Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Cars located in Alberta
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Ferrari Classiche Certification - My Experience for 1997 550 Maranello
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!
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello FHP; 1999 Ferrari 456M GT; 1996 Buick Riviera; 2008 Bentley GT; 2010 Lotus Evora; 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV;
Past cars: 1965 Corvette Stingray Roadster; 1974 Corvette Stingray.