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QV Louvers, Black or Body Color?

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  1. gonzo350

    gonzo350 Karting

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    I'm a bit confused as I've seen it both ways. Where they black or body colored from the factory? Mine are body color.
     
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  3. GrayTA

    GrayTA F1 World Champ
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    All the ones I can recall seeing were black. Mine are black (of course my car is Metallic Black). Not sure where there may be another distinction, but I seem to remember the red cars and yellows I have seen being black as well.


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  4. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    I think Euro's came with body color. I kind of like the black as it matches the louvers on the rear deck lid.
     
  5. 308nut

    308nut Formula 3
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    All the US cars came with black louvers,

    Euro cars it was an option for painted louvers and air foil



    Wade
     
  6. gonzo350

    gonzo350 Karting

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    LOL so it could be either way....mine are painted, however I'm partial to the contrast of the black.
     
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  8. magnum

    magnum Formula Junior

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    US: Black
    Euro: Body colour
     
  9. speedy

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    #7 speedy, Jan 28, 2010
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    I don't know for sure. My car is a Euro with flat black louvers - same as rear deck. However the car was repainted in 2001 prior to my ownership. Not sure if the louvers were.

    There were special order options from the factory. If I were a betting man I would say that it's possible that some Euro cars that left the factory with painted louvers to meet the owner's needs. Nothing was 100% in the 80s.
     
  10. Verell

    Verell F1 Veteran
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    My '82 Euro QV has black fender & bonnet louvers. The bonnet louver is clearly black anodized, has never been painted. The fender louvers are satin black like the boot lid louvers, no obvious signs of repainting.
     
  11. Steve King

    Steve King F1 Rookie

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    I was under the impression that the carb cars (76-79) were body color and the FI cars went with black anodize.
     
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  13. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    #10 BigTex, Jan 28, 2010
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    I think that IS the case, certainly in the US...

    But there's been a lot of mods by owners since then, this is the first I have heard mention of a 'Factory Option' to choose...

    I only say that because I have a 1977 that SOLD in Summer 1980 and they had to add the black grills and rear wing to do the deal. To match the new cars on the floor around it.

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  14. Paul_308

    Paul_308 Formula 3

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    A simple search for 'louvers body' will uncover this bi-yearly question so I'm surprised that so many owners still don't know.

    308 cars are Body Colored with the EXCEPTION of US QV cars which are black anodized.

    A Previous thread and one of many

    http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=205025
     
  15. Verell

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    #12 Verell, Jan 28, 2010
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    Paul, while that's the common understanding perpetuated by Keith Blumel's book, there are known exceptions such as my Euro QV with black anodized louvers and there's no reason to believe the parts were ever replaced.
     
  16. Paul_308

    Paul_308 Formula 3

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    Intentionally done in accordance with Enzo's desire never to produce two cars alike. One starts with an engine and running gear... everything else is an selectable option.
     
  17. thecarreaper

    thecarreaper F1 World Champ
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    my euro QV GTB had body colored louvers, and no rear spoiler.
     
  18. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    That's the cleanest look, IMO.....I'll be changing #20405 back to that as I refinish the car....
     
  19. venusone

    venusone F1 Rookie

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    Personally I like hood louvers body color. Sort of depends on what you want to emphasize. Stealthy lines or techno angles of the time. Authentic factory is such a statement too. I like to imagine I could have ordered mine to my specs.
     
  20. jratcliff

    jratcliff Formula 3

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    And black engine louvers.

    John
     

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