!
It's funny, in the early days I never liked the Maranellos in Rosso but it has really grown on me as the years pass and yours looks fantastic. I know I'm biased but I think the Maranellos are getting better with age. Definitely the best backside in Ferraridom.

I even quite like the black rims, although I agree with the change. I was never that fond of that rim style so would take them off, shod them in track day tyres for those fun days, and get a set of standard 19" 430 rims for everyday use. But that's just me

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To be frank, red was not my first choice. I almost invariably buy dark blue cars (our two everyday Mercs, my 911 and my Bentley are all various shades of dark blue; and many others I have owned in the past were, too). So I badly wanted one in TdF blue. I would not have bought any other make of car in red (although I have in the past), but there is something essentially right about a red Ferrari (or Alfa), so I was prepared to consider it, in order to get a good car.

I have bought several cars from Andy and he has always looked after me well, so he is a trusted source as far as I am concerned, which is important when buying a secondhand car and the only cars he had were this one and a 575 in black. He did try to source me a blue one and we nearly persuaded one owner to part with a very nice low limeage 550 in TdF blue, but unfortunately he came to his senses and decided not to sell. We weven looked into the possibility of buying the blue one on Verdi's website, albeit with extreme caution, but that turned out to be non-existent, which was probably a good thing in view of recent history. So I decided to settle for the red one. And, yes, I think I am going to enjoy it a lot!
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I hear you knocking! My 575M is one of the 2 Blu TdF manual UK RHD cars - so a pretty limited search base. In the end and after a year and a half looking I bought mine less than a mile from my house. And almost 4 years later love it more than ever. In fact I don't think I can walk away from it and not look back at that fabulous shape with a smile.
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Yes (so photo will probably disappear when Andy updates his website).
Thought I recognized the wheels
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John- Looks much better to me with silver wheels.

What did you decide about the beige steering wheel? I know late model 550s had about the same Scaglietti options as the 575Ms, and that included color of choice for the dash and steering wheel. Have seen plenty of 575Ms with black dashes and steering wheels with the rest of the dash in beige, and have seen some with all three in color (my car has Charcoal dash and steering wheel and I have seen beige on all three), but I have never seen one with black dash, beige trim and beige steering wheel. It definitely was an option, though, so sure there are some out there.

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I am pretty surely going to have the steering wheel centre done in beige. I think it will look good, if not original.

I am also likely to keep the entire upper dash, inc. binnacle and airbag cover in black, with a beige lower dash. A number of people have warned me against having a light upper dash because of reflections, so I think it will be sensible to take note of their advice.

Headlining is going to be in beige (quitled) leather to help keep the cabin light. Doors will be beige with black highlights. Rear deck in black (quilted) leather, with beige surround and luggage straps. Panel behind seats in black (quilted) leather and carpets in black.

I'll post some photos when it's finished.
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John- You must mean you are doing the steering wheel airbag cover in beige. That might look nice, even if it is not original. Look forward to seeing photos. Quilted diamond pattern leather was available on both the headliner and rear shelf.

Crud, mine has a Superamerica instrument panel with yellow tach, and that is surely not original.

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Yes, sorry for the confusion: DRIVER'S airbag cover beige, PASSENGER'S airbag cover black. I like originality, but only up to a point and anyway originality could easily be restored with a small bottle of black dye.
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Hi John, the wheels look great and help restore the lines of the car. I'm looking forward to seeing the quilted interior - it wasn't too common on 550/575M but I do like it. Are you having everything done through an auto trimmer or are you ordering some components through Ferrari?

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I am using a trimmer. He has worked on a number of Ferraris, mostly far more valuable than mine.

The interior is presently in all black, which I find induces claustrophobia, so I wanted to lighten it up a bit. I think I forgot to say in a previous post that the seats will also be in Beige. I did consider Daytona style inserts, but decided that that would be a bit too much visually and I was advised that they do nothing for confort either. We are using Autolux hides, in Ferrari Beige (a.k.a.Tan). The black quilted bits are already in situ.

Theresultant "black and tan" (no reference intended to your country's history!) colour scheme is one that I have on two other cars (our daily driver Mercs) and it works for me. To give you an idea, below is our CLK (the 550 will have more beige and less black - and no wood! - and the beige is slightly lighter than the tan in the Merc). I think there are quite a few 550s & 575s around with this sort of colour scheme.
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Congrats once again John. Tan and dark work very well. A friend of mine has a red 550 with a tan interior (coincidentally his car built on the same day as mine). It looks much better than an all black interior, I think.

Here's some inspiration from mine - I love my interior. Particularly the piping, you don't see it often.


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Yes, Onno, mine is going to look very much like yours, just black instead of blue and a couple of minor variations: the door bins in black, with the pockets themselves in beige (inspired by a photo of a 550 with carbon door trim); the (three) panels on the sides of the seats (but not the sides or backs of the seats themselves) will be in black; and the steering wheel airbag in beige as previously mentioned.

I am hoping it should be ready in about a fortnight.
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