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Discussion in 'Mondial' started by syata, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. syata

    syata Formula Junior

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    I noticed a lot of Mondials have the Shields on the front quarter panels. My 1988 Mondial CAB also had them when I purchased the cat a few years ago.

    Did the shields come with the car, was this an option or did the owners put them on?


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  2. MalcQV

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    I don't think it was a factory option. OEM Ferrari shields are usually metal and set into the wings (quarter panels) but I'm happy to be told otherwise.
     
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  3. swong46

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    My car has rubbery ones and I saw another car with them. They told me it was a euro option but I read and hear mixed claims.
     
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  4. Rifledriver

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    Standard on GTO and F40. First car offered as an option was 355. Never on Mondial.
     
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  8. syata

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    Interesting that quite a few of owners put the schied on the front fenders and not keeping it original. Since I got my Mondial with the shields as well and I will not remove them risking damaging the paint I will be one of them.
    Thank you


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  9. Jean-Pierre Marchand

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    For the purist, shields are for competition cars, not street cars.
     
  10. syata

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    ???? So the Fcars that come with the shields from the factory are all competition cars and not street cars???


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  11. Jean-Pierre Marchand

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    Obviously they are for the non-purists. What's so hard to understand?
     
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  12. moysiuan

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    I think this version was on the early racing Ferrari's, so it would be the purist choice, ideally hand painted for true authenticity.

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    Hopefully you didn't come here to troll... ;)

    If the car came with shields from the Factory then obviously Ferrari doesn't give a damn about Purists. :D
     
  16. MalcQV

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    Shields were originally for competition cars. However Ferrari have changed that simply by offering them as an option on road cars. My 360 has the OEM shields too.
    Cloverleaf badge on Alfa Romeos represented a similar thing. They now offer them from the factory.
     
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  17. syata

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    Thank you .

    I just noticed quite a few Mondials have the shields, to include mine when I bought it. I was not sure if this was an option at the time or coincidence that many Mondial owners chose to add the shield. Also the photo I saw the shield all looked to be same in size...another coincidence.

    And yes, I know that Ferrari race cars had the shield painted on the fenders which you did not see on the street cars at the time.

    Thank you all again for clarifying this.


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  18. syata

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  19. paulchua

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    To me side shields are one of those things that is completely up to the individual. Similar to chrome or matte finish. If you like em - add em, if not - remove them. The previous owner of my car had some cheap magnetic ones on mine. They look fine, but I preferred the non-shield look so I took em off. On some Ferrari cars I would add them on others I would not. Just personal opinion.
     
  20. moysiuan

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    I understand the first sheilds indented into the fenders in a non-competition model was the 1994 348 GTC special edition. Between 1994-1998 it appears some cars had sheilds installed at the factory, but were not widely available. Probably a few of the 355's and 550's started to have them done as custom orders. In 1998, Ferrari got its custom order business formalized, and all Ferrari's had the indented sheilds as an option, and it was very popular, and lucrative for the factory.

    With the sheild trend getting traction in the 90's, a fellow made some sheilds that were really high quality metal cloisonne type items, that stuck on with 3m tape, called Yoshisheilds. I think he stopped making them some time ago, but for a period of time it seemed popular to put them on Mondial's, 308's, etc. even though none of the 80's road cars had them in period. The mid and late 1980's 288GTO, F40 rspectively (and later F50) all had the sheilds as standard items, and although not race series cars were certainly channeling the track ethos at the time. So that probably encouraged the 308/328 guys when the cars were becoming simply used cars to keep them "up to date" and slap on some stickers. As we move into the current era, the 308/328/Mondial are now emerging as classics in their own right, and the classic theme usually prizes originality as a way of preserving the cars authentic history. So the stickers and shields tend to be getting taken off. The older high quality Yoshisheilds are kind of iconic in their own way, and I would leave them on and they are I think irreplacable at this point. If you have some plastic resin or metal ones where the quality is not up to a factory finish item, I would probably take them off, and go for the cleaner originality theme.

    For those brave souls with a sense of humour, these seem to be getting some traction these days...there is something inherently fun about not being too serious with all this!


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  21. Rifledriver

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    No, the 288 GTO was first street car in 1985 followed by the F40 in 1989. From 355 and newer they were widely available, it was an extra cost option.
     
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    Ha! I love these. I'm going to look for a tshirt or ball cap with this logo on it. ;)

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