Why do this??? 550

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by cab7104, May 26, 2004.

  1. cab7104

    cab7104 Karting

    Mar 25, 2004
    Rochester, NY
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  3. Z0RR0

    Z0RR0 F1 Rookie

    Apr 11, 2004
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    Maybe because the 550 barchetta is beyond ultra rare ...
    It's not even an ugly job ... I'd be curious to see it with the top up though ...
  4. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
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    Mr. Doody
    is that a trick question?

    here's why you might want to cut a 550:

    (A) the barchetta top is a joke. it's fully manual. you get out of the car and snap it into place. and you can't drive fast with it on.

    (B) the factory offers no 12 cylinder convertible option (456, 550, 575M, 612).

    (C) the aftermarket tops are automatic (as automatic as a 355 top, if not fully automatic).

    (D) for about the same cost as a 550 Barchetta, you can buy TWO used 550 Maranellos and have one round-shipped to Pavesi in Milan to be cut. then you end up with a coupe and a droptop to suit your ever-changing moods.

    to the best of my knowledge, straman never cut a 550. i'm not even sure i buy the rumors that he cut a couple 456s - i thought he was out of the game off on his boat by then. but anyway....


    F SPIDER F1 Rookie

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    rijk rietveld
    I thought that Straman cut at least 2 550's and did so before the Barchetta came out. I remember seeing one at WWoC at the time.
  6. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    True dat.
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  8. ssmith2k3

    ssmith2k3 Karting

    Apr 7, 2004
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  9. cab7104

    cab7104 Karting

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    I guess I wasn't thinking about the fact that they were made before the Barchetta. I guess I have not seen a really good convesion from coupe to convert that didn't leak/whistle and whatnot. I guess I still don't see the point, but it is a matter of opinion I guess.

  10. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
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    thanks ssmith2k3!

    i stand corrected.

  11. sparta49

    sparta49 F1 Veteran

    Mar 3, 2001
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    If I remember correctly a 550 Barchetta sold a Barret Jackson for $250k this year it was Posi Blue
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  13. 4i2fly

    4i2fly Formula 3

    Apr 16, 2004
    SF, Bay Area
    I am with Doody on this one. Plus, have you seen one with the top up! Most convertible don't share the same smooth lines as their coupe siblings but, the 550 B kinda looks like the rear of the top is way too far up and gives the car a weird stance! I don't like it with top up, however, it looks very nice w/o the top!
  14. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

    Aug 3, 2002
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    Carbon McCoy
    Yes, Straman cut two Maranellos.
  15. PSk

    PSk F1 World Champ

    Nov 20, 2002
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    Barchetta is ugly and a joke ... a cut 550 will be worth more than a Barchetta very shortly as the price of the Barchetta keep falling like a very, very heavy lead rock.

    Designer should be castrated IMO ... just stupid.
  16. shelbee

    shelbee Guest

    I heard they will be making 575M spider
  17. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
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    Mr. Doody
    we have gotten confirmation from FNA that a prototype does in fact exist. however, the data that's come back through official channels is that the car has NOT yet been approved to be put into production. the data coming back through back channels seems to suggest that is HAS been approved. my understanding is that there'll be more information on this relatively shortly - like - sometime in june.

  18. bostonmini

    bostonmini Formula 3

    Nov 8, 2003
    If your going to drive it, Id prefer the chop job...the only piece Id want from a barchetta (which should come with touring seats, btw!) is the low windshield pillar..looks nice...the full top is critical, and the barchetta top is horrible looking when up..and under 80 mph..the top allowable speed.
  19. DodgeViper01

    DodgeViper01 F1 Veteran

    Oct 1, 2003
    I guess someone really wanted a convertible. hehe
  20. bobafett

    bobafett F1 Veteran

    Sep 28, 2002
    I would GLADLY submit my 550 to Parvesi or Straman for a conversion if we knew they were doing it right.

  21. Tenney

    Tenney F1 Rookie

    Feb 21, 2001

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