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550 Barchetta, technical issues ?

I was wondering if the 550 Barchetta generally has the same technical/engine wise gimmicks common with the 550 Maranello coupe or, as it was a late production run, already inherits some "good" 575 technical amendments ? Terry, Brian ?

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One issue it does NOT share with the 550: driver gets wet when raining!

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I would not think a lot of improvements over the early cars. I am sure Terry will advise.

It has a different windscreen than the 550, quite a bit lower and prone to stress fracturing.
Mine had a crack when I bought it.
I had a real job finding a new windscreen and I believe there where only two left in the world and they were in North America!
The main man at Ferrari UK Tony Socosy [ not how you spell his name probably], came out to fit it, at the local Ferrari dealer, and it was a two day job with special spacers and glue, so hopefully it will not happen again, for the new owner of the car.
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I would not think a lot of improvements over the early cars. I am sure Terry will advise.

It has a different windscreen than the 550, quite a bit lower and prone to stress fracturing.
Mine had a crack when I bought it.
I had a real job finding a new windscreen and I believe there where only two left in the world and they were in North America!
The main man at Ferrari UK Tony Socosy [ not how you spell his name probably], came out to fit it, at the local Ferrari dealer, and it was a two day job with special spacers and glue, so hopefully it will not happen again, for the new owner of the car.


Uhhhhh, not nice to hear....!

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212- Like Grant said, the Barchetta is mechanically identical to 550s built in 2001. That means all the Scagliettit options were available (painted calipers, carbon fiber, FHP, etc) and the CF racing seats were standard. Barchettas, on average, are likely better optioned than the 550s, but obviously this varies from car to car. Barchettas tend to have lower mileage than 550s because they are VFR Ferraris and melt in the rain.

First I had heard about the windscreen problem, Grant, very interesting.

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212- Like Grant said, the Barchetta is mechanically identical to 550s built in 2001. That means all the Scagliettit options were available (painted calipers, carbon fiber, FHP, etc) and the CF racing seats were standard. Barchettas, on average, are likely better optioned than the 550s, but obviously this varies from car to car. Barchettas tend to have lower mileage than 550s because they are VFR Ferraris and melt in the rain.

First I had heard about the windscreen problem, Grant, very interesting.
Thanks Terry as always! Do understand the constructional differences on the Front window,however i was expecting some slightly mechanical Improvement over the Standart 550, as the barchetta was produced 5 years into the Production line of the coupe.

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212- There were some upgrades during production, but I have never documented them like I have for the 575M. Early in production, the late tensioner pulley brackets were introduced, as an example, but all the late 550s and most early ones have those. Same bracket as the 575M/612 and that and the new belts are what allow a 5 year belt change interval.


Here is what the upgrades look like for the 575M, in case anybody wants to do something similar for the 550. I think the Euro cars missed out completely on the fuel cooling system, so that is not a concern. Only on late US/CDN models.
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212- There were some upgrades during production, but I have never documented them like I have for the 575M. Early in production, the late tensioner pulley brackets were introduced, as an example, but all the late 550s and most early ones have those. Same bracket as the 575M/612 and that and the new belts are what allow a 5 year belt change interval.


Here is what the upgrades look like for the 575M, in case anybody wants to do something similar for the 550. I think the Euro cars missed out completely on the fuel cooling system, so that is not a concern. Only on late US/CDN models.


As always indefinitively valuable reports. Many thanks Terry !

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I was wondering if the 550 Barchetta generally has the same technical/engine wise gimmicks common with the 550 Maranello coupe or, as it was a late production run, already inherits some "good" 575 technical amendments ? Terry, Brian ?
To answer the question.....buy the Scud.
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To answer the question.....buy the Scud.
The heck, luring and stalking is impossible....you got me again....!! ;-)

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