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post #561 of 630 Old 03-10-2017, 01:02 PM
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I use Maranello Classic Parts all the time. Very reliable, although their guru just retired. They were the parts department of Maranello Concessionaires under Col Ronnie Hoare before it was sold and split into different profit centers. Started buying parts from them in the early 80s when I lived in the UK and owned a 308 GTS.

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Maranello Classic Parts

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I use Maranello Classic Parts all the time. Very reliable, although their guru just retired. They were the parts department of Maranello Concessionaires under Col Ronnie Hoare before it was sold and split into different profit centers. Started buying parts from them in the early 80s when I lived in the UK and owned a 308 GTS.
Hello Terry,

Thanks for your follow-up message about Maranello Classic Parts. Your experiences fit mine, where they immediately replied to my e-mail radio question and also provided me with the original factory record. Although they did not have a radio to sell me, we exchanged 4 or 5 e-mails, each with more information. Excellent customer service!

From the factory record, I discovered that my 1997 550 Maranello was not originally ordered with the CF shift knob, so it was probably added as an accessory sometime after it was delivered. Which explains why it's the only CF part in the car.

Other options on this 550 Maranello are: Code RP small spare wheel; Code ZA Fig.Zone "A" in red red leather; and Code PP Pirelli tyres. All very cool information to have.

Thanks again, Terry!

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550 Interior Colour

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I use Maranello Classic Parts all the time. Very reliable, although their guru just retired. They were the parts department of Maranello Concessionaires under Col Ronnie Hoare before it was sold and split into different profit centers. Started buying parts from them in the early 80s when I lived in the UK and owned a 308 GTS.
Hello Terry,

I forgot to mention in my previous post, that from the Factory Record obtained from Maranello Classic Parts, I also discovered that the interior leather colour is designated as Rosso 3171 (red) and not Bordeaux as I initial thought. The carpets are also designated as Rosso 176 (red).

It's all good stuff for the provenance of the car.

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Original 550 Radio...found one on E-bay

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I believe they were also fitted to 355s, and I should imagine a lot of owners swapped theirs out for something better, or upgraded later in the car's life, so there are probably a few out there still - everything comes to he who waits!

If you can't find one, or want an interim solution while you try to track one down, why not buy a contemporary alternative: it will at least look right, and some owners would have changed their stereos straight away anyhow.
Hello John,

Thanks for the radio advice. I may have found one on E-bay USA. According to Maranello Classic Parts, the correct Becker model for a 1997 550 is BE4372 P/N 177783. The ad does not say if the code number is included, so I have e-mailed the seller.

Ideally, I'd like to have the cassett/CD radio, but at this point, I'll take an original radio and be done with it. I rarely turn on the radio when driving my weekend cars. Can never get enough of their exhaust sound! Always makes me smile

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Ferrari Classiche Certification

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I have a Classiche for my Dino. It was bought by a previous owner, so I did not have to make the decision to buy it, but I can answer from the point of view of a buyer: I would say that it didn't really enter into my decision to buy the car, or what to pay for it. That having been said, it is a lovely thing to have and for a car of that age it is probably more significant than for a 550. My 550 is not yet 20 years old, but if it were, I am not sure that I would necessarily stump up the not insignificant cost of obtaining one.

I hope that helps.
Hello John,

The dealership finally got back to me with a detailed reply about the Ferrari Classiche Certification (FCC) program, including pricing. Although I received a good amount of documentation with the 550 that I recently purchased (mostly maintenance records and manuals), since I imported it from Japan to Canada, I decided to it was best to verify the provenance through the FCC program. So if I ever decide to sell the car, there will be no argument of its authenticity.

At $6,000 USD for this certification, it's a significant cost, but adding it to my total cost to date for the 550, I'm still within my original purchase budget. Once I receive the certification report, I'll share the process and experience in a post for further discussion.

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Gianni, that quote of $6000 seems rather steep ? I believe the number is more like $3500 elsewhere, no ? Maybe Canada is different.

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Hello John,

The dealership finally got back to me with a detailed reply about the Ferrari Classiche Certification (FCC) program, including pricing. Although I received a good amount of documentation with the 550 that I recently purchased (mostly maintenance records and manuals), since I imported it from Japan to Canada, I decided to it was best to verify the provenance through the FCC program. So if I ever decide to sell the car, there will be no argument of its authenticity.

At $6,000 USD for this certification, it's a significant cost, but adding it to my total cost to date for the 550, I'm still within my original purchase budget. Once I receive the certification report, I'll share the process and experience in a post for further discussion.

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Thanks for letting us know, Giannni. It will be very interesting to hear what you think of the process in due course.

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550 Maranello with Barchetta Specification

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I've come across a very nice 1999 550 Maranello that is described as being 1 of 499 units with "Barchetta specification" that included two-piece 18 inch Barchetta wheels and aluminum filler cap.

Was there an actual 550 Maranello "Barchetta" specification (coupe) limited to 499 units, and if so, what options did it include?

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Hello All,

I've come across a very nice 1999 550 Maranello that is described as being 1 of 499 units with "Barchetta specification" that included two-piece 18 inch Barchetta wheels and aluminum filler cap.

Was there an actual 550 Maranello "Barchetta" specification (coupe) limited to 499 units, and if so, what options did it include?

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Gianni- Never heard of a Barchetta 550. The modular wheels were optional on the 550 beginning in the 97/98 timeframe, long before the Barchetta came out in CY2000. I would want some documentation before I believed that story.

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Gianni- Never heard of a Barchetta 550. The modular wheels were optional on the 550 beginning in the 97/98 timeframe, long before the Barchetta came out in CY2000. I would want some documentation before I believed that story.
Hello Terry,

I was hoping you would reply, many thanks!

This car is in a Japan and I suspect the "Barchetta 550 specification" is a Google translate inaccuracy. I plan to look at it soon. It's a rare colour, would you know the name?

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Probably more like Barchetta 550 specs by shop or owner that is. Do find strange things here in Japan often.

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Gianni- Looks like Grigio Alloy Mica, but I am not sure.

Look here and see what you think.

http://www.ferrari-collection.net/co...ari_colors.htm

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550 Barchetta

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Nice Maranello !!!!!
There was a 550 Barchetta (little boat) produced in limited numbers, 499, RHD & LHD, and now very valuable. It is a spider/topless version of a 550 Maranello with manual transmission and looks like a 550. It comes with a dreadful folding fabric hardtop that is not worth using.
a "coupe" would have to be a tricked up 550 Maranello with Barchetta wheels possibly.
There is a 550 Maranello with a folding steel hardtop that was custom made - looks good but never in production.
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The term Barchetta wheels is actually somewhat of a misnomer, since those wheels were available on the 550 way before the Barchetta was produced in CY2000/2001 (available 97/98 timeframe).

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Probably more like Barchetta 550 specs by shop or owner that is. Do find strange things here in Japan often.

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Hello Jimmy,

You are right as usual. After contacting the dealer it was clear that they were only referring to the wheels as being "Barchetta specification". But as Terry mentioned, these two piece wheels were available on the 550 Maranello before the Barchetta model was launched.

I'm planing to be in Japan sometime in August to look a few Alfa Romeos, hope we can get together then. I'd love to see your Giannini in real life.

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"Barchetta wheels"?

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The term Barchetta wheels is actually somewhat of a misnomer, since those wheels were available on the 550 way before the Barchetta was produced in CY2000/2001 (available 97/98 timeframe).
Hello Terry,

Is it correct to say that the Barchetta came standard with the 2 piece wheels which gave rise to them being referred to as "Barchetta wheels"?

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550 Seats

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I came across a 1997 550 Maranello with what looks like "racing seats" with a carbon fiber back and bottom, as shown in this photo. Were these seats an option for the 550 Maranello in 1997?

If they were an option, I suspect they were a very costly.

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Ferrari Classiche Certification - My Experience for 1997 550 Maranello

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A while back, I promised to follow-up with my experience to obtain a Ferrari Classiche Certification for my 1997 550 Maranello. Although I have not received the official written report, and invoice, I have received a verbal report. To the best of my understanding, here is how the processed worked. If anyone spots errors, please let me know.

This was the first Ferrari Classiche Certification for the dealership (located in Calgary, Canada) so their staffed had to be trained at Ferrari USA headquarters in New York. This required the dealership to make an initial investment of time, money, and personnel being way from their regular work. I believe the training was for 3 days, but I'm not 100% sure. A significant part of the training was identifying the parts to be photographed, how to take the photos (distance, angle, etc.), photo specifications, etc. The obvious non-original parts are identified by the dealership staff, although all of the photos are sent to Ferrari USA for their review and interpretation. I understand that Ferrari USA has all of the manufacturing details of the car to assist with their determination. If Ferrari USA is unsure about any part, they then send the photos to Maranello for their "final" decision.

I knew from the beginning that the radio was not original, but I was lucky to find on Ebay a "new in the box" Ferrari 430/612 Becker radio ($900 USD) that passed the certification (the front fascia is identical to the 550 model).

Two months later and a lot of agony waiting, I was told that Ferrari USA determined that the mufflers were not original. This surprised the dealership staff, but after a detailed explanation from Ferrari USA and confirmed by Maranello, they were able to identify a very subtle difference. Obviously, the 3rd party muffler manufacturer intended to duplicate the OEM part as closely as possible. Since Ferrari has stopped making this muffler, I had to find 2 "used original" mufflers so I went back to the parts supplier that I purchased the radio from and was lucky again to buy a good used set (about $2,500 USD including tax and overnight shipping to Canada).

The mufflers have been installed, new photos taken, and now awaiting for the final report, hopefully the certificate, and the invoice.

I discovered that there is no standard price for a Ferrari Classiche Certification. The price is based on the dealer's hourly shop rate and the number of hours to complete their work, just like any other repair work. Since not all Ferrari dealers charge the same shop rate and not all Ferraris are created equally, the cost of Ferrari Classiche Certification will vary from dealer to dealer and from car to car.

Since I only had to replace the radio and mufflers, these costs were manageable to obtain the certification. However, I did not ask what would I have been charged by the dealer if I did not replace the radio and mufflers and likewise did not receive the certification?

But I will ask this question and complete my experience report back here once everything gets done. I'm planning to test drive the car at the dealership next week (located 180 mi/300 km from me), so stay tuned!

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Gianni- Affirmative, the Scaglietti options introduced in late 97/early98 included the racing seats.

Also, many folks do refer to the 18" modulars as "Barchetta wheels", even though that is not technically correct. On the 575s, in contrast, nobody refers to the 19" modulars as "Superamerica wheels" because so many more owners specified those wheels for the 575M when they became available around Fall/Winter 2001 (~SN 130000). Not too many 550 owners ordered them early in production, likely because the dealers did not really push (or perhaps even know about) the Scaglietti options.

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