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Carbon Fiber Racing Seats in a 360

Discussion in '360/430' started by scott63, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. scott63

    scott63 Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
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    I saw a 360 today that had the carbon fiber racing seats in it. I find them to be very good, although they take a bit of time to get used to... What is your opinion on them? Do they affect resale value at all (either positively or negatively)

    Thanks,
    Scott
     
  2. sherpa23

    sherpa23 F1 Veteran
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    May 28, 2003
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    I acrually really like them but I was told by two dealers that they have a very hard time selling the cars with those seats. They are a big negative on the resale.
     
  3. jeff

    jeff Formula 3

    Feb 19, 2001
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    Scott
    Last year my dealer had a used spider for sale with only 200 miles. The car had the carbon fiber race seats and the owner hated them enough to trade the car in. The dealer said the seats are a difficult resale.
     
  4. zsnnf

    zsnnf Formula 3

    Sep 11, 2003
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    Carbon seats work great. There is no law that says you have to throw the stock seats away :) It should only take a couple of hours, or less, to change them out.

    Rick
     
  5. Kds

    Kds F1 World Champ

    It's really a double edged sword when you have those seats in a car IMHO.

    The sporting driver (for lack of a better term) will pay up the extra $$$ for a car with them, and the car will sell faster IMHO as well, since it is more unique. I am speaking from experience here in re-selling a couple of used 360's in the last 12 months with those seats.

    The comfort driver (again, for lack of a better term) will stick with the regular seats. BTW, it's really easy to switch someone into the sport seats unless they have physical challenges like size or body articulation.

    If anything, the outdated styling of the "Daytona" seats in a modernist car like the 360, especially with "piping and colored seat inserts", are the biggest problem a 360 Modena can have, and I will not inventory a car with them unless it's about $10K LESS than I would pay for a car with regular seats. Those are a really tough sell.

    I'd pay more for a car with sport seats as well.

    Again......it's just one opinion about a marketplace that could be different from your own locale.
     
  6. Tim

    Tim Karting

    Nov 1, 2003
    88
    I agree with KDS. those dated daytona seats have got to go.

    I currently have the race seats from the factory, installed at the factory and covered in leather same as the rest of the interior. these seats are by far the most comfortable seats in the car, performance driver or not. the stock seats feel like you are sitting on top of them instead of in them. the racing seats put you in them and you feel much more comfortable, like your being held in. they also look incredible in the car and match the looks of the car. if they are a different color than the interior of the car then I think they would be a detractant.
     
  7. Jack(LA)

    Jack(LA) Formula Junior

    Nov 16, 2003
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  8. bboxer

    bboxer Formula Junior

    Aug 6, 2001
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    I've had mine for 3 years, they sure look good but my lower back suffers. The 550"Barchetta" seats have the same shell but are better padded and have less of a slanted lower seat. If I had my choice again, those are the ones I would go for. I recently discussed trading my car with my local dealer and they actually thought the sports seats will help the value.
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  9. bboxer

    bboxer Formula Junior

    Aug 6, 2001
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    Jack, yours are not the 360 optional sports seats but Barchetta seats, right ?
     
  10. shelbee

    shelbee Guest

    Agree with bboxer. I like the one on 550 better than 360s.

    Somehow seat feels to follow my back contour more on the 550. Looks very nice on barchetta's
     
  11. Jack(LA)

    Jack(LA) Formula Junior

    Nov 16, 2003
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  12. Russ Birch

    Russ Birch Formula Junior

    Oct 31, 2003
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    I just sat in a Stradale and the seats are to die for!!! I hate the stock seats in my 360. The bolsters impinge upon my mid back and make anything more than an hour in the car simply unbearable. The Stradale seats felt like they were made for ME.

    If anyone knows where I can get tan leather covered Stradale (style) seats, PLEASE let me know!

    Russ
     
  13. Artherd

    Artherd F1 Veteran

    Jun 19, 2002
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    Rode in Norman's car several times, has the factory sport seats. A must have, and right on the edge of being comfortable for the street.

    Their support is also amazing, and involve you in the car.

    NOTE: The 360 sport seats come in at least 3 different sizes, specified by the buyer at order time!!!

    THEY ARE NOT ALL THE SAME, and fitiment is VERY important. Beware buying used, esp if you have sat in someone's car with "large" seats and buy a car with 'small' seats only seeing pictures, and thinking you are getting the same thing.

    As always, ask for details. Anyone know of identifying marks?

    Best!
    Ben.
     
  14. storminnormin

    storminnormin Formula Junior

    Jul 31, 2002
    572
    California
    I notice the seat cushion stitching is different in the pics posted by bboxer and Jack(LA). My seats look like bboxer's. I wonder how Jack's seats are specified differently.

    BTW. I love my sport seats. Wouldn't have the car any other way.
     
  15. rjklein

    rjklein Karting

    Nov 3, 2003
    124
    IF there is a dealer out there that would like to swap out the racing seats for stock ones I will buy or trade mine. I would love to have those seats in my car.
     
  16. t88power

    t88power Formula 3

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    I love the sport seats, and actually find them much more comfortable than the standard factory seats.

    Ernesto
     
  17. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

    Nov 3, 2003
    1,046
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    I replaced my standard seals with Sparco Milano seats - virtually the same as Ferrari racing seats except plastic rather than carbon fibre (which obviously doesn't affect comfort). kept the originals for resale time.
     
  18. ronsupercar

    ronsupercar Formula 3

    May 2, 2002
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    Love the Carbon seats on the Coupes.. They don't belong in a spyder..


    My 2 cents..
     
  19. paulie_b

    paulie_b F1 Veteran
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    Jan 13, 2003
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    I have the carbon fiber racing seats,covered in leather, also and like them alot and find them very comfortable. At first I was not sure if I would but am glad that I got them. They are an expensive option. The stock seats are really not that comfortable. After seeing the seats in a Stradale and Enzo they are very similar. The seats also give a very sporty look.
     
  20. jwkc

    jwkc Rookie

    Oct 31, 2003
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    Any pictures ???
     
  21. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

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    As for photos - I have not any yet but when London weather improves and I get the spider out (2005 based on the view from my window!) I will get some posted.

    Cost wise they came in at £550 plus fitting £100 (time and brackets). Since I intend to swap back to original seats for resale a much better option than the authorised dealer quote of nearly £7000 for Ferrari ones!!
     
  22. Gary(SF)

    Gary(SF) F1 Rookie

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    We're talkin', what, next July? :)
     
  23. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

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    Pictures of Sparcos
     
  24. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

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    ... are on the way once I get this attachment business sorted!
     
  25. rob lay

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