SM- Production for the CS was 1288. Have not seen real numbers on the Scud/16M yet. No idea how someone would know that 488 CS cars had been written off. That would be nearly 40% of production (38% actually), which is kind of hard to believe.
Sounds like someone with a CS to sell. Do not pay attention to that kind of talk. The CS is, in my opinion, the best looking of all the 360/F430 variants, with the Scud/16M close behind. The CS requires more maintenance, has an older alarm system with keys and fobs, and has VVT on only one set of cams, while the F430 variants have chains, VVT on intake
and exhaust, E-Diff, a modern alarm system and key/fob, and other updates like TPMs.
But the CS is a very pure near-race car, well-loved by its owners, and still relatively scarce compared to 17,000 360s, a similar number of F430s, and who knows how many Scud/16M models.
Have fun deciding. For similar money, I would probably take an untracked Scud.