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post #1 of 15 Old 03-26-2013, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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550 - nice colour combination

A bit early to start looking for cars in the UK as quite a few months before we move (and the vendors of the property we had agreed to buy in Cambridge decided to pull out of the transaction today....) but no harm in doing some research in advance.

Is it just me or is this colour combination really nice?

Advert states that the Fiorano handling pack has been fitted. I know that was an option for the 575 but didn't know it coud be fitted to the 550. Is it a good or bad thing to have on the 550?

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-26-2013, 02:17 PM
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Lovely colour combo.

550 with FHP is uncommon but was an option, certainly in later models.

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Definitely a UK color scheme.

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Definitely a UK color scheme.
What makes you say that Terry? Is Nero/Crema uncommon in US? I would have thought it was one of the more common colour combos in EU.

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post #5 of 15 Old 03-27-2013, 03:54 AM
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Looks very nice to me.

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Barry- Affirmative, Crema is popular mainly with UK owners and others of British extraction, possibly European owners, but not as much. American tastes tend to run more towards Beige and darker colors.

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Barry- Affirmative, Crema is popular mainly with UK owners and others of British extraction, possibly European owners, but not as much. American tastes tend to run more towards Beige and darker colors.
Interesting. Is that for aesthetic reasons or because crema and blue jeans are not a good combination? ; - )
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SM- No clue why, but I personally find Crema too light for my tastes, too. So yes, aesthetic reasons seems to be the main driver.

Have never worn jeans, either. As usual, stereotypes do not work too well.

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I'll admit to conforming with your Brit stereotype, Terry: although my 550 is trimmed in beige (tan), the interior of my Bentley is Magnolia, which is pretty close to Crema, and I love it! The contrast with its dark blue exterior (fairly close to TdF) is just brilliant (it also loooks good against the dark walnut that abounds, though obvioulsy there is no Ferrari analogy here!). However, a word of warning: do bear in mind that the surfaces that wear can start to show it rather more / sooner than darker colours do: although the acres of rich buttery cream leather headlining still look wonderful, sadly the driver's seat does look rather scruffy after 65,000 miles. That is one reason why I opted for beige in my 550. black, of course, is the most practical choice, but I find black interiors claustrophobic, which is why I had my 550 retrimmed (and did similiarly with my E-type a decade previously)
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Firstly, I do like that 550 combo especially the interior with its different textures. There's a fair bit of cow inside a Maranello when it has the full leather trim options so its nice to break it up. When I see interiors like this I always think that someone put some real thought into it as there were no configurators back then and you were basically choosing off swatches and sample panels. I've seen many that didn't work so well.

As far as horses for courses go, so to speak, outside the benchmark Rosso/Creama, I think in Europe there are far more dark exterior colours like TdF, Nero, Grigio Silverstone etc which naturally prompt lighter interiors. I notice in hotter climates like Australia there are much less dark colours and much more light colours like Silvers and whites plus bright colours as well. I think this is the assumption (not sure if its right but sort of makes sense) that they are more reflective of heat than the darker colours that would be more absorbing of heat. I Definately know I wouldn't go for Nero exterior or interior in Aus.

The US is more eclectic I think as it gets such climate variations, So it's hard to pin down what would be a typically American Fcar.....but it's an interesting conversation.


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Many blue jeans will discolor a crema seat, even a beige one! Ask me how I know....

Blue, your driver's seat is exactly why I wouldn't choose a crema interior - although it looks fantastic, it just shows wear too easily.

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David- I think that is why the resale car in the US is Rosso Corsa/Beige and in the UK it is Rosso Corsa/Crema.

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Nice combo, but very hard to keep those seats clean.


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Nice combo, but very hard to keep those seats clean.


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Hi Onno

Haven't been on here for a while and just noticed that you are showing your 365s as bring past cars...what happened? Did you have to let it go when you got the 458?

How are you getting on with the 458?

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nice color combination

I found that getting some matching dye from Leatherique became part of the maintenance routine for the driver's seat. Following a prescribed procedure for getting into the drivers seat by placing a hand on the center console minimized wear on the welting. I now follow a similar style of entry into the 550 to protect the welting and bolster.
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