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550 Barchetta - want to talk me out of it ?? Help !

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  1. JAM1

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    Thanks. I agree the visibility is excellent. The other thing I really like in the barchetta is the sound and connectivity to the driving experience. The lack of a top mixed with the wrapped up sport seats whole rowing a classic 6 speed manual with the sounds of the 12 cylinders exhaust that close to your ear with the open experience is really unmatched. The other thing about this car that I absolutely love is the pack of buttresses behind the seats - something absent in today’s convertibles.
     
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    The aerodynamic bumps directly behind the seats are bad ass.
     
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    Never driven a Barchetta, but had 5 different convertibles in the past (69 Camaro, 82 Veloce, 89 560SL, 90 Miata, and 97 Z3) I think the biggest problems with any topless driving are wind noise and buffeting, and ambient noise which can be very tiring on long trips particularly on highways. Nothing beats driving topless in light rain or in freezing temperatures with the heater blowing at your feet. But wind and noise are unavoidable. The wind effects and tire noise from big trucks become unbearably annoying very quickly. I used to go out of my way to travel on backroads to avoid highways in order to enjoy topless driving. I'd imagine in the UK one could plan their trips to be mostly on A and B roads, which makes high speed driving not very practical or safe. Probably Ferrari made helmets available to Barchetta owners to help manage noise and buffeting not for impact protection which is provided for by the seatbelts, windshield and the bar loops behind the seats.
     
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    Mine came with a Tubi but I can barely hear the exhaust. On the other hand my 612 OTO has the factory exhaust. This thing is so loud I can barely hear anything else. How can I duplicate that sound on my 550? I thought Tubis were supposed to be loud. Another thing I want to do is to add wheel spacers for the rear wheels. They need to stick out a bit.
     
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    Get rid of the center muffler/resonator and replace it with straight, X, or H pipes. Fabio's H pipe is a good compromise between power and resonance.
     
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    Earplugs is another option. I always ride my motorcycle with a helmet and ear plugs. It helps. My car also makes almost no noise.
     
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    Which one would be the loudest?
     
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    Straight pipes, but also highest probability of resonance. Resonance bothers some owners, others do not mind.
     
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    It’s a year on and wondering if you managed to buy one?

    I had one of the most memorable drives of my life in a Barchetta. One summers evening I had to pick up my son who had been at the theatre in the centre of Cambridge with his school. I turned up at 11pm and you should have seen his face with all his friends watching. We set off through the narrow streets with the Tubi's howling off the buildings, somewhat reminiscent of the video a 275 being driven around Paris flat out.
    If I had been caught they would have thrown away the keys. It was only 7 miles home but flat out, it was an experience to remember. I know my son will remember it forever, he did not stop smiling for days.

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    I forgot to say, my Barchetta came with a tonneau cover which I think quite a few of the UK cars had which was very useful, if I rember correctly, you could drive with just one side of the cockpit open and cover the cockpit very quickly if you were parking at a restaurant in the evening.
    Those were the days, going to a restaurant on a nice evening!!
     
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    Thank you for the recommendation. However, does resonance even come into play with a car that does not have a top? I own a Porsche 930 Cabriolet which is heavily modified. The resonance is unbearable with the top up but as soon as I drop the top, I don't feel the resonance anymore.
     
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    Beats me, mine is a coupe with Fabio's 6-1 headers, 200 series cats, OEM straight pipes, and OEM SA HGTC mufflers. Has a bit of resonance around 2500 rpm.
     
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    Do you happen to have any pics of that cover? Love to see it...
     
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    What a beautiful interior ^^^^
     
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    Thanks for posting the pics. I’m trying to stick with no modifications (buttons, fasteners, etc) and keep it spring loaded with plastic channels to sit in the doors unless I see something else that would leave the car in modified. The middle zipper is certainly an awesome feature though.
     
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    Hi Joe

    I reached out to the gentleman that bought my car over 10 years ago and he still has it, and coincidentally was driving it this week.

    He kindly sent me these photos and also gave me this reply:-

    Good morning Grant

    Please see attached some photos with the tonneau on.

    You will remember that it uses the rod from the Ferrari soft top to locate under the boot lid, and press studs to locate on the door tops. There is a zip so that you can drive with the passenger side covered (but the drivers side section has to wedge behind the driver's seat)

    I would point out to the guy that the tonneau rubs on the rubber window seal by the mirror - I had to replace mine.

    If he doesn't already have the press studs fitted to the doors then i wouldn't get one. I saw a red car where the press studs had started to rust (mine have not).

    The Michalak roof is superb. I have the carbon fibre one - v smart. It takes 2mins to fit single handed. https://www.michalak.eu/ferrari-550-barchetta-softtop
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    I think the interior was called Carta di zucchero
     
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    Many thanks, Grant. I’ll definitely skip the button fastener method.

    I hadn’t heard of the Michalak top - that looks like a fantastic solution. It’s what Ferrari should have done! I have already reached out to order one. Appreciate your follow up with the new owner and the link.

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    this is the winner for me
    disclaimer: if I owned a barchetta
     
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    How much is the cost for the top.
     

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