Chrome or Black Horse?

Discussion in '308/328' started by Jim Riggs, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. Jim Riggs

    Jim Riggs Karting

    Jan 25, 2004
    My 348 SS comes with comes with chromed horses on the front and rear. I am considering replacing them with black horses. I know that it is not "origniale", but it might look better. What do you think? Also, does anyone have a source for the black horses. Cheers, Jim
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  3. GDautosport

    GDautosport Formula Junior

    Nov 5, 2003
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    that would depend on what color your car is; it seems to work very well with some combinations.
  4. Jim Riggs

    Jim Riggs Karting

    Jan 25, 2004
    My 348 SS is rossa corsa with a tan interior. Regards, Jim
  5. SkizoACE

    SkizoACE Formula Junior

    Mar 24, 2004
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    Red with black horses? No way man. That would look too funky.
  6. Auraraptor

    Auraraptor F1 World Champ
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    Sep 25, 2002
    Jim, if I recall correctly, earlier 348's had black horses. I know for a fact that earlier TR's had black horses.

    Personally, (not that it really matters, but hey) I like the chrome horsey. :)
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  8. Cavallino Motors

    Cavallino Motors F1 World Champ
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    May 31, 2001
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    Martin W.
    Until 1993 they came with black horses then with the GT models and the SS and CH series they changed them to chrome. The front horse BTW is not stock in either case. (let me rephrase that I believe not on the GT series but it did come on the SS and the CH.
  9. alx355gt

    alx355gt F1 Veteran

    Feb 3, 2004
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    If I'm correct...
    Before 1993 348's (tb&ts)had a black horse on the rear grill, none on the front grill... After that they (GTB, GTS, Spider, US SerieSpeciale, EU GT Competizione & Challenge) normally had silver ones both on the front and rear grill. They had to mark the fact that the car was "grown" or "improved/updated". This also happened when the Testarossa (normally didn't have a "cavallino" on the front grill, black on the rear) was replaced by the 512TR f.e. This last one had the silver horse both on the front and rear grill.
    Of course, some owners changed/replaced this to match personal taste...

    To answer the question, I like the silver horse better.
  10. dherman76

    dherman76 Formula Junior

    Feb 25, 2004
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    Darren Herman
    Personally, I would choose "chrome"...but that is my $0.02
  11. 355fiorano

    355fiorano Formula Junior

    Oct 21, 2003
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    Black horses ware only carried by the racing ferraris. The only ferrari to have a black horse with no racing history was the 288 GTO as the series it was designed to race in, was banned. As far as I know, there are no factory 348's or other modern f-cars fitted with a black horse. No car subsequent to the 288 carried it.

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  13. audionut

    audionut Formula Junior

    Apr 25, 2003
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    My '86 TR came originally with a black horse in the back. I changed it to chrome. The black horse is flat. The chrome is not.
  14. 355fiorano

    355fiorano Formula Junior

    Oct 21, 2003
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    did you buy i new ?
  15. zjpj

    zjpj F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    Keep the chrome. It looks better and it sets your car apart as what it is.
  16. audionut

    audionut Formula Junior

    Apr 25, 2003
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    Adrian Low
    No, but the previous owner had it since 86 and AFAIK left it orginal...about the only thing he didn't change! lol
  17. judge4re

    judge4re F1 World Champ

    Apr 26, 2003
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    To answer your second question, you can get them at any Ferrari dealer.
  18. BigHead

    BigHead Formula Junior

    Oct 31, 2003
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    Actually, every 348 before the Series Speciale had black horses. Are you perhaps thinking about the fender shields with the black horses? They were were used only on racing Ferraris, and not on Street cars until the 288GTO, F40, F50, and became an option on later street cars.


  19. Victory

    Victory Formula Junior

    Jan 28, 2004
    Having a black horse is your option. I've seen it being used on a 348 and it looked OK.

    Try it. If you don't like it you can always chrome it again.
  20. Husker

    Husker F1 Veteran
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    Dec 31, 2003
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    Chrome to black: Can you say "Krylon"?
  21. 92_348ts

    92_348ts Formula Junior

    Jun 6, 2002
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    Jim- I agree with everyone else, I think chrome looks best. However, if you do decide to go with the black cavallino I have a rear one available (I just replaced my factory black cavallino with a chrome one).
  22. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang F1 World Champ
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    Mar 8, 2003
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    Chrome / Black
    All answers above are right, but don`t forget the other reason:
    In 1988 & 1989 all european (don`t know about the US market) Ferraris were delivered with balck horses!
    In memory of Enzo Ferrari, who died.
  23. venusone

    venusone F1 Rookie

    Mar 20, 2004
    From an artist: Is there much chrome on the car? If not I would go w/ anodized or silk black prancing horses to match grills, trim, etc. I wonder if anyone wants to be as subtle as to go red on red like I did on my white on white 240Z emblems. Mabe not on a Ferrari.
  24. TigerAce

    TigerAce Formula 3

    May 29, 2003
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    Yoshi Ace
    Based on some F owners site in Japan, it was popular mod to match horse's color to the body color. Personally, I won't do this, but pics looked good. (unfortunately I don't know where the pics went in my computer, as I looked for it for the past 10 min.)

    Jim, you can do whatever YOU please since it's your car. You want your 348 different from others, right?
  25. Brandi

    Brandi Karting

    Jan 27, 2004
    Milano, Italy
    Keep the chromed ones... more beautiful to me...

    I had them on my 348 and they were much better looking, imo, than the black ones...
  26. Uberpower

    Uberpower Formula Junior

    Feb 6, 2004

    I will come and find you if you convert them. ;)
  27. milby

    milby Rookie

    Jan 20, 2004
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    Chrome looks best on all colors, all models. The black matte doesn't stand out well enough. Nothing better than chrome glinting in the sunlight, moonlight, street lights, other car's lights..............
  28. Bimmerista

    Bimmerista Formula 3

    Feb 7, 2004
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    Got pics???? Its good to be different, but its hard for me to judge w/out actual pics.

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