Gianni, I assumed a US version. Not sure which countries didn't have them in 95 (besides the UK), but US cars have had them since Sept 1989. Here's a photo of a 95 for sale in Texas. The Ferrari parts manual lists both with and without but does not contain corresponding info on serial or VIN numbers.Just checked several 1995 456 GTs and none had steering wheel or passenger-side das airbags.
This 456 GT was originally imported into Japan by Cornes and I looked at it 2 days ago and it definitely did not have airbags in the steering wheel or dashboard as shown in your photo (see photo here). I do not have the VIN but the Assembly No. is 18681. I'll go back tomorrow to pick-up the seller's documentation on the car which is excellent. I'll also take a photo of the VIN plate showing the manufacturing date. Goes to show that not all Ferrari of the same model are built equally.Gianni, I assumed a US version. Not sure which countries didn't have them in 95 (besides the UK), but US cars have had them since Sept 1989. Here's a photo of a 95 for sale in Texas. The Ferrari parts manual lists both with and without but does not contain corresponding info on serial or VIN numbers.
Whoohoo! Thank you for the good news, Terry!When the Scaglietti options for the 550 appeared over the winter of 97/98, CF trim was an option and it included a CF shift knob. The same basic design carried over to the 575, 612, and 599. Very expensive from the factory as a separate item..
Hello Terry,Gianni- There were probably more like 200-300 manual 612s out of the 3025 built.
Here's a photo of my rear bumper cracks, very similar to yours. I had the front bumper cracks repaired at a Ferrari dealership, where they ground the crack to sound base material, filled them in with unknown material (top secret), prepared the repaired surface, then painted the entire bumper. But they totally missed the rear bumper cracks!Gianni,
Sorry for the late response, I am only now seeing your post regarding bumper cracks.
In the last 18 months, I have inspected/driven 6 different 456Ms. Four of them had the small vertical cracks as you describe. I've enclosed a photo of the latest car below. In the photo, there are two cracks in the horizontal section just above the corners of the license plate.
At first, I was very alarmed/concerned by them and assumed they were the result of a low speed impact. Yet on only the first of the cars was there any other visible damage or signs of repair. In that case, the owner admitted that she had backed into the garage wall.
I have come to believe that it is a fairly common occurrence with these composite structures. However, my guess is that the material is prone to stress cracks from a combination of heat cycles, repeated expansion and contraction, and perhaps leaning on them while accessing the boot (or engine, but I have not seen them in front bumpers)
My understanding is that the official Ferrari fix is quite involved. How did you remedy yours?
BTW - the car in the picture should arrive tomorrow. I'll post more details then.
It is logical that the cracks would align with "outside of the bracket" since its the focal point of the applied stress (i.e., bending point due to vibration).Gianni,
Comparing the crack locations to the parts diagram, most of the ones I've seen seem to align with the outside of the bracket.
I think your explanation of the cause makes sense. If that is correct, do you suppose a thin rubber pad, mounted between the bumper and bracket, would solve the issue?