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post #201 of 637 Old 10-08-2012, 06:24 PM
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Taz - you are right - I mistakenly stated it as a RHD. This is a US model LHD and a recent Silver Medal winner at the West Hartford, CT Concorso.
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post #202 of 637 Old 10-09-2012, 12:43 AM
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Hi Bill, thanks mate. That shape in that colour is a work of art.

I had my heart set on a manual Blu TdF 575M from day one after attending an open day at Maranello Ferrari in Surrey UK in 2002 where they had one awaiting delivery for a customer. After driving all sorts of F cars that day I said to my wife on the way home that I'm getting one of those 575M's and its going to be the exect spec of the customer Blu TdF one that we weren't allowed to touch.

It also meant I was in for a long search which took over 18 months once I really got started in 2008. In the end I bought my car 7 years after that open day from a retired high end Dublin dealer that I know through a classic car club. He had originally imported the car into Ireland from the UK (Maranello Ferrari, Surrey) for a client, but had kept it in his own collection when that bloke traded it back some years later.

I recently found out there was only two RHD UK delivered Blu TdF manuals made so I was lucky to find one at all. And you probably know where I am going with this and you'd be right! It was not only the exact spec of the one I had drooled over all those years ago, it was the exact same car! And the clincher was that after a year and a half searching all over the world, the car lived less than a mile from my house, had only 26000 miles on the clock and had even had the full FHP with calipers and split rims done in the intervening years. Brilliant.

I just had to have it and no matter how many other F cars I drive or own she's a keeper!
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post #203 of 637 Old 10-10-2012, 10:02 AM
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575M/Superamerica Database and Change Documents

If anybody here has a 575M or Superamerica not on my small database, pass me the details including serial number and assembly number (in front of the engine on a data plate) and I will add her to the database. Here is a copy of the database and a list of changes made to the 575M during production.
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File Type: doc 575M 575 SA VIN and Assembly Numbers Rev 1.93.doc (252.5 KB, 165 views)
File Type: doc 575M 575 SA Updates Rev 1.7.doc (44.0 KB, 156 views)

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Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125

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post #204 of 637 Old 10-12-2012, 05:21 AM
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Hi Terry, my 575M is SN129324, AN64347, Manual. First registered in UK 4th Oct 2002.

By the way I do I recollect you changed out the tachometer to a yellow one on your 575M or am I dreaming? Can't find the thread but am interested in doing same if you could point me to it.

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post #205 of 637 Old 10-12-2012, 05:23 AM
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Sorry that should be AN 46347.
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post #206 of 637 Old 10-12-2012, 09:18 AM
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Michael- Knew there was something amiss on the AN. Yes, I have a yellow tachometer, but I did it by swapping in a Superamerica instrument panel.

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post #207 of 637 Old 10-12-2012, 02:23 PM
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Aha at least I'm still sane! Is that a relatively simple refit, and are the SA instrument panels available/reasonable to purchase? Where's best to source the parts and a refit summary?

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post #208 of 637 Old 11-27-2012, 03:50 PM
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Great choice, I had my 550 for a month now and appreciate her more each time we drive. Oh, and my wife, being Italian, now wants to learn how to drive a three pedal. I tried to teach her once inCosta Rica on a rental but the throw out bearing went bad after 30 minutes. I cant find a rental 3 pedal here so I'll probably get her driving lessons, better for the marriage and the five kids. Dash lights would blink for a while, now they dont come on at all. Trouble is I'm having too much fun to put her into the shop but guess that will come soon
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post #209 of 637 Old 11-27-2012, 08:51 PM
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Michael- The swap is not that difficult, but the SA instrument panels are very expensive and the chip needs to be reprogrammed.. Part number 215311, CF (all SAs had CF panels) with yellow tachometer is $5600.39 from Maranello Classic Parts.

Mine was inop and cost $700 on e-bay plus $500 for FAI to repair and reprogram.

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post #210 of 637 Old 11-29-2012, 04:41 PM
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Finally back in the fold after many garage dramas over the past few months... April 2000 550M with the obligatory Tubis and a nice Carrozeria Scaglietti extra in the 250GTO shelf, Carbon induction kit which is meant to improve breathing, and I do like the painted lower lip on this car.

Silver was not my first choice of colour (got very tempted by a black car for sale but it was truly horrible condition wise) - this was by far the best example I found and having had an argento nurburgring 355 many years ago I did like the understated nature of the car so I'm sure we will get along just fine.
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post #211 of 637 Old 11-29-2012, 08:17 PM
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Very pretty. How about some photos of the CF induction system? Have never seen one of those for a Maranello.

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post #212 of 637 Old 11-29-2012, 11:00 PM
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April 2000 550M with the obligatory Tubis and a nice Carrozeria Scaglietti extra in the 250GTO shelf, Carbon induction kit which is meant to improve breathing, and I do like the painted lower lip on this car.
Very nice. Congrats.
Few more pics now...

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post #213 of 637 Old 11-29-2012, 11:06 PM
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Thanks Taz, at $5600 it's a none starter - that's a big chunk I would rather put into a set of carbon race seats, but at the lower end its a runner. Another search begins, and if successful I am sure I'll be back to you for some guidance.

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Gone but not forgotten: 360 Spider, 575M, F430.
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post #214 of 637 Old 11-29-2012, 11:32 PM
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The 550 looks great and I am quite interested in the lower painted lip which I think looks fab. Is the side/rear skirts also painted? Have you got a side and or rear pic?

My winter project for this year is to replace my bonnet gas struts (lump on head going down slowly!) and headlight gaskets which all arrived yesterday. But I was thinking of repainting the bonnet, guards and bumper while at it, as I have loads of stone chips which are annoying me, although in fairness most people think I'm nuts. Ten applying a protective clear film.

I had been contemplating spraying out the Matt black lower lip like has been done on yours, but not sure where to stop as it runs the whole way around the car. I would love to see how this was done on yours and how it looks.

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post #215 of 637 Old 11-30-2012, 12:03 AM
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I'll post some pics of the induction kit over the weekend. Yes, it is all round, I think it visually makes the car sharper, especially on a lighter colour.
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post #216 of 637 Old 11-30-2012, 07:20 AM
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The Superamericas have body color all the way down. I have seen a couple of 575Ms painted that way, but never before a 550. Looks sharp.

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post #217 of 637 Old 11-30-2012, 09:04 AM
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Great looking 550, Faisal. Drive her in good health and safety!

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post #218 of 637 Old 11-30-2012, 09:51 AM
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Great looking 550, Faisal. Drive her in good health and safety!
You too my man!
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post #219 of 637 Old 12-01-2012, 04:15 AM
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CGT, Looks good and I really like the painted lip.
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post #220 of 637 Old 12-01-2012, 06:23 AM
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Photos of induction kit as promised, main difference I notice (and reason I went for it) is throttle response is sharper, there isn't the slight delay usually characteristic of Ferrari V12's. The power is just immense!
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