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post #1 of 21 Old 01-27-2014, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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550 Maranello headlights switch from lhd to rhd

Forgive my ignorance, I am looking at ways to switch the bluebird's headlights from lhd to rhd spec, perferably on a temporary basis.

To register my bluebird here in Jersey, I believe that they require the headlights to be set up to drive on the left hand side of the road. Mine are set up for driving on the right hand side of the road as the bluebird is lhd. As 99% of my driving in the bluebird will be on the continent, I am keen to switch the headlights to rhd configuration for the test for registration and then to switch back to lhd configuration. For the 1% that I plan to drive the bluebird here, it will be for a Sunday morning drive to keep the battery charged up.

Is it possible to switch the headlights setting from driving on the right hand side to driving on the left hand side of the road with the headlights in place, or would I have to source headlights from a rhd 550, install them and then reinstall my original headlights after the test?

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post #2 of 21 Old 01-27-2014, 09:51 AM
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See this thread which mentions 550 lights although the original question was about F430s:
http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/mo...hd-430-gb.html


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Forgive my ignorance, I am looking at ways to switch the bluebird's headlights from lhd to rhd spec, perferably on a temporary basis.

To register my bluebird here in Jersey, I believe that they require the headlights to be set up to drive on the left hand side of the road. Mine are set up for driving on the right hand side of the road as the bluebird is lhd. As 99% of my driving in the bluebird will be on the continent, I am keen to switch the headlights to rhd configuration for the test for registration and then to switch back to lhd configuration. For the 1% that I plan to drive the bluebird here, it will be for a Sunday morning drive to keep the battery charged up.

Is it possible to switch the headlights setting from driving on the right hand side to driving on the left hand side of the road with the headlights in place, or would I have to source headlights from a rhd 550, install them and then reinstall my original headlights after the test?

Comments and suggestions would be much appreciated!
I live in Jersey and have registered a few cars here. Unfortunately, I don't think they will allow you to use beam deflectors so I suspect you may have to change for RHD headlights.
Also, they will want a speedo that has mph (I don't know whether EU kph speedo's also have mph on?).
Before you register the car here, you need to do a Customs declaration for GST & VED.
To get GST (a local tax) exemption on the car's value, you will need to claim either Jersey as a new place of residence (if you have relocated here) and that will also get you VED (another tax) relief. Or, you can claim 'Second residence relief' if you have lived in Jersey and kept the 550/575 at another residence that you own outside of Jersey for at least the 6 months prior. You must still have this residence when claiming the relief. You will have to pay an amount of VED which is calculated on engine size if bringing the car in under 'Second residence relief'.

Once you've got the stamped Customs papers, you go to DVS and file the paperwork and make an appointment for a vehicle inspection. To register the car, you also need a Jersey driving license.

I've got the DVS guideline sheet on registering lhd vehicles if you need it.
Just PM me and I'll make a copy.
Some of you reading this might not be aware that Jersey is not part of the UK and therefore has a different system of vehicle registration & requirements.

Of course, if you're not often here and still have a residence elsewhere, you could consider just keeping the car on EU plates. As long as you don't have a Jersey driving license, you can drive the car in Jersey for visits of up to 6 months at a time. You couldn't do this if you were exclusively living here though.

I think we passed each other a few weeks ago near the airport unless that was another Dutch plated 550/575 !

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Euro panel does not have mph. English panels have both but not VV.

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Gentlemen, many thanks for your most helpful comments.

Jonathan, thank you for posting the link, from there I was able to track down Nigel's 2011 post on switching headlight settings for the 550 Maranello.

blueboxer, thank you so much for your comprehensive and Jersey-specific reply. PM sent. My Maranello is Slovak registered and so that Dutch registered Maranello you saw is in all likelihood that of JazzyO's when he was visting the island!

Will keep you posted on the Jersey registration...

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Heres my post;
http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/mo...lh-dip-rh.html
In addition my car is a LHD Eurospec, by the VIN number, originally ordered in the Gulf but spents its early life in the UK, all maintenance including some early warranty doen in the UK so the move was very rapid. It is fitted with a speedo that has Mph as the major scale and kph as the inner scale. Accepted in France. Since I have all the invoices with the mileages, since new , I don't think the speedo has been swopped.
May have been a one off order that way.
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Nigel, thank you so much for posting the link. This is exactly what I was looking for! Next hurdle is the mph markings on the speedo, much easier to overcome than the headlight issue. Big sigh of relief!

Once again the power of the internet and particularly the comeraderie of the FerrariLife are shown to be alive and kicking.

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Delighted to say that yesterday I collected the bluebird on her Jersey plates!

Special thanks to both blueboxer and to NigelV12! Blueboxer pointed me to the intricacies of the local regstration system when doing a personal import and this helped me to secure agreement with customs that I do not need to pay 5% duty. NigelV12s fantastic step by step guide to switching headlights meant I did not have to shell out the 4,000 plus vat that dealers in the UK were seeking for a pair of rhd headlights! Happily I found a terrific specialist here who sorted out a slight but annoying misfire; switched the headlights thanks to NigelV12s brilliance and got the bluebird through the inspection and registration. Maurice had cars like 512BB and Bentley R-Type Continental in his workshop which added to my confidence. That proved to be well-founded.

Yesterday was spent bonding with the bluebird again after four months. First applying leather protector to the interior. Full of leather and beautifully detailed, the cuiuo cockpit is exquisite. Then a nice cruise on quite roads in dry weather. No salt here, apart from the sea splashing onto the coastal roads during the very high tides recently. I had forgotten the immense sense of wellbeing the bluebird fills me with as we cruise along. There is something truly special about the big V12 berlinettas.

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A few pictures from our bonding session this past Saturday...
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The bluebird looks resplendent, and must be getting very used to regular registration plate changes. One could understand if you ended up with a schizophrenic Maranello.

Glad to hear you are enjoying the Jersey roads. Hopefully wont be long until you stretch the legs a little on the mainland too.

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The bluebird looks resplendent, and must be getting very used to regular registration plate changes. One could understand if you ended up with a schizophrenic Maranello.
Not to mention her driver...Although jumping through the many hoops that each country seems to have, could wear out (and render penniless) her driver if I continue with this moving around malarky much longer.

Cannot wait to hit the mainland to get my doses of that wellbeing feeling that the bluebird engenders in me!

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Cannot wait to hit the mainland to get my doses of that wellbeing feeling that the bluebird engenders in me!
Likewise my friend.
Summer is but around the corner.

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Success!!!

Excellent news! Can't wait to see her on some European roads on Jersey plates.


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so that Dutch registered Maranello you saw is in all likelihood that of JazzyO's when he was visting the island!
Possibly - she was on the island last October (only time she visited there). I drove some people to the airport together with my brother in the Cayman S, which by coincidence now sits happily next to Vitalone's 550 in the pics above. Glad to hear her new owner is so happy with the Cayman, I loved that little car and if not for RHD she would have accompanied me to Holland.


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Thanks to the kind assistance of NigelV12 and blueboxer I was able to get the bluebird onto Jersey plates just in time for an ultimate birthday treat. A cruise around France, Switzerland, Italy and Liechtenstein in the bluebird.

Birthday kicked off at the stroke of midnight with bluebird and I enjoying a serene cruise on a quiet, slightly misty Peage. The green glow from the dashboard showed a relaxed 160 on the clock. The mighty engine hummed smoothly in the background. Birthday ended with a cheeky Beaujelois on the Champs Elysee. Amongst the usual suspects cruising around (California, 430 spider); (991, 997 convertible); (Aventador and Gallardo spyder) and DB9 I spotted this...
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Next day was time to cruise to Lake Como heading towards Lyon then cutting across towards Zurich before passing through Lugano and onto Cremia on the western side of the magnificent Lake Como.

Satnav lady told us to leave the Peage and take the N19 towards Lyon. So glad we did. Open switchbacks with little traffic. At first the bluebird felt unwieldy and disconnected. It was me. I was driving her as if a 911, lots of gear changes instead surfing the tidal wave of torque and instant surge of power. Oh, and I need to switch dampers onto sport. In sport and quality of ride remains excellent, far less pitching and roll on the smooth backroad. Once I drove the bluebird the way she wanted to be driven we developed a smooth rythm and flowed along quickly and smoothly. Effortless yet thrilling! Drop to fourth to go slow and silent through the villages surge to fifth and into sixth once desired speed selected. Drop to fifth to surge past slow traffic. Feel the back squat down under the power, hear the V12 roar and them settle into creamy howl.

Lake Como beautiful with towering mountains plunging into the deep water, their peaks showing off with snow coverings. Roads not suitable for bluebird, too narrow and bumpy. Gentle cruise to hotel. Owner guided us to an underground parking and asked me to gun it. The V12 echoed in the cavern and I gained a new friend. When I told her that we had just driven down from Paris, she waved with utter contempt to the sedans in the parking and said "yes, and you did it in a Ferrari, not one of these!"

The capuccinos next to the lake each morning were a treat.
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Wow David, great pictures, you know how to exploit the great sides of life....!! ...and what a beautiful GT that is....the bluebird !

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David,
Once again, I sit and read and look out the window and dream of rolling off the ferry and clocking up miles on European adventures. Consoled by the sight of a V12 through the garage window...

Great write up, do tell us more... and some more pics too. I hope to be in that particular part of the world mid summer on Family Fled myself. Would love to know what roads you found good, however we will probably be coming from South of France direction, so possibly not the same route?

Wonderful to hear you are enjoying your beautiful Berlinetta...

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Green with envy, David! May we have the name of the hotel on Lake Como, please, for future reference - location looks great.

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Thank you Gentlemen, there is something magic about GT crusing around Europe in a Ferrari V12 GT! We covered 2,900 effortless kilometers last week, the big V12 just running smoother and sweeter the more we drove. Oil temp at a quarter, water temp at a third climbing to half in heavy traffic outside of Paris in Friday rush hour on the way back. Oil pressure at 7.5 bar most of the time, never dropping below half except when warm and idling. Fuel consumption, high I am proud to say.

Stayed at Hotel Lumin, Cremia, Lake Como. Simple, clean with wonderful views of the lake. Their pizzeria was full of locals each evening. Great pizzas from 4-10, superb veal Milanese for 10. Wonderful continental breakfast sitting next to the lake. Family run and gunning the V12 should ensure you have a limitless suply of capuccinos each morning.

Spent three days at Lake Como. Visited Milan and Mendrisio by bus and train, not fun to drive on the roads around there. On the bus coming back from Colico to Cremia we saw an F40 on old Italina plates parked at the side of the road. When it later cruised past us a group of elderly ladies broke into fierce and loud debate about whether it was a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. The ringleader declared it was a Lamborghini since there was an American living there who was often spotted driving a Lamborghini. Superb logic and thus ended that debate.

After the beauty and warmth of Lake Como (20 degrees each day and the wonderul people at our hotel), it was time to head to St Moritz, turning off just before to our destination of Liechenstein. And a highlight. A quiet Julierpass, 20 degrees at the bottom, 5 degrees at the top with gleaming snow under an azure canopy. Having been told by the bluebird in no uncertain terms on the N19 how we are to dance together, the Julierpass was long dance, sometime slow sometimes fast, always flowing. Sports setting on! Such is the balance and torque of this big Ferrari that I could enter blind corners in a grear or two higher than in the 308/911 confident that if the corner opened up I could power out at great speed. If the corner tightened up, then I could enter too fast, hard jab on the brakes, quickly off the brakes, front tyres squealing a bit as I came on and off the throttle feeling my way until apex in sight, a hard push on the throttle once apex sighted and off to greet the next set of bends in a surge of power. Bit of understeer, no oversteer, it seems that I need to pluck up the courage to turn the traction control off.

Bluebird comes into her own in a series of open, fast switchbacks, the steering comes alive and the deep reserves of torque and power mean we move very fast. After an hour of driving heaven in what felt close to heaven, we settled into a contented cruise to Lichtenstein. With all the wheel turning and twirling that past hour, my arms should have felt sore. Power steering is not such a bad thing, particularly as this one keeps the meaty feel whether going fast or slow.

We parked at our hotel high in the Alps at Triesenberg looking over Vaduz and Switzerland across the Rhine. So beautiful this part of Europe.
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