I guess it's an option.
however, if you look closely, with all the older models right up too the 355. All the shields are ontop of the carroserie, and if you look too let say a Barchetta it's in the carroserie.
I've got a couple of good examples from it in my models section of my site
what Ferrari model do you have? I am sure you have posted it before but I forgot. You should add it to your profile, I did check there.
I'm not sure what models came with them (if any). You can get the magnetic backed shields at some of the accessory dealers and I have even seen them on EBay. I am planning on getting a set for my car. I think it adds a look of distinction (but then again, there are a lot of people out there with Honda Civics and Dodge Colts that think a "Fear This" sticker in the back window adds a look of distinction). At any rate, they are less than $20 for a set so I will get them and try them out on the car and if I don't like them they can always go on the refrigerator. They look great on Paul Green's 308, check him out at www.Ferrari308.com
The Scuderia shield was originally only on race cars, but i guess people figured they looked cool on all Ferraris, so they became an option on 360's ad up. The ones on TR's and 348's, etc are all added by the owner.
Tim is right, the embedded shields were factory optional from the 360 onwards. On other cars they are mostly added by the owner at one time. However, the 288 GTO already had them in 1985. I think this was the first street Ferrari that had this from the factory.
I prefer Ferraris without the shields unless they came out of the factory with them.
If you look at the shields applied by the owners on various Ferraris, you will see that they appear all over the place: some are closer to the side mirrors, some are in the middle area between the side mirrors and the hood, some are positioned high up and some lower down.
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